Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI) further strengthened its longtime partnership with one of the largest provincial bus companies in the country, Victory Liner, Inc. (VLI) as it recently delivered 50 brand-new luxury Hyundai Universe buses. This is in line with the bus company’s upgrading program, and in keeping with the government thrust to modernize the country’s public transport system.
HARI president and CEO Ma. Fe Perez-Agudo said, “It has been our great pleasure and privilege to be Victory Liner’s key transportation partner. We are grateful for their continued trust and support in Hyundai since we first forged our partnership.” She added that Hyundai’s “tried-and-tested buses such as the Hyundai Universe provide a safer, faster, and more comfortable mode of mass transport for Filipinos.”
Meanwhile, VLI president Johnny Hernandez averred that “Victory Liner’s mission is to move people better, safer by providing timely, cost-efficient, and quality transport services. Working closely with Filipino-owned companies such as HARI brings us one step closer to our goal.
The Hyundai Universe is a heavy-duty bus manufactured in one of the largest plants for commercial vehicles in the world, is durable and has high quality owing to Hyundai’s cutting-edge technology on automatic welding utilizing robot and cathodic electrodeposition system.
The bus is powered by a 12.3-liter Euro 4-compliant electronic diesel engine delivering a maximum of 380ps, enhanced fuel efficiency, and cleaner emissions. The ride on a Hyundai Universe is comfortable with its 49+1 seating capacity and secure because of its highly rigid monocoque body.
Hyundai buses make up almost a third of Victory Liner’s 1,100-bus fleet. Hyundai commercial vehicles are supported by a three-year, 200,000-kilometer warranty (whichever comes first). Additionally, Hyundai supports its business partners with programs such as the Call for Service Inspection (CSI) that bring in highly-trained technicians to repair Hyundai Trucks & Buses fleet right at the customer’s doorstep.
Recently, the Hyundai H-100 Modern Jeepney Class 1 and Hyundai HD50S Modern Jeepney Class 2 were bestowed a Certificate of Compliance (COC) by the Department of Transportation (DOTr), signaling that the models are ready to serve the public.
Hyundai’s Commercial Vehicle segment continues to drive the company’s business growth. In the first 11 months of the year, HARI’s CV business grew by nearly 80 percent. This segment is expected to significantly gain with the introduction and deployment of Hyundai Modern Jeepneys.
“Through our continuous commitment to serve the Filipino riding public and also transportation businesses such as Victory Liner, we are poised to contribute not only to the economy but also to nation-building. Hyundai is revved up to move people, industries, and the entire nation forward,” Agudo added.
In 2017, Hyundai initially supplied 50 Hyundai Universe buses to Victory Liner.