Three Hyundai Staria units to boost DOST’s projects, initiatives

Updated Dec 20, 2023 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

It aims to give the DOST a more efficient means of transport.

Hyundai Motor Philippines Inc. (HMPH) wants to further boost the Department of Science and Technology - Science and Technology Information Institute’s (DOST-STII) projects and initiatives. To do just that, the Korean car brand officially turned over three Hyundai Staria Commuter units to the DOST-STII.

Hyundai Motor Philippines hands over three Staria units to DOSTHyundai Motor Philippines hands over three Staria units to DOST

The three Hyundai Staria units will be utilized for the DOST-STII’s pioneering project, the Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated KioskS (STARBOOKS). It will also serve as a mobility solution for the DOST-STII’s award-winning broadcast platform dubbed DOSTv: Science for the People.  

STARBOOKS is DOST-STII’s project that was launched back in 2011, debuting at the Regional Invention Contests and Exhibits in Davao City. It is a stand-alone pod that serves as an interactive information hub with resources related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).


STARBOOKS also provides educational institutions, local government units (LGUs), and even non-government organizations (NGOs) with a comprehensive digital library in various formats from text, video, and audio. 

With the Hyundai Staria, the DOST-STII can transport the STARBOOKS stand-alone pod in different places efficiently, especially when deployment poses some challenges due to different types of terrain and unpredictable road conditions.  

On the other hand, the DOSTv started airing in 2016 as an online-only weather and SciTech channel. The DOSTv is now also a television program on PTV-4 and CNN Philippines. It features segments such as ExperTalk, Lakas ng Siyensya, and Balitang RapiDOST. 

Hyundai Motor PH and DOSTThe Hyundai Staria is equipped with a 2.2-liter turbodiesel engine

DOSTv also provides public service bulletins from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA) and the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHILVOLCS).    

The Hyundai Staria will also be of service to the DOSTv production team that travels vast distances visiting and covering far-flung cities.

“We are glad to have been given the opportunity to contribute towards the causes of STARBOOKS and DOSTv. Their missions closely resonate with ours. Rest assured that our Hyundai Staria shall be a reliable steed on your journeys,” said HMPH president Dong Wook Lee.

Hyundai Motor Philippines president Dong Wook LeeHyundai Motor Philippines president Dong Wook Lee

The Hyundai Staria Commuter is equipped with a 2.2-liter turbodiesel engine, which is the standard engine among Staria variants in the Philippines. The said power unit delivers 175 horsepower and 430 Nm of torque. The Staria Commuter comes with a six-speed manual transmission and an 11-seater capacity.

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Know more about Hyundai Staria 2024

Hyundai Staria

The Hyundai Staria is a MPV available in a cargo version, an 11-seater variant, a nine-seater, or a seven-seater version. Locally, this model has five different variants. There’s the Cargo MT, Commuter MT, GLS+ AT, Premium+ AT AWD nine-seater, and the Premium+ AT AWD seven-seater. Their prices then range from Php 1,560,000 to Php 3,030,000.

Under the hood of the Staria is a 2.2-liter turbodiesel engine that produces up to 173 horsepower and 430 Nm of torque. It is then paired with an eight-speed automatic gearbox or a six-speed manual transmission. The Premium+ trims are the only ones that have all-wheel-drive. 

Size-wise, this subcompact is 5,253mm long, 1,970mm wide, and 1,990mm in height. It also has a wheelbase length of 3,273mm, and it has a ground clearance of 186mm.

Locally, the Staria competes against the Toyota Hiace and the Kia Carnival. 

₱ 1,560,000 - ₱ 3,030,000