Hino Motors, Ltd., commonly known as simply Hino, is a Japanese manufacturer of buses. It has its main headquarter in Hino-shi, Tokyo. Hino first started producing buses in Japan in 1946 as Hino Industry Co Ltd. Hino Motors, Ltd., is a company focused on enriching the world for present and future generations by providing means of carrying people and goods safely and efficiently.
It provides customers worldwide with products optimally suited to their needs, and we help our customers make the most of their HINO buses by providing comprehensive follow-up service in the spirit of “Total Support.”
Take for example their wide suspensions that achieve supple riding comfort, or their expansive loading capacity with ample passenger room, or the powerful performance of their engines that have been designed considering environmental friendliness. Even in the area of bus chassis development, the craftsmanship and philosophy that we have nurtured through the development help us achieve high levels of comfort and performance. Hino Motors, Ltd. provide best-fit products incorporating safety and environmental technologies.
History of Hino Buses
Hino name was born during World War II. The company dropped the “Heavy” from its name and formally concentrated on the buses markets, as Hino Industry Co., Ltd. The company took its name from the location of its headquarters in Hino city within Tokyo prefecture.
In 1930:- Moving into manufacturing of buses Adopted for Japan’s first public route (Ministry of Railways) buses.
In 1937:- The Automobile Division of Tokyo Gas Electric Engineering Co., Ltd., Automobile Industry Co., Ltd., and Kyodo Kokusan K.K. were merged into Tokyo Automobile Industry Co., Ltd.
1947:- The release of Japan’s first trailer bus was a breath of fresh air for urban transport.
In 1950:- Started production of heavy-duty diesel buses (single-wheel type), the release of Japan’s first trolley bus.
In 1953:- Japan’s first center under-floor engine bus Release of “Blue Ribbon” box-type bus.
1977:- Changed the market for touring coaches Japan’s first body-framed touring coach released.
In 1990:- Release of the S’ELEGA touring coach.
In 1991:- Release of world-first hybrid vehicle:- The world’s first commercially available hybrid vehicle was released as an urban transit bus.
1995:- Full model change for small buses with the release of LIESSE SERIES.
In 2002:- HINO BLUE RIBBON CITY Hybrid non-step large-sized route-bus announced. Full model change for touring coaches with Japanese new HINO S’ELEGA announced, in compliance with new (long-term) 2005 regulations on exhaust emissions.
In 2008:- Full model change to the HINO S’ELEGA large touring coach.
In 2010:- Hino provided vehicles for fuel cell hybrid buses operating on the public routes between central Tokyo and Haneda Airport.
2012:- HINO PONCHO electric bus entered pilot service.
In 2016:- 25th anniversary of the launch of HIMR Bus hybrid vehicle.
Hino Buses Models
Hino Blue Ribbon Bus
The Hino Blue Ribbon, a heavy-duty single-decker bus marketed from 1982 onwards. The range is primarily available as city bus and tourist coach. It is a complete bus or a bus chassis. The vehicle is only available with a right-hand drive. The all-in-one developed advanced power line has created an outstanding system that can be optimally controlled from fuel consumption performance, power performance, to operability and comfort.
Hino Liesse Bus
The Hino Liesse, a minibus that was manufactured from 1995 to 2011. The Hino Liesse bus models have been manufactured in such a fashion that they comply strictly with JAPAN’s long-term emission regulations.
The bus model embodies high-level product development technology. The range was primarily available as a city bus and a tourist coach.
Hino Liesse ii Bus
The Hino Liesse ii, a step-floor minibus manufactured from1995 to 2011. The range was mainly available as a city bus. An electronically controlled 6-speed automatic that brings out the high potential of the power unit smoothly. A transmission that achieves smooth gear shifting, responsive start acceleration, and excellent quietness. The left and right wheels independently capture the road surface and absorb the impact.
Hino Melpha Bus
The Hino Melpha, a medium-duty bus produced in 1998. The range has been primarily available as a tourist coach since 1988. The newly adopted A05C engine combines high torque and low fuel consumption at a high level. The body with a full dip cationic electrodeposition coating achieves a beautiful and shiny surface and boasts excellent corrosion resistance. A light and comfortable footwork is realized by optimizing the wheelbase while securing a spacious indoor space. Even on narrow roads, turning is good.
Hino Poncho Bus
The Hino Poncho, a low-floor minibus introduced in 2002. The engine access opening with a wide opening, the use of a slide-type battery carrier, and transfer of the sub-battery to the bulkhead at the rear of the room enable efficient daily inspection and maintenance work. In addition, a pump case for the urea tank installed on the right of the rearmost seat. The body with a full dip cationic electrodeposition coating achieves a beautiful and shiny surface and boasts excellent corrosion resistance.
Hino Rainbow Bus
The Hino Rainbow, a medium-duty single-decker bus marketed since 1980. It was also available for the city bus for the midibus and the tourist coach for the minibus.
The range can be built as either a complete bus or a bus chassis. The combination of the hybrid motor and Pro-Shift realizes not only low fuel consumption but also excellent operability and power performance. The room space and low fuel consumption of all vehicle fuel consumption standards are also high. Hino Rainbow that responds to various driving scenes.
Hino Selega Bus
The Hino Selega is a heavy-duty bus. The range has been primarily available as a tourist coach since 1990. All vehicles equipped as standard, and measures thoroughly taken to everything from passive safety and driver education. Hino is pursuing meticulous and sincere safety in every field of safety, as it is a bus that supports the relief, comfortable travel of all passengers, and sightseeing. The driver’s accelerator and brake operations reduced, which helps reduce fatigue.