NEWS RELEASE

March 22, 2006

Hino Motors releases new model of the routebus Poncho- Non-step small-sized routebuses in response to increased demand for community minibus -

Hino Motors, Ltd. (“Hino”) announced today that it has released a new model of the Hino Poncho small-sized non-step routebus. The major features of the new model Hino Poncho small-sized non-step routebus are the low floor that facilitates ingress and egress and the largest full-flat floor space of its class*, occupying more than 80% of the total passenger cabin floor space by positioning the tires in the four corners of the vehicle. In addition, it also has considerable flexibility for tight turns on narrow roadways in residential and other districts and an “amiable” simple rounded design, making it a vehicle that is appropriate as a community bus for the aging and barrier-free era. It furthermore has excellent environmental performance in compliance with the New Long-Term Emission Regulations of Japan (2005) as the leader in its class*. Barrier-free compliant non-step specifications have become the mainstream in route buses in recent years reflecting the active participation in society by senior citizens. In addition, there are also mounting needs for small-size non-step community buses due to the increased introduction of community buses at the initiative of local governments especially for residential areas inaccessible to ordinary large- or medium-sized route buses, areas of inconvenient transportation and other locations. Ever since the release of the small-sized Liesse with route bus specifications in 1995, Hino has contributed to the dissemination of community buses as pacesetter in the route minibus and non-step bus markets epitomized by the release of the Rainbow, the first small-sized non-step routebus. in the domestic market, in 2000, the full-flat non-step small-sized routebus Poncho in 2002 and the Hino Poncho with backdoor enabling ingress and egress by wheelchairs from the rear of the vehicle in 2004. The new model Hino Poncho, representing a further evolution of the original Poncho and taking full advantage of these experiences and the record of performance nurtured by Hino, is a bus with greater product competitiveness including body variations, seat layout diversification and cold climate specification availability, thus providing various benefits as the “legs of the public” throughout Japan The major features are described below. 1. Ingress and egress capabilities and passenger cabin space based on universal design concepts - Wide easy-to-use doors have been adopted for ingress and egress and a kneeling (vehicle height adjustment) function is also provided. - Tire house protrusions and level differentials in the passenger cabin are reduced to the minimum and the maximum full-flat floor space in its class* is secured. - New adoption of outside sliding doors with no door pocket and spacious cabin space made possible by the high ceiling. 2. Harmony with the global and route environment - Clean environmental performance befitting a community bus that operates in residential areas made possible by compliance with the New Long-Term Emission Regulations (2005), the first in its class*, through the adoption of the clean diesel system DPR. - Curved lines have been utilized throughout reflecting concepts of amiability and harmony with the community. 3. Compact body demonstrating flexibility - A compact body with a full width of 2.1m and full length of less than 7m demonstrates flexibility in narrow residential areas. 4. Wide variations in possible selection depending on the route roadway conditions and number of passengers - Two body types are available, “Long” (6,990mm) and “Short” (6,290mm). - Either “front facing” or “side facing” (face-to-face) seat layout can be selected. 5. Safety performance that would be expected of a route minibus - A left-side confirmation window on the left front assures wide-ranging visibility for the bus driver when traveling on narrow roadways. - Outside sliding doors are equipped with a safety mechanism for temporary stops by means of a trap prevention sensor. * Class of domestically produced route minibuses with a full length of 7m and full width of 2m Special Hino Poncho Website: http://www.hino.co.jp/poncho/index.html [1. Overview of the new model] 1. Ingress and egress capabilities and passenger cabin space based on universal design concepts - Low wide doorways that facilitate ingress and egress with a opening width of 810mm, central door ground clearance: 310mm (rear door: 315mm) - Kneeling function for lowering the left-side doorway by 50mm to improve ingress/egress - Broadest full-flat floor space in its class*, occupying more than 80% of the entire passenger cabin floor, realized by reducing tire house protrusions of the tires positioned in each corner and level differentials to the minimum - Use by one wheelchair-confined passenger and the assurance of smoother safer movement within the vehicle by securing the full-flat floor and fare box space - Ingress and egress is possible by wheelchair-confined passengers either through the central or rear door using the detachable slope board. - Stanchion poles (hand rails) with a thickness that enables a grip by passengers with weak grip strength are installed in the bus to provide support for safer movement within the vehicle. - Internal coloring with brightness differences between the floor and wall surfaces and stanchion poles, between stanchion poles and exit buttons, etc., to provide support for passengers with poor vision - The newly-adopted outside sliding doors with no door pockets and high ceilings assure a passenger cabin space with a spacious sensation. - The bus satisfies certification requirements for non-step bus specifications of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. 2. Harmony with the global and route environment - Hino’s own unique clean diesel system DPR has been adopted, which incinerates captured particulate matter (PM) by means of the newly-developed JO5D (J5-IIF) inline 4-cylinder diesel engine and DPR Cleaner after-treatment device that boasts of a PM capture rate of 95%. It demonstrates environmental performance befitting a community bus that operates in residential districts made possible by compliance with the New Long-Term Emission Regulations (2005), the first in its class*. - Based on design concepts of amiability and harmony with the community, the external design is simple and rounded, while the use of round headlamps in the front of the vehicle and large windows on the sides endow it with a design with many curves that encourages passengers to come aboard. 3. Compact body demonstrating flexibility - It features a compact body with a full width of 2.1m and full length of less than 7m that ensures passenger capacity as a route bus while also demonstrating with high flexibility in narrow residential or commercial districts. - Though it as a long wheelbase, the front and rear overhang are small, demonstrating turning performance equivalent to ordinary minibuses. Perpendicular turning area: Long: 4.6m, Short: 4.3m Min. turning radius: Long: 7.7m, Short: 6.7m 4. Wide variation in possible selection depending on route roadway conditions and number of passengers - There are two body variations, the 35-passenger Long body (full length: 6,990mm, 1 each central and rear doors, passenger capacity: 31-36) and the Short body (full length: 6,290mm, 1 rear door, passenger capacity: 25-29). - Cold climate specifications are available with either the Long or Short body, allowing use as the “legs of the public” anywhere nationwide (optional). - There are two seat layouts available, the usual front-facing type and the side-facing (face-to-face) type more suitable for community buses. 5. Safety performance that would be expected of a route minibus - The left-side confirmation window on the left front assures wide-ranging visibility for the bus driver while operating on narrow roadways. - Outside sliding doors are equipped with a safety mechanism that temporarily stops door action if a passenger comes in contact while the door is opening and closing by means of a trap prevention sensor. - Rear combination lamps permit outstanding visibility of vehicles coming behind through the independent mounting of each lamp. [2. Typical Specifications]


Body size Hino Poncho Long Hino Poncho Short
Model ADG - HX6JLAE
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ADG - HX6JHAE
Seat layout Urban, multiple section Suburban, single section
Passenger capacity Passengers: 36
(seated 11 + standing 24 + driver’s seat 1)
Passengers: 25
(seated 14 + standing 10 + driver’s seat 1)
Vehicle dimensions Full length: 6,990mm
Full width: 2,080mm
Full height: 3,100mm
Full length: 6,290mm
Full width: 2,080mm
Full height: 3,100mm
Engine J05D < J5-IIF >
132kW (180PS)

Note: the above data applies to buses for use in Japan.

 

URL:http://www.hino.co.jp/poncho/index.html