October 5, 2006
Hino receives Good Design AwardHino Motors, Ltd. (“Hino”) has received a Good Design Award* for 2006 for the new-model small-sized non-step route bus Hino Poncho, which was released on the market in March of this year.
The award is seen as strong commendation for the vehicle’s simple, rounded friendly external design coupled with ease of ingress/egress and interior space incorporating universal design concepts including the new-model Hino Poncho’s distinctive low floor with easy ingress and egress and full flat space, the largest in its class, occupying more than 80% of the total passenger floor, as a community bus for the advanced aging and barrier-free society.
Hino is operating, while also exhibiting, the Hino Poncho as a shuttle bus at the 2nd International Conference for Universal Design in Kyoto 2006 to be held in Kyoto on October 22-26 (sponsor: International Association for Universal Design).
Hino will continue to create vehicles that are beneficial to people and society through unceasing efforts and state-of-the-art technology.
* A comprehensive design assessment and recommendation program established by the MITI (now known as the METI) in 1957. It is currently sponsored by the Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization and, besides beauty in form, it also screens products from the perspective of excellence of quality, ease of use and good balance as a product.
These models are only available in the Japanese market.
Hino Poncho website: http://www.hino.co.jp/poncho/index.html (Japanese language only)