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2013 HINO Australian Bus and Coach Show Press Kit

  1. HINO SET TO MAKE HUGE SPLASH AT AUSTRALIAN BUS AND COACH SHOW
  2. HINO PONCHO - DOING MORE WITH LESS
  3. HINO MELPHA AND FD240 - THE PERFECT MIX OF FORM AND FUNCTION
  4. SPECIFICATIONS

HINO SET TO MAKE HUGE SPLASH AT AUSTRALIAN BUS AND COACH SHOW


Editor of Coach and Bus magazine Fabian Cotter labels Poncho "one of the coolest-looking, mega-practical and size conscious buses from Hino" during an exclusive early peek

Hino's eye-grabbing Poncho is set to prove that size really does matter when the diminutive mini-bus makes its public debut at the upcoming Australian Bus and Coach Show.

Measuring less than seven metres from end to end and little more than two metres across, the Poncho's exterior dimensions and 6.4-metre turning circle make it well-suited to manoeuvring through congested cities.

Despite its compact exterior dimensions, clever use of internal space means it can carry up to 18 seated passengers and a further 10 comfortably in the aisle.

"Its long wheelbase and short overhangs are an ideal basis for a low-floor, nimble bus that doesn't sacrifice stability or passenger comfort in the name of manoeuvrability," said Hino Australia National Sales Manager, Kevin Fielding.

"We see this as a community transport option that is ideal for retirement communities and as a rural-route bus, as well as ex-services and sporting clubs."

The Poncho on display at the Australian Bus and Coach show is powered by Hino's Euro 5-compliant JO5D four-cylinder engine, capable of 177 horsepower and 530Nm.

The Poncho's turbo-intercooled, common-rail injected 4.7-litre engine channels its power to the rear axle via Aisin's proven five-speed automatic transmission, which - along with the front axle - can be raised or lowered by 50 millimetres for easy access.

The Poncho, along with its big sister Melpha, is in the country so Hino Australia can evaluate its suitability for the local market.

With hybrid and full-electric models already operating in Japan, there's scope for a wide Poncho range.

The Melpha's 6.4-litre J07 turbo-diesel engine pumps out more than 226 horsepower and 657Nm of torque, comfortably propelling the Hino-bodied, 35-passenger bus via an Allison five-speed automatic transmission.

At nearly nine metres long and 2.4 metres wide, the Melpha dwarfs the Poncho, but the big Hino's turning circle is still a respectable 7.4 metres thanks to a 4.5-metre wheelbase.

Rounding out the Hino stand at the Australian Bus and Coach Show will be a brand-new FD240 bus chassis, fitted with a P & D Coachworks 45-seat body.

The P & D body comprises lightweight fibreglass and aluminium panels over a tough galvanised steel frame. Together with the proven toughness of the FD240 chassis, the bus is well-equipped to deliver years of service.

The Hino FD240 is the first of 19 buses to be delivered to Mee's Bus Line in Melbourne by late 2014.

The Australian Bus and Coach Show runs from 25 to 26 September at Sydney Olympic Park.

For more information, visit www.busshow.com.au.

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HINO PONCHO - DOING MORE WITH LESS


Hino's Poncho is a small bus making a big impact.

Since its introduction to the Japanese domestic market in 2002, the Poncho has maintained the mantra of doing more with less, ensuring efficient engineering, interior and exterior space.

Underneath the unique bodywork is where it all begins. The tried and proven Hino JO5D powers the standard Poncho, delivering 132kW and 530Nm through a five-speed Aisin transmission, but the pursuit of efficiency doesn't end with the Euro 5-compliant turbo-diesel. Hino has also engineered the Poncho to allow for seamless integration of hybrid diesel-electric and full-electric powertrains.

The JO5D four-cylinder powerplant exceeds Euro 5 emissions standards without the need for AdBlue-based Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) systems. Thanks to factory-fitted features such as high-pressure direct diesel injection, efficient intercooled turbocharging, exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) and diesel particulate reduction (DPR) systems, the Poncho is able to exceed the requirements of the internationally recognised standard.

Hino's designers conceived the Poncho as the perfect urban transport solution. Although the Poncho's 6.4m turning circle puts small cars to shame, it's able to comfortably carry 18 seated passengers while a further 10 can stand in the aisle. The Poncho's standard fitment includes dedicated space and accessibility options for handicapped passengers. This obviates the need for post-purchase modification, which is usually an imperfect solution and detrimental to interior space.

Simple accessibility is at the forefront of the Poncho's design. Ingress to the ultra-low cabin floor comes via two 850mm-wide doors, and is aided by the Poncho's ability to raise and lower both axles by 50mm. Once on board, a powerful Denso air-conditioning system and large front, side and rear windows keep the cabin comfortable and bright.

The Japan Institute of Design Promotion (JDP) recognised the Poncho's merits after comprehensive testing, presenting Hino with JDP's 2006 Good Design Award. The Poncho, along with the Melpha, its bigger sibling, is in the country for Hino Motor Sales Australia to assess its suitability for the local market.

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HINO MELPHA AND FD240 - THE PERFECT MIX OF FORM AND FUNCTION


While the focus of Hino's Australian Bus and Coach Show stand may be the bright orange-coloured Poncho mini-bus, its much larger siblings on the podium exemplify a perfect mix of form and function.

Joining its more diminutive kin is Hino's Melpha; both the Poncho and Melpha are in Australia for evaluation of their suitability to the Australian market.

The Melpha will be a much more familiar sight on Australian roads, but still carries Hino's famed technological innovation throughout its chassis, drivetrain and body.

Like the Poncho, the Melpha's 6.4-litre JO7E engine is Euro 5-compliant without the need for AdBlue-based selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems. Thanks to a combination of 29,000PSI common-rail fuel injection, variable-nozzle turbocharging, diesel particulate reduction (DPR) filtration system and exhaust gas recirculation (EGR), the Melpha's five-cylinder engine easily produces more than 168kW and 657Nm while still exceeding the emissions targets set by the internationally recognised standard.

The reinforced chassis and body are treated via electrophoretic coating for complete rust protection. The rustproof coating is bonded to the frame and chassis at an ionic level, ensuring complete coverage and longevity. The chassis connects to the road surface via airbag suspension on all four corners, backed up by front and rear stabiliser bars. The turning circle of the almost nine-metre long bus is an outstanding 7.4 metres, thanks in part to a 4.49-metre wheelbase.

The focus on absolute customer assurance continues inside, with all 35 passengers and driver protected by three-point lap/sash seatbelts fitted as standard to the reclining seats. Cleverly managed interior space means the flip-out tour guide seat, fridge and clarion entertainment system don't impinge on passenger comfort.

The FD240 chassis is already racking up countless miles of Australian blacktop thanks to the masterful work of Australian coachbuilders such as P&D Coachworks.

The first of 19 brand-new FD240-based coaches delivered to Melbourne-based Mee's Bus Line boasts 45-seat capacity, a six-speed transmission, anti-lock braking system with anti-slip regulator, and cruise control.

The FD240 is easily propelled by Hino's trusted JO7E five-cylinder diesel, as found in the Melpha, thanks to the engine's high, flat torque curve from idle to redline, and P&D Coachworks' extensive use of lightweight fibreglass and aluminium panels.

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SPECIFICATIONS



Melpha RR7JJCA
Seat Capacity 35 + Driver
Engine 6.4L Turbo intercooled common rail fuel system
Transmission Allison 5 speed
Automatic Transmission
Power (kW) 169kW
Torque (Nm) 657Nm
Front/Rear Suspension 2 Airbags with
Stabilizer Bar
Dimensions
Wheelbase 4,490mm
Width 2,340mm
Height 3,140mm
Ground Clearance 210mm
Weights
GVM 9,955kg
Tare 7,520kg

 



Poncho
Seat Capacity 18 + Driver
10 Standees
Engine 4.7L Turbo intercooled common rail fuel system
Transmission Asin 5 speed Automatic Transmission
Power (kW) 132kW
Torque (Nm) 530Nm
Front/Rear Suspension

2 Airbags with Stabilizer Bar
Both axles can raise/lower 50mm

Step Height Driving
310mm
Step Height Lowered 260mm
Dimensions
Wheelbase 4,960mm
Width 2,080mm
Height 3,100mm
Weights
GVM 7,585kg
Tare 5,770kg

 



FD240
Seat Capacity 35-43 + Driver
Engine Diesel, turbocharded and intercooled, six cyclinder in-line, overhead camshaft & water cooled
Transmission 6 speed synchromesh
Power (kW) 176kW
Torque (Nm) 716Nm
Front Suspension

Semi-elliptic tapered leaf springs with shock absorbers

Rear Suspension

Hendrickson HAS airbag suspension with shock absorbers

Dimensions
Wheelbase 5,500mm
Width 2,175mm
Height 2,465mm
Weights
GVM 10,300kg
Key Features
ABC Brakes
Cruise Control
Easy Start - Take off assist

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