Hino Australia chose the 2019 BusVic Bus Expo and Maintenance Conference to showcase its small-sized Poncho bus, which is part of a unique and quickly emerging on-demand bus service currently operating in Sydney.

The smaller capacity of the Hino Poncho helps drivers respond to commuter travel requirements in real time.

“With an ultra-low floor design and kerb kneeling function, a wheelchair ramp and a dedicated wheelchair space inside, the Hino Poncho is proving a popular choice for community groups and bus operators alike,” said Hino Product Strategy Manager Daniel Petrovski.

“Wheelchair boarding can take less than a minute – compare this to a traditional small bus in which wheelchair access can take up to 20 minutes and you can see why the Hino Poncho is proving to be a superior solution to what is already available,” he continued.

The Hino Poncho measures under 7 metres in length and features a tight turning radius, making it a highly manoeuvrable and innovative community transport solution for aged care providers, schools and universities.

Key safety features include three emergency exit points, air-over-hydraulic brakes with ABS, a comprehensive field of vision which includes an infrared night-vision enabled reverse camera as standard.

For added safety, the large 850mm sliding door features sensitive touch technology and sensors near the entrance which stop the door from closing if there is an obstruction.

Another safety feature is that the door is prevented from opening until the bus is in neutral, and has come to a complete stop – drive and reverse can only be selected again once the door is fully closed.

Rear-mounted for easy servicing access, the J05E-TS 4-cylinder common-rail turbo-diesel engine produces 180Hp (132kW) of power and 530Nm of torque and meets Australian emission standards with a DPR emissions control system.

In addition to power steering, telescopic and tilt-adjustable steering column and three-way adjustable seat, the driver benefits from a true two-pedal solution courtesy of a five-speed Aisin A500 automatic transmission with torque converter.

On-road comfort is a priority and is ensured via an air bag suspension with shock absorber and stabilisers.

In other news from Hino Australia, a change in ownership and premises is delivering results for Hino in Mackay, following the appointment of Milne Bros as the dealer for the central Queensland region.

Sterling Milne, Dealer Principal of Milne Bros Hino, and grandson of company co-founder Stan, said:

“Our company has a long and proud history in Central Queensland, dating back to my grandfather and his twin brother establishing Milne Bros over 50 years ago. 

The dealership is situated on the Bruce Highway as you enter Mackay from the south which gives us great exposure.

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