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HINO PUTS NEW SPARK INTO 2013 TOKYO MOTOR SHOW

Hino is set to light up the stage at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show with an electrifying display of new concepts for urban and industrial use, as well as competition-crushing racers.

The Tokyo Motor Show kicks of its 43rd year on November 20, highlighting the latest concepts in vehicles, fuels and technologies.

Hino Motors is pushing the envelope in environmentally friendly, community-focused transport solutions by displaying the latest in electric vehicle (EV) technology to tie-in with the theme of "Transporting Your Tomorrow Worldwide".

Building on the blueprint of its low-floor Poncho bus, Hino has scaled-down the Poncho Mini concept to better suit congested urban centres.

Its diminutive size belies the Poncho Mini's generous interior space, made possible by clever packaging and the exclusive use of EV technology.

Because Hino engineers designed the battery packs to fit evenly along the bus chassis, the Poncho Mini avoids the traditional loss of interior space to accommodate engine and drivetrain components.

This also allows for a low, no-step floor, enabling wheelchairs, mobility vehicles and strollers to easily board and disembark - a feature absent on current, diesel-powered buses.

The local and global environmental benefits of EV buses are obvious drawcards to EV bus implementation in urban centres.

The Hino Poncho Mini does not emit air, ground or noise pollution in its immediate environment, leading to cleaner air in central urban areas, while the efficiency of electric motors far outweighs that of internal combustion - 90 per cent for electric motors versus just 30 per cent for fossil-fuel power.

The greater energy efficiencies of EV technology means less demand on energy resources, including dependency on both fossil fuels and renewable resources.

Also gracing Hino's stand is a plug-in hybrid version of its popular Melpha bus and a S'elega tour bus fitted with advanced pre-crash safety systems to monitor driver awareness, alert drivers to dangerous situations such as unintended lane departure, and mitigate the damage of an imminent collision.

A number of demonstrations of the EV and plug-in hybrid technology found in the Poncho Mini and Melpha will take place at the Hino stand during the course of the show.

In contrast to the silent and efficient metropolitan buses, Hino's 500 Series GT racer brings to the show the toughness, raw speed and continent-conquering durability that took it to class honours in the 2011 Dakar Rally.

As the focal point of Hino's racing stand, the Team Sugawara truck is flanked by a gallery of trophies, photos and memorabilia from Hino's impressive off-road racing history. Show patrons will also have the opportunity to climb aboard the 500 Series racer.

Father and son drivers Yoshimasa and Teruhito Sugawara, along with the entire Hino Racing team, will host a talk show for Tokyo Motor Show attendees, touching on Hino's victorious Dakar campaign and the lead-up to Dakar 2014.

Representing the industrial side of Hino is a massive 700 Series mining truck with a 12.9-litre engine channelling 480 horsepower through a 16-speed automated manual transmission.

The 700 Series truck is almost 10 metres in length and has a gross vehicle mass of 50 tonnes - perfect for tackling hard rock mining.
The 2013 Tokyo Motor Show runs from November 20 to December 1, showcasing international manufacturers' latest technology in trucks, buses, cars, motorbikes and even bicycles.

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Hino's Poncho Mini concept will be on display at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.
A plug-in hybrid version of Hino's popular Melpha bus will be on display at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.
Hino's S'elega tour bus will be on display at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.
Hino's 700 Series mining truck will be on display at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.