Hino sets sights on future bus offerings

Hino looking to expand bus range in Australia

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We’ve probably all been on a bus running on a Hino chassis at one time or another, the Japanese brand made its name initially in Australia in the bus market.

Now, buoyed by the popularity of the Hino Poncho, Hino Australia could be about to expand their footprint in the local bus market.

Speaking to heavyvehicles.com.au, Hino’s General Manager of Brand and Franchise Development, Bill Gillespie, said an expended bus portfolio is very much on the radar.

“We sold over 100 buses ten years ago, and over the past few years we’ve had a lot more competition in that segment.

“We’re now having a fresh look at the bus sales opportunity for us in Australia.

“We’ve got some really good plans for product over the next three to five years and we’re about to start working on that.

“The Hino bus brand has been in Australia for 53 years, and the first Hino that came to Australia was a bus and it was operating out of Tasmania (as seen below).

“There’s a lot of bus customers that like the brand, they like the reliability and the simple quality.

“So, we think bus has a lot of opportunity for us.”

hino tasmania busCheck out our full chat with Bill Gillespie here and our Hino Poncho Bus Review here.

We will keep you updated as further info comes to hand.

Do you see an opportunity in the bus market for Hino in Australia? Would you like to see Hino bring new bus models to Australia? Bus chassis or ready to run buses?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Joel is the founder and CEO of Heavy Vehicles. With more than 20 years experience in the media, including more than 10 years heading up the car publication - Behind the Wheel, Joel is passionate about bringing a fresh perspective to the Australian road transport industry. Prior to his media career Joel worked for a number of years as a bus, truck and delivery driver.

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