Hino Motors Philippines (HMP), the exclusive distributor of Hino trucks and buses in the Philippines, displayed its line up of modern jeepney prototypes at the recent Public Transport Modernization Expo, organized by the Department of Transportation (DOTr).
Hino’s modern jeepney prototypes come in four variants – Hino 4 & 6 Wheelers for Class II & III and is available with or without air-conditioning. Designed like mini buses, the Euro 4-powered Hino jeepneys can seat 23 to 30 passengers. Starting with the Hino Class III model, it is an air-conditioned mini bus type which offers ample room for its front-facing passenger seats. Occupants are secured with seatbelts for additional safety.
The Hino Class II PUV is designed more closely to the conventional jeepney with side-facing passenger seats and covered open air windows. Its design also allows for standing passengers in order to maximize the vehicle's capacity.
“Our active participation in the government’s project is driven by our Hino’s Total Support mantra. We are committed to providing reliable and innovative transport system solutions for the welfare of all our stakeholders - including our natural resources such as the air we breathe. We believe that this is the first step toward an upgraded and greener transport system,” said HMP Chairman Vicente T. Mills, Jr.
“Our discussion with different jeepney operators and cooperatives has helped us improve our prototypes. As we address the need for a more reliable transport system, we will continue to leverage our ability to assemble and distribute quality trucks and buses designed to help Filipinos get where they need to go―safely, economically and with environmental responsibility―while focusing on sustainable development,” said HMP president Mr. Hiroshi Aoki shared.
Apart from the modern jeepney prototypes, Hino also designs and assembles customized truck and bus bodies in-house to meet specific requirements of customers and transport partners. Some examples include a mobile library, and a mobile hospital amongst others.