If you’re old enough to remember a bright blue bus with heart-shaped graphics prowling the streets of Metro Manila, then hear this: Hino Motors Philippines (HMP) is bringing back the iconic Love Bus.
Hino is reigniting the Love Bus nostalgia with its modern version of the people carrier: the HS8J Low Floor City Bus. Designed for city operations, this bus features a ground clearance of 375mm, allowing for a lower center of gravity and enhancing ride stability while reducing sway and roll inside the cabin.
This new bus also features a side kneeling function, where the doors can be lowered to the standard gutter height to make getting in and out of the vehicle easier. It also features a full-flat floor, a folding ramp for boarding, as well as a dedicated space for wheelchairs inside.
The HS8J optimizes cabin space with a combination of front and side-facing seats. This configuration creates a spacious aisle for standing passengers (up to 26) while maintaining generous legroom for those seated (up to 36 people).
Cabin features include warm LED interior lighting, a built-in 32-inch TV, powerful air-conditioning by Denso with Sharp Plasmacluster Ion Generator that purifies cabin air, and antibacterial and antiviral interior panels.
The Hino Low Floor Bus is powered by a J08E common rail, direct injection Euro 4 engine mated to a ZF 6-speed automatic transmission. This complies with Euro 4 standards, and is capable of 276hp and 824Nm. The HS8J is also equipped with front and rear auto adjusting disc brakes with ABS to ensure safe braking during emergency situations and through various road conditions.