Hino Blue Ribbon

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Hino Blue Ribbon
Hinomaru Bus 1231.jpg
Manufacturer J-Bus[1]
Production 1982-present
Body and chassis
Class Complete bus
Bus chassis
Body style Single-decker bus
Single-decker coach
Doors 1 or 2
Floor type Low entry
Low floor
Step entrance
Related Isuzu Erga
Transmission Hino (manual)/ZF (automatic)
Length 9.4m, 10.1m, 10.8m
Width 2.55m
Height 3.0m
Predecessor Hino RE/RC
Hino RS Skeleton(Tourist coach)
Successor Hino S'elega (Tourist coach)

The Hino Blue Ribbon (kana:日野・ブルーリボン) is a heavy-duty single-decker bus marketed by Hino from 1982 onwards. The range is primarily available as city bus and tourist coach. It is built by J-Bus as either a complete bus or a bus chassis.[2] The vehicle as only available with right hand drive.

RE/RC (1960-1984)[edit]

  • RB10-P (1960)
  • RB10 (1961)
  • RC10-P (1961)
  • RC100-P (1962)
  • RE100 (1967)
  • RC300/320 (1967)
  • RE101/121/141/161 (1977)
  • RC301/321/381 (1977)
  • RC701P/721P (1979)
  • K-RE101/121/141/161 (1980)
  • K-RC301/321/381 (1980)

Blue Ribbon (1982-2000)[edit]

One-step and two-step

The Blue Ribbon was introduced in 1982, The RT/RU22 engine is EM100 6-cylinedr, 9.4 litre (225ps) diesel engine. The HT/HU22 engine is ER200 6-cylinder, 11.6 litre (225ps) diesel engine. The HT/HT23, HT/HU2M engine is M10U 6-cylinder, 9.9 litre (230ps) diesel engine.

  • K-RT/RU22(1982)
  • P-HT/HU22(1984)
  • P-HT/HU23(1985)
  • U-HT/HU2M(1990)
  • KC-HT/HU2M(1995)


The Blue Ribbon non-step (low-entry) city bus is introduced in 1997 Tokyo Motor Show. The HU2P engine is P11C 6-cylinder, 10.5 litre (250ps) diesel engine with turbocharger. The HU2P transmission is ZF Ecomat automatic transmission standard.

  • HU2P (1997)
  • KC-HU2P (1998)

Blue Ribbon (Tourist coach, 1982-1990)[edit]

  • K-RU60/63(1982)
  • P-RU60/63(1985)

Blue Ribbon HIMR[edit]

HIMR is hybrid vehicle. Induction motor and batteries equipped in car. When vehicle start, motor assist engine, and braking, motor operating as electric retarder, and accumlate energy to battery.

  • U-HU2MLAkai(1991)
  • U-HU2MLAH(1994)
  • KC-RU1JLCH(1995)

Blue Ribbon City (2000-2005)[edit]

  • KL-HU2P(2000)
    • Engine: P11C (turbocharged: 250PS or 300PS)
    • Transmission: 5-speed manual or ZF Ecomat (non-step: standard)

FCHV-BUS: the 1st of fuel cell bus in Japan, based KL-HU2PM.

Blue Ribbon City HIMR (2001-2005)/Hybrid (2005-present)[edit]

The Blue Ribbon City Hybrid is the only hybrid electric city bus in production with Hino Motors. Most of them are primarily made in full length chassis whereas some of them are made in medium-length chassis.

  • HM-HU1JLEP/MEP(2001)
    • Engine: J08C (turbocharged: 177 kW/240PS) with motor-assisted
  • ACG-HU8JLFP/MFP(2005)
  • BJG-HU8JLFP/MFP(2007)
    • Engine: J08E-1M (turbocharged: 177 kW/240PS) with motor-assisted
  • LJG-HU8JLGP/MGP(2010)
    • Engine: J08E-1M (turbocharged: 206 kW/280PS) with motor-assisted
    • HU1J is one-step model, battery changed to Ni-MH. And HU8J is non-step model, equipped 4 Ni-MH batteries from Toyota Prius on the roof.

Blue Ribbon II (2004-present)[edit]

The Hino Blue Ribbon II is a rebadged Isuzu Erga. It has a rounded roof dome similar to the Rainbow II with a double-curvature windscreen and a separately mounted destination blind.

  • KL-KV280L1/N1 (2004)
  • PJ-KV234L1/N1/Q1 (2004)
  • PDG/PKG-KV234L2/N2/Q2 (2007)
  • LKG/LDG-KV234L3/N3/Q3 (2010)
  • QPG/QKG/QDG-KV234L3/N3/Q3 (2012)

Shinjin RC420TP[edit]

Shinjin RC420TP
Manufacturer Shinjin Motors
Production February 1971 - June 1972
Assembly Busanjin, Busan, South Korea[3]
Body and chassis
Class Express Bus
Related Hino Blue Ribbon RC Series
Engine Hino DK20-T Turbo-Diesel
Wheelbase 5.67 m
Length 11.1 m
Width 2.49 m
Successor GMK BU110[4]

Shinjin RC420TP is a rear engine high speed bus licence build from Hino Blue Ribbon RC Series bus.

External images
Shinjin RC420TP - driver side : [1]
Shinjin RC420TP - passenger side : [2]
Larger picture of Shinjin RC020 : [3]

Shinjin RC420TP, the express bus class was introduced on February 1971. The body was used from Hino RC300P series, but used the longer Hino RC320P chassis. This series were equip with the Hino's DK20-T turbo-diesel engine. The last one was produced on June 1972. Only 67 units were made before GM Korea took over. Other version, the RC420 sub series were also made with leaf spring suspension system.

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