Hino Rainbow

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Hino Rainbow
Niseko bus 462.jpg
Manufacturer J-Bus [1]
Also called Isuzu Erga Mio
Production 1980-present
Body and chassis
Class Complete bus
Bus chassis
Body style Single-decker bus
Single-decker coach
Doors 1 door or 2 doors
Floor type Step-entrance
Low floor
Low entry
Related Isuzu Erga-J
Isuzu Erga Mio
Isuzu Gala Mio
Transmission 5-speed manual
6-speed manual
3-speed automatic (7M/7W/RB/AB)
5-speed automatic (RJ/RR/HR/II)
Length 7.0 to 10.5 metres
Width 2.0 to 2.5 metres
Height 3.0 metres
Predecessor Hino RL
Successor Hino Liesse
Hino Melpha (Tourist coach)

The Hino Rainbow (kana:日野・レインボー) is a medium-duty single-decker bus marketed by the Japanese manufacturer Hino since 1980. The range can be built as either a complete bus or a bus chassis. It was also available for the city bus for the midibus and the tourist coach for the minibus. Asia Motors (now Kia Motors) released as a badge engineered version called the Cosmos. It is built by J-Bus.[2]

RL (1970-1980)[edit]

  • RL100 (1970)
  • RL300/320 (1975)
  • K-RL301/321 (1980)

Rainbow RJ/RR (1980-2004)[edit]

  • First generation (1980-1988)
    • K-RJ/RR170/172/192 (1980)
    • P-RJ/RR170/172/192 (1984)
  • Second generation(1988-2004)
    • P-RJ/RR170/172/192 (1988)
    • U-RR2HGAA (1990)[3]
    • U-RJ/RR3H (1990)
    • KC-RJ/RR1J (1995)
    • KK-RJ/RR1J (1999)

Rainbow AM (1976-1983)[edit]

  • AM100 (1976)
  • K-AM101 (1980)

Rainbow AC (1983-1988)[edit]

  • P-AC140 (1983)

Rainbow RB/AB (1985-1995)[edit]

The Rainbow RB (rear engine)/AB (front engine) was a minibus that was built as the tourist coach.

  • P-RB145/AB115 (1985)
  • U-RB1W/AB2W (1990)

Rainbow 7M(CH)/7W(RH) (1987-1998)[edit]

  • P-CH/RH160 (1987)
  • U-CH/RH3 (1990)
  • KC-CH/RH1 (1995)

Rainbow HR (1999-2010)[edit]

The Rainbow HR was a rebadged Isuzu Erga-J and a non-step (low-entry) city bus. The HR1J engine is J08C 220ps 6-cylinder 8-litre diesel engine. The HR7J engines J07E 225ps 5-cylinder 7-litre diesel engine with a turbocharger and intercooler.

  • KK-HR1J (1999) - 7m/9m
  • KL-HR1J (2000) - 10.5m
  • PB-HR7J (2004) - 9m
  • PK-HR7J (2004) - 10.5m
  • BDG-HR7J (2007) - 10.5m

Rainbow II (2004-2016)[edit]

The Rainbow II is a rebadged Isuzu Erga Mio. It is most common available in non-step (low-floor) city buses and they have a rounded roof dome (more rounded than the Rainbow HR) with a double-curvature windscreen and a separately mounted destination blind.

  • PA-KR234J1 (2004)
  • PDG-KR234J2 (2007)
  • SDG-KR290J1 (2011)
  • SKG-KR290J1 (2012)

Rainbow (2016-present)[edit]

The Rainbow is a rebadged Isuzu Erga Mio. It is completely similar to the Rainbow II, with a rounded roof dome (similar to the Rainbow II), a double-curvature windscreen with a separately mounted destination blind.

  • SKG-KR290J2 (2016)


  1. ^ J-Bus website, viewed 2014-08-19
  2. ^ J-Bus website, viewed 2014-08-19
  3. ^ Autorec

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