Hino Kenya has moved to strengthen its prescence in the passenger bus segment with the sale of 50 pre-owned buses to Kenya Bus Services (KBS). The additional buses now make KBS one of the leading passenger bus operators with a fleet of 283 buses.
Hino is a Japanese manufacturer of commercial vehicles and diesel engines. They have been manufacturing cars since 1942 and is a Toyota Group company subsidiary. They entered into the Kenyan market in 2013 and have been selling trucks through Toyota Kenya.
Speaking at the handover ceremony KBS MD, Edwins Mukabanah, had this to say, “This acquisition will help us improve our route network within the city and we are glad to be working with Hino Kenya, a division of Toyota Kenya which has placed great emphasis on specialized service centres.” He added that, “ I have confidence in the new units contributing to the company’s particulary due to their fuel efficiency.”
Gerald Muli, the Hino Division General Manager added that the Hino quality chassis, power train and suspension system are optimised for the Kenyan terrain. “Our customers have identified a few things that give them the peace of mind with a Hino bus. Key among these is the engine. It has been designed with the aim of delivering low emission as well as good fuel efficiency. In essence, this is money back to the pockets of the business owner since Hino has contributed to a reduction of the business operation costs.”