The awards were presented by Japan’s Institute of Design Promotion, who specifically recognised the exceptional design of Hitachi’s trains in the following areas:
- N700S Shinkansen bullet train run by the Central Japan Railway Company;
- Series 18000 subway train run by on Tokyo Metro’s Hanzomon Line;
- EMU3000 Intercity train run by the Taiwan Railway Administration.
The Award has been running for more than 50 years, and is one of the most distinguished design awards in Japan and to receive one is regarded a huge achievement. Focusing on recognising incredible designs that simultaneously enrich lives whilst supporting economic development.
Hitachi Rail were recognised for their continuing work and commitment on delivering quiet, comfortable, environmentally friendly trains that appeal to passengers due to their stunning internal and exterior design.
Hitachi’s electric-powered EMU3000 intercity train, which is based in Taiwan, has also been chosen for the Good Design ‘Best 100’ category.
Koji Agatsuma, Group COO (Rolling Stock), Hitachi Rail said:
“Hitachi Rail is delighted to receive this prestigious award for three different fleets. It is further recognition of the leading role we are playing in the delivery of modern, safe and environmentally friendly trains, not only in Japan but across the world.
“We design our services to be passenger-centric and to deliver comfortable, fast and reliable transport. We continue to strive to deliver innovative solutions which prioritise a first-class passenger experience and encourage modal shift from cars and planes to trains.”