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N700S Shinkansen bullet train operated by the Central Japan Railway Company has won a Good Design Award
N700S Shinkansen bullet train operated by the Central Japan Railway Company has won a Good Design Award

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Three Hitachi Rail trains win Japan’s prestigious Good Design Award

  • Award recognises quality of design used on three different Hitachi fleets: JR Central’s N700S Shinkansen bullet trains, the Tokyo Metro and Taiwan’s Intercity services
  • Good Design Award is Japan’s leading design award, focused on recognising excellent designs that facilitate industrial development and enriching lives
  • Award-winning trains praised as fast, comfortable, and environmentally friendly as well as featuring excellent exterior and interior design

Hitachi Rail has been awarded three Good Design Awards 2021 by Japan’s Institute of Design Promotion for the innovative design and delivery of modern trains across three different rail services.

Specifically, the award has recognised the quality of design of Hitachi Rail’s trains:

  1. N700S Shinkansen bullet train run by the Central Japan Railway Company;
  2. Series 18000 subway train run by on Tokyo Metro’s Hanzomon Line;
  3. EMU3000 Intercity train run by the Taiwan Railways Administration, MOTC.

The Award, is Japan’s most prized design award and is considered a great accolade in a country for that takes design very seriously, has been running for over 50 years. It focuses on recognising excellent designs that simultaneously enrich lives and contribute to economic development.

As part of these awards, the Institute of Design Promotion recognises Hitachi Rail’s continued commitment to delivering trains that are quiet, comfortable, environmentally friendly and appeal to passengers, as a result of their excellent internal and exterior design.

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.”

The electric-powered EMU3000 intercity train that runs in Taiwan has also been selected for the Good Design ‘Best 100’ category.

ENDS

For images of the trains please find them available for download here:

  1. N700S Shinkansen bullet train run by the Central Japan Railway Company;
  2. Series 18000 subway train run by on Tokyo Metro’s Hanzomon Line;
  3. EMU3000 Intercity train run by the Taiwan Railways Administration, MOTC.

For more information, please contact:

Adam Love, Group Head of External Affairs on +44 7860 273 317
or at Adam.Love@hitachirail.com

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About Hitachi Rail: Hitachi Rail is a fully integrated, global provider of rail solutions across rolling stock, signalling, service & maintenance, digital technology and turnkey solutions. With a presence in 38 countries across six continents and over 12,000 employees, our mission is to contribute to society through the continuous development of superior rail transport solutions. We are proud of our global achievements, from our world ­famous ‘bullet trains’, to our signalling solutions and turnkey projects, state­-of-the-art traffic management and digital solutions. Drawing on the wider Hitachi Group’s market-leading technology and research-and-development capabilities, we strive for industry leading innovations and solutions that can deliver value for customers and sustainable railway systems that benefit wider society. For information about Hitachi Rail, visit www.hitachirail.com

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