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World’s first 4×4 off-road bus wins prestigious design award

28 May 2020 #TNB News #Truck

The Torsus Praetorian has been awarded a prestigious Red Dot Award in the Product Design 2020 category for its outstanding design quality.

Torsus, in partnership with independent transportation and industrial design studio Werkemotion, designed the Praetorian – the world’s first heavy duty 4×4 off-road bus.

Designed to transport personnel and equipment safely across the world’s harshest environments, the Praetorian is a bus based on an upgraded heavy-duty MAN chassis and is powered by MAN engines and drivetrain.

It is engineered to take on any terrain, in any conditions, anywhere in the world. It utilises a gamut of heavy-duty features including Michelin off-road tyres as well as Line-X™ military grade coating on body parts.

For more than 60 years, the Red Dot Award has provided a platform for designers and companies to assess good design. Each of the 6,500 products entered into the competition, from 60 countries worldwide, were tested and judged by an expert jury in search of the very best in design and innovation.

Lasting several days, the jurors test all the entries to assess the aesthetic, the materials selected, level of craftsmanship, surface structure, ergonomics and functionality.

Vakhtang Dzhukashvili, founder and CEO of Torsus, said, “It’s a privilege and an honour for us to be awarded the globally respected and admired Red Dot award, for the outstanding design of our iconic Torus Praetorian. We are very proud to accept this award and it is testament to the skilled work of the Torsus team and our design partners at Werkemotion who, together, helped produce the world’s toughest and most capable off-road bus.”

Bystrík Míček, CEO and Design Manager of Werkemotion, said, “We would like to congratulate Torsus on receiving the esteemed Red Dot award for Product Design. We are very proud to worked alongside Torsus to design the world’s first off-road 4×4 bus and we are ecstatic they have been selected for what is, undoubtedly, one of the best product design awards in the world.”

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