Heavy duty off-road bus wins prestigious design award

The world’s first heavy duty 4×4 off road bus, Praetorian is designed to transport personnel and equipment across rough ground and in tough conditions. (Credit: Torsus)

The world’s first heavy duty 4×4 off road bus, the Torsus Praetorian, has been awarded the Red Dot Award in the Product Design 2020 category.

Designed to transport personnel and equipment safely across rough ground and in tough conditions, the bus is based on an upgraded heavy-duty MAN chassis and is powered by MAN engines and drivetrain.

Torsus Praetorian at the Hillhead Mining and Construction Expo in Buxton, UK. (Credit: Torsus)
Torsus Praetorian at the Hillhead Mining and Construction Expo in Buxton, UK. (Credit: Torsus)

From the Michelin off-road tires, to the Line-X military-grade coating on body parts, Praetorian is engineered to take on any terrain, in any conditions, anywhere in the world.

For over 60 years, the Red Dot Award has provided a platform for designers and companies to assess good design. Each of the 6500 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, the level of craftsmanship, the surface structure, ergonomics and functionality.

Torsus Praetorian (Credit: Torsus)

“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,” Vakhtang Dzhukashvili, founder and CEO of Torsus said.

In addition to the award, on 22 June 2020, the Praetorian will be added to the exhibition “Design on Stage” in the Red Dot Design Museum Essen in Germany, where all of the award-winning products will be on show.

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