Hino’s new heavy hitters
Four new models are pointing the way forward, writes GRAHAMSMITH
HINO has just completed the most comprehensive makeover of its model line-up in its history in Australia. The makeover began last year with the new 300 Series light duty range and gathered pace with the launch of the 500 Series this year. Now it has been completed by the release of the 300 Series hybrid, medium heavyduty 500 Series models and an updated 700 heavy-duty range.
It’s all part of a plan to grow sales to 6300 this year and on to 8000 by 2010.
‘‘Hino was the fastest-growing brand in the heavy-duty segment last year and the addition of the new models will add significantly to our presence in this very important market,’’ Hino Australia chief operating officer Steve Lotter says.
Hino’s range of medium-duty trucks now totals 52 with the addition of six new FM models at the upper end of the 500 Series range.
Ranging from 10,400kg to 26,000kg GVM, the 500 Series range now has two dump models, one mixer, four crew cabs (two of them 4x4s), two single cab 4x4s and seven automatic transmission variants across 15 narrow-cab and 37 wide-cab variants.
Three of the new FM variants are manuals and three automatics.
The new manual variants are the FM 2632 Medium — best suited to tipper, tipper and dog, and agitator applications— and the FM 2632 XX Long and XX Long Air, which are best suited to 14-pallet van or tautliner, tray or livestock work.
The autos are the FM 2630 Auto Medium — aimed at agitator and tipper applications — and the Auto Long and Auto Air Long, which are suited to waste collection, general metro distribution and livestock work.
Hino’s new 8.9-litre A series hightorque turbodiesel engine powers the new FM models. In the auto transmission models it’s rated at 221kW and 1079Nm and in the manual trans variants at 235kW and 1079Nm.
The manual variants have 11-speed Eaton manual gearboxes, and the autos use a six-speed Allison unit.
There’s a choice of six-rod or air suspension on manual and auto variants and a choice of 4240mm and 5250mm on the autos and choice of 4240mm and 6500mm on the manuals.
Though Hino has boosted its offering in the heavy end of the medium-duty range it has also stepped up its heavy-duty range with three new three-axle 700 SS models delivering more payload and performance.
The SS 2848 Air boasts 351kW and 2157Nm, the SS 2845 Air has 331kW and 2157Nm, and both are aimed at metropolitan or regional prime mover applications, but can work in tipper and dog applications.
The SS 2828 HR Air has 351kW and 2157Nm, and is best suited to interstate or regional prime movers, or local container work.
All have a GVM of 28,300kg and a GCM of 72,000kg, and are equipped with 18-speed Eaton gearboxes, Hendrickson airbag rear suspension, and a new single skin chassis that is lighter, more rust resistant and has a clean upper surface without rivets.
the updated Hino 700 heavy-duty model delivers more payload and performance.