Hino’s new heavy hit­ters

Four new mod­els are point­ing the way for­ward, writes GRAHAMSMITH

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Motorsport -

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.

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