Hino opts to play it safe
HINO is looking to set an Australian safety benchmark with its next generation 300 Series light duty truck.
The local arm of the Toyota sub-brand is planning to introduce electronic stability control (ESC) for the new 300 Series truck when it arrives here in August.
Hino has just released images of the new generation model in the US and while the look is fresh, it is the prospect of new safety gear that could make more of an impact.
The new 300 Series will be made available from the factory with ESC, a safety feature that can brake individual wheels in order to try to keep the vehicle from sliding out of control.
Until now, the electronic safety feature has been limited to larger premium trucks, but Hino is keen to change that.
Hino Australia’s product chief Alex Stewart says the company is pushing hard to have its 300 Series trucks fitted with ESC.
‘‘In the same way that we led the market with ABS brakes on our light duty truck we’d like to lead the market on things like ESC with light duty trucks,’’ Stewart says.
‘‘With the case of electronic stability control for light duty trucks is not a matter of if, it’s just a matter of when.’’
Some light duty trucks are not even fitted with anti-skid brakes, but Stewart says safety technology is important and Hino has previously pushed to introduce it.
‘‘If we added stability control to our light duty truck range it would undoubtedly be market leader in terms of safety, definitely,’’ he says.
Hino has just introduced a 700 Series heavy duty truck that runs ESC in Australia. The system is only currently available on one SH mode.
All SH trucks have an electronic brake control system and discs on all wheels. The SH 2045 comes with ESC, which Hino calls Vehicle Dynamic Control, as standard as well as traction control.
This truck also comes standard with four-bag airbag suspension, which Hino says helps improve safety by reducing fatigue.
Hino’s 300 Series light duty truck, with its electronic stability control, will be one the safest on the market