Sta­bil­ity con­trol for Hino 500 stan­dard cab

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AHEAD OF THE NOVEM­BER launch of its new 500 Se­ries Stan­dard Cab, Hino has con­firmed that Ve­hi­cle Sta­bil­ity Con­trol (VSC) will be fit­ted as stan­dard equip­ment to sup­port what it says is the most com­pre­hen­sive ac­tive safety pack­age ever of­fered by a Ja­panese man­u­fac­turer in the medium duty mar­ket.

Hino says it led the Ja­panese truck man­u­fac­tur­ers in fit­ting VSC as stan­dard to its en­tire 300 Se­ries range in 2011, and this was ex­tended to the launch of its 500 Se­ries Wide Cab in 2017 and the 300 Se­ries 4x4 in 2018.

With its con­fir­ma­tion in Septem­ber of VSC’s fit­ment to the in­com­ing 500 Se­ries Stan­dard Cab, Hino says it will now be of­fer­ing it as stan­dard safety equip­ment on ev­ery model from its 300 Se­ries car li­cence through to the 500 Se­ries 6x4 350 horse­power FM mod­els.

“Very dif­fer­ent trucks and very dif­fer­ent ap­pli­ca­tions, but the ef­fec­tive­ness and safety ben­e­fits of Ve­hi­cle Sta­bil­ity Con­trol made the de­ci­sion to fit VSC to the new 500 Se­ries Stan­dard Cab a very sim­ple de­ci­sion,” says Daniel Petro­vski, Hino Aus­tralia’s man­ager of prod­uct strat­egy.

Work­ing in con­junc­tion with the ABS and ASR sys­tems, the VSC helps pre­vent the truck po­ten­tially skid­ding out of con­trol by mon­i­tor­ing wheel ro­ta­tion speed, steer­ing an­gle, yaw rate, lat­eral G forces and brak­ing.

Thus, the VSC is able to en­hance ve­hi­cle sta­bil­ity on slip­pery sur­faces or in emer­gency sit­u­a­tions by au­tonomously re­duc­ing en­gine power and ap­ply­ing the brakes to in­di­vid­ual wheels, help­ing to pre­vent the truck from slid­ing in a di­rec­tion con­trary to where the driver is steer­ing.

Along with VSC, the all-new Hino 500 Se­ries Stan­dard Cab ac­tive safety pack­age will also in­clude other fea­tures seen on the 500 Se­ries Wide Cab, such as UN ECE R29-rated cab strength, a driver SRS airbag, ADR84/00 Front Un­der­run Pro­tec­tion (FUP) and Easy Start.

“And that’s just the start – these street smart new stan­dard cab mod­els will of­fer safety fea­tures never be­fore seen in Aus­tralia from a Ja­panese man­u­fac­turer,” Petro­vski says.

Full Aus­tralian spec­i­fi­ca­tions and pric­ing of the all-new 500 Se­ries Stan­dard Cabs FC, FD and FE mod­els will be avail­able in late Novem­ber 2018 at deal­er­ships na­tion­wide and on­line.

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