De­mand for au­to­matic Hino trans­mis­sion on the in­crease

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Truck­ing spe­cial­ist Hino SA re­ports a pos­i­tive in­crease in de­mand for its fully au­to­matic trans­mis­sions that are avail­able as an op­tion on its truck line-up.

Launched first in 2015 for the 300 range, the brand has to date made the self-shift­ing trans­mis­sion avail­able on most mod­els in the new Hino 500 Wide Cab range of trucks of 16 tons and above. The firm says more than 60% of 300 mod­els sold this year are fit­ted with au­to­mat­ics and dealer or­ders for the 500 Wide Cab mod­els are show­ing 80% of new or­ders are spec­i­fied with the au­to­matic op­tion.

“We are de­lighted with the up­take on our mod­els with au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, with cus­tomers en­joy­ing ben­e­fits in terms of lower fuel con­sump­tion, no clutch re­place­ment and sub­se­quent down­time, as well as hav­ing a driver that is less stressed, which re­sults in less ve­hi­cle dam­age and fewer ac­ci­dents,” says Ernie Traut­mann, vice-pres­i­dent of Hino SA.

De­spite a fairly static truck and bus mar­ket in the past nine months, Hino SA’s mar­ket share is up in all cat­e­gories of the lo­cal truck mar­ket. Hino’s share of the HCV seg­ment was 29.2% and 21.1% year to date, while the to­tal mar­ket at the end of Septem­ber 2018 was 15.9% and 12.7% year to date. The firm ex­pects its lo­cal sales to grow 22.3% in the re­main­der of 2018, from 3,681 units (in­clud­ing Toy­ota Dyna) in 2017 to 4,500 units.

The Toy­ota Dyna, which is now mar­keted as an LCV and as such no longer re­quires a Code 10 li­cence, is said to be the driver of the in­crease in sales. Dyna sales jumped 36% from 2016 (499 units) to 2017 (681 units) and in the first nine months of 2018 Dyna sales are re­ported at 834 units, al­ready far ex­ceed­ing the 2017 to­tal. Dyna now ac­counts for about 18% of cabover sales in the LCV seg­ment.

The Dyna is ad­e­quately de­signed for small busi­nesses thanks to its low­ered driv­ing li­cence grad­ing and larger load space which can be var­ied as a typ­i­cal van or a drop­side con­fig­u­ra­tion. This am­pli­fies its ap­peal as a sen­si­ble re­place­ment for a one-ton pick-up where bet­ter pro­duc­tiv­ity and de­liv­er­ables score big in this seg­ment.

Toy­ota deal­ers are able to pro­vide ad­di­tional cus­tom bod­ies to suit cus­tomer needs, though drop­sides still make up about 80% of Dyna sales.

The Hino 500 se­ries is avail­able in both man­ual and au­to­matic guises. Below: Less down-time from clutchre­lated nig­gles also drives the shift to­wards au­to­mat­ics.

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