Changes for the Hino 500-Se­ries

The Witness - Wheels - - TRANSPORT -

A NUM­BER of run­ning changes are tak­ing place in the Hino 500-Se­ries range be­tween Au­gust and the end of the year.

Two of the changes are reg­u­la­tory and in­volve the fit­ment of a speed lim­iter and anti-skid brakes (ABS) while there are re­lated prod­uct changes re­lat­ing to the en­gines.

The speed lim­iters will per­mit a max­i­mum speed of 80 km/h for all trucks with a GVM ex­ceed­ing nine tons and all Hino 500-Se­ries trucks will com­ply. The speed lim­iters will only be fit­ted in pro­duc­tion from Novem­ber, but the ABS is al­ready be­ing in­stalled on the assem­bly line in Prospec­ton.

Com­mon rail fuel in­jec­tion has to be in­stalled on the J08E en­gine to per­mit the fit­ment of the speed lim­iter, which means emis­sion com­pli­ance moves from Euro 2 to Euro 3, with im­proved power out­put. For ex­am­ple, the en­gine fit­ted to the 1017 model cur­rently puts out 121 kW and 496 Nm, but th­ese fig­ures in­crease to 129 kW and 500 Nm in the re­named 1018 model. The in­stal­la­tion in the 1324 tip­per and freight car­rier mod­els is rated cur­rently at 170 kW and 710 Nm and moves up to 184 kW and 739 Nm in the re­named 1326 mod­els.

Changes to the en­gine — Euro 2 to Euro 3 — and the fit­ment of a speed lim­iter to the 1322 four-wheel drive model will only take place in March 2017. ABS is not re­quired for this model.

At the same time a sin­gle wheel rear axle will be in­tro­duced, which im­proves off road han­dling ca­pa­bil­i­ties and makes for more ef­fi­cient op­er­a­tion in sandy con­di­tions. The sin­gle wheel fit­ment will also have a ben­e­fit in terms of im­proved fuel con­sump­tion.

Th­ese ben­e­fits are all part of Hino’s growth plans in SA. Vice pres­i­dent Ernie Traut­mann re­cently told the me­dia Hino is hav­ing a good year in terms of sales when one con­sid­ers the tough eco­nomic cli­mate and highly com­pet­i­tive mar­ket. “Hino’s over­all mar­ket share is cur­rently stand­ing at 13,5% of the to­tal truck and bus mar­ket com­pared to our tar­get for the year of 14,6% …” — WR.

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