Changes for the Hino 500-Series
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.