New high-hp Hinos to go on show in Melbourne


More powerful 300 Series small trucks to be revealed at the ITTES

New high-hp Hinos to go on show in Melbourne
Hino's 2011 Dakar Rally-conquering 500 Series truck will be one of the star attactions of the Hino stand at the ITTES

Hino's 2011 Dakar Rally-conquering 500 Series truck will be one of the star attactions of the Hino stand at the Melbourne International Truck, Trailer and Equipment Show in next month

Hino says it will reveal new "high horsepower" versions of its 300 series car-license trucks at the International Truck Trailer and Equipment Show in Melbourne next month.

Both the 921 Auto single cab TradeAce and the 921 Auto crew cab chassis models will be part of Hino’s seven-truck Show stand.

"The High Horsepower models bring even more performance and capability to the popular 300 Series range," says Hino Australia's Product Planning Manager, Daniel Petrovski.

"The availability of the Hino J05 engine will provide customers with the most powerful light duty truck in Australia, coupled with a revised chassis with improved carrying capacity and new wheelbases."

The high horsepower 300 Series is also available in six-speed manual transmission form as the 920, alongside the six-speed automatic 921's.

There will also be a 300 Series 716 Hybrid at the Show.

Hino launched the first diesel-electric hybrid truck in Australia in 2007, drawing on technology jointly developed within the Toyota Group of Companies to reduce fuel consumption and emissions.

The Hino hybrid system was refined in 2011 as part of a full 300 Series redesign.

Also at the Hino stand will be the 2011 Dakar Rally class-winning 500 Series truck, which is capable of up to 170km/h.

"The Dakar truck is a true performance standout," Petrovski says. "The additional race modifications that have been carried out helped it conquer some incredibly tough conditions in South America."

Hino will also have on show the road-going truck with the most in common with the Dakar race truck, the 500 Series GT 1322 4x4.

"The common platform and base specifications mean the GT 1322 has similar performance traits and the go-anywhere ability of the Dakar truck but with much more efficiency and comfort, with features like the ISRI 6800 drivers seat that is perfect for day-to-day driving," Petrovski says.

The 500 Series FD 1124 ProShift 6 Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) model will also be in Melbourne.

Hino says its ProShift 6 AMT was designed to combine the favourable fuel economy and durability of a manual transmission with the ease-of-operation of an automatic.

At the heavy duty end of the Hino spectrum will be a 700 Series SS 700 2848 ProShift 16 Air High Roof model.

"Much like the ProShift 6 in the FD 1124, the 700 series' ProShift 16 AMT reduces driver fatigue while providing the operator with reduced fuel consumption and maintenance costs," Petrovski says.

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