Hino Motors, LTD, or as it is known in the trucking world, Hino, manufactures diesel trucks and buses. The Japan based company has been the country’s leading provider of medium and heavy-duty diesel trucks for the past 32 years. This company is a subsidiary of the Toyota Motor Corporation. It is not surprising to see this brand in the Dakar Rally. Since 1991, Hino has provided vehicles for the event and has always finished in the top 10 for the Camion Category.
Hino has a very colorful history with its roots going back to the very founding of the Tokyo Gas Industry Company in 1910. The very first vehicle produced by the company was in 1913. In 1937 the Tokyo Gas Company and Tokyo Electric Power merged together to form the automobile division of Tokyo Automobile Industry. In 1941 the company’s name was officially changed to the Diesel Motor Industry Company and eventually became known as Isuzu Motors. The very next year in 1942 Hino was born.
The trucks are modeled into two different categories. The light duty trucks include the models 145, 165 and 185. Medium duty trucks include the 238, 258, 268 and 338 models. These models have a GVW range from 23,000 to 33,000 pounds. MDT trucks also feature an 8L J08 engine which is becoming very popular. Engine compartments are very roomy and all gauges can be accessed very easily from the driver’s seat. These features, not to mention the three person cab, are helping to make Hino one of the most popularly chosen truck brands in the world for light to medium duty loads.
Add to this the fact that Hino Trucks 2008 lineup features a proven DPR (diesel particulate reduction) system that meets all United States Environmental Protection Agency diesel emission regulations and it is not at all surprising that these trucks are highly appreciated throughout not only the United States, but globally as well. Using the same technology that was implemented to meet the 2005 emissions regulations in Japan, this new lineup is only adding to the billions of revenue producing miles on this system. Trucks with this emission system can be found in all Class 4 through 7 models. If you are searching for a truck from this manufacturer, new and used Hino trucks are easily found with a simple online search or by contacting a dealer in your area.