Hino to make big splash at show
HIGH TECH: Hino's industry-first multimedia system - complete with DAB+ digital radio and optional truck specific satellite navigation, and now fitted as standard equipment to all Hino models - will also feature at the show.
HINO Australia will use this year's International Truck, Trailer & Equipment Show in Melbourne to showcase 500 Series models equipped with its all-new automated manual transmission (AMT), dubbed ProShift.
Initially fitted to the FC 1022 and FD1124 11,000kg GVM models, the Hino- designed ProShift transmission is one of a number of key improvements Hino is making across its expanding model range this year.
Hino Australia's divisional manager Product Strategy, Marketing and Dealer Development, Alex Stewart, said the introduction of an AMT further strengthened Hino's diverse range of transmissions across the 500 Series range.
"An increasing number of operators are choosing AMTs over conventional transmissions thanks to their all-round versatility and drivability," he said.
"Hino believes in offering true choice to customers, which is why we've decided to introduce ProShift transmissions in two of our most popular 500 Series models, alongside the existing 500 Series range of manual and automatic models.
"In this case, the 500 Series Proshift 6 is a six speed version of Hino's AMT and is perfectly suited to the needs of truck owners in the medium duty class.
"The introduction of the ProShift 6 in the 500 Series means Hino offers AMT models in all three truck categories - the ProShift 5 is fitted to Hino 300 hybrid, while ProShift 16 AMTs feature in 700 Series models."
A broad selection of Hino's model range will be on the stand at the Melbourne truck show this year, including the recently released 300 Series, Hybrid 300 Series, 700 Series heavy duty models, and the Dakar Rally category winning 500 Series range.
"A third consecutive category win at this year's Dakar Rally marked the 21st occasion in a row that Hino has entered and finished the gruelling race," Mr Stewart said.
Hino's industry-first multimedia system - complete with DAB+ digital radio and optional truck specific satellite navigation, and now fitted as standard equipment to all Hino models - will also feature at the show.
A number of 500 series models fitted with Hino's Front Under Run Protection (FUP) systems will also be on display.
FUP is designed to protect other motorists by preventing their vehicle from becoming trapped and crushed under the front of the truck in the event of a frontal collision.
FUP is now fitted as standard equipment on all wide-cabin 300, 500 and 700 Series models.
Hino will be located at stand 6B at this year's show, to be held at the Melbourne show grounds from March 15 to 17.