Hino wins at Bris truck show
THIS year has been a big one for Hino, with the release of the Wide Cab 500 series followed up by a win at the Brisbane Truck Show.
In its first public outing, the Hino 500 Series Wide Cab won its first award, one judged by a panel of leading trucking journalists.
Hino Motor Sales Australia chairman and CEO Steve Lotter said: "We are delighted and honoured to be recognised as the Best Light or Medium Duty Truck at the country's premier truck show.
"The Hino 500 Series Wide Cab boasts the most comprehensive active safety package of any Japanese truck in the medium duty truck category including Vehicle Stability Control as standard - an Australian first for this class of Japanese built trucks.
"As a result of customer feedback, we have expanded our transmission range offerings including three different six-speed automatic variants with fuel efficient Allison units with a push button shift selector.”
All 500 Series Wide Cabs are supported by Hino Advantage, a suite of business building solutions and more than 60 dealerships and service centres across the country.
Judging criteria at the show included technical innovation, safety and customer support measures such as the delivery time, distribution network and value for money.
One of the judges said:
"The Hino 500 Series Wide Cab has a strong package of vehicle safety and reduction in driver fatigue through the matching of attractive engine and automatic driveline options.”
When talking about the Hino stand, Mr Lotter said the show was more than just an opportunity to demonstrate the depth of the company's range - it was also about the evolution of the brand and business.
"Two years ago, we celebrated our 50th anniversary in Australia at the show.
"This year's stand focused on our evolution as a trusted business partner that provides our customers with high quality products and business building solutions such as Hino Advantage - all of which were on display at the show.”
A prototype of the new Hino 300 Series 4x4 - on display for the first time in the world (covered in the previous issue of Big Rigs) opening the off-road market for Hino, was one of the more popular attractions on the manufacturer's stand.