The Hino 500 Series is a renowned for its reliability and dependability.
The Hino 500 Series is a renowned for its reliability and dependability.

Hinos shifting into another gear

The AMT transmission features state-of-the-art electronic control for swift gear -changing.

Hino Australia has announced the introduction of an all-new Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) option on a selection of its 500 Series medium-duty truck models.

Dubbed ProShift 6, the new AMT will initially be available as an option on FC 1022 and FD 1124 500 Series models.

The Hino-designed and manufactured ProShift AMT 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 driveability," 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 fully automatic models.

"In this case, the 500 Series ProShift 6 is a six-speed version of Hino's own AMT and is perfectly suited to the needs of truck owners in the medium duty class.

"This transmission features state-of-the-art electronic control for swift gear changing and is a true, two-pedal, easy-to-drive vehicle.

"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 on 700 Series models," he said.

In addition to the mechanical upgrade, All Hino FD 1124 models are now rated at 11-tonne gross vehicle mass (GVM), up from the previous 10.4-tonne rating.

Mr Stewart said the new Hino AMT models could deliver significant fuel savings for operators under certain circumstances.

"Hino engineers have tailored the shift points of the ProShift 6 transmission to maximise the use of effective engine torque at all times, increasing fuel efficiency and driveability.

"This transmission has been optimised for use in Australian conditions following an extensive development program that relied on the input of local testing.

"Shift points, final drive ratios and up-rated oil capacities to provide cooling in high-temperature climates are just a few of the modifications made on Australian models," Mr Stewart said.

"We feel Australian operators will be pleasantly surprised by the benefits ProShift models can provide.

"ProShift AMTs will progressively become available across the Hino model range over the next few years."

At a glance

 ProShift 6 AMT specifications:

CLUTCH - Model: CS-350 series Type: Dry single plate with damper springs Facing material: Moulded (non-asbestos). Facing outside diameter: 350mm Control: Hydraulic with air booster controlled by transmission.

TRANSMISSION AND GEAR RATIOS: ProShift 6 Automated Manual Transmission Model: LX06S Overdrive. Type: Six forward and one reverse speeds, synchromesh on 2nd to 6th. Control: Electronic Rear axle gear ratio: 4.625:11st: 6.0982nd: 3.8583rd: 2.3404th: 1.4225th: 1.0006th: 0.744 Rev: 5.672

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