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Hino targets extra-heavy truck market after robust sales growth in this segment

Hino targets extra-heavy truck market after robust sales growth in this segment

Hino SA announced this week it is steaming ahead with its extensive restructuring of the company, focussing on training, vehicle monitoring, improved dealer communications, and tweaking the service and maintenance plans to make their trucks more competitive and even more popular.

On the product side, Hino stated that it does not intend to introduce any new models this year following the launch of the new Wide Cab 500 series last year. Hino will add a 1627 crew cab cargo carrier to the 500 series though.

For the Hino’s smaller brother, the equally popular and proven Dyna, a wide range of customised accessories will be made available.  The Dyna, sold by both Toyota and Hino dealerships, will get more standard safety and driver-support features.

Furthermore, Hino this year will introduce its telematics system, called Hinomatics. A basic system will be fitted to certain Hino models which can then be customised to suit specific customer requirements.

The Japanese truckmaker promised that 2019 will see an update of e-Hino, the communication system between the parent and all dealers, to improve efficiency. Another improvement in the pipeline is the service and maintenance plans for owners of the 300 and 500 series Hino trucks.

By 2025 Hino plans to have four alternative fuel platforms for its trucks, – diesel-electric hybrids, plug-in hybrids, pure electric power, and hydrogen fuel cells. Relevant models will be considered for introduction by Hino SA.

Hino intends to introduce a buy-back programme that will be made possible by Hinomatics which will enable dealers to monitor the usage of the buy-backs so they can be sold as used trucks with confidence. This will in turn lead to the introduction of a structured Hino used truck market.


 

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