Johannesburg International Motor Show

Johannesburg Expo Centre, 6 – 16 October 2011


Hino, which next year celebrates the 40th anniversary of its arrival in South Africa, is out to make a major statement at this year’s Johannesburg Truck & Bus Show, which will run concurrently with the Johannesburg International Motor Show to be staged at Expo Centre, Nasrec, on October 6-16.

Hino Johannesburg International Motor Show

According to Hino SA Vice President, Dr Casper Kruger, one segment of the market where the company is determined to increase its share is in the vibrant, extra-heavy truck market where the 700 Series is becoming more and more competitive, with range extensions and added features being offered as an option.

The recently introduced Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) is proving a winner on both these counts.

The fact that Hino will have three of these premium models on display at the show demonstrates how serious it is about promoting this range. The models on show, all with AMT, will be a 2848 6×4 double sleeper cab, a 2841 6×4 with a single sleeper cab as well as a 2038 4×2 double sleeper cab.

Dr Kruger says the initial response to the AMT models has been very heartening and is becoming an increasingly popular option as South Africa’s roads become more and more congested, making  two-pedal control the way to go in making the driver’s job easier and cutting maintenance costs such as clutch replacement.

“We have expanded our line-up to six models in the past year including a tipper model and offer extra-heavy truck customers the choice of four engine outputs – 380, 410, 450 and 480 horsepower.

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Johannesburg International Motor Show
Johannesburg Expo Centre, 6 – 16 October 2011

“Now with AMT standard across the truck tractor range and available in steel or air suspension (480hp model) we are more competitive in this popular market segment than ever before in our history,” commented the Hino SA vice-president.

The Hino 500 Series is always among the top sellers in the heavy segment of the market. The model on show at Expo Centre will be a 1626 freight carrier. This is the model that forms the basis of the racing trucks developed by Hino and Team Sugawara for the Dakar Rally where it has built up an enviable record of 20 consecutive finishes.

The foundation of Toyota SA’s participation in the local truck market started with the Toyota Dyna in 1971 and this continues to be a very important model in the range, particularly since it was migrated to become the Hino 300 Series in 2009 and upgraded to Euro III in 2010. There will be an announcement at the Truck & Bus Show of further product developments with regard to this stalwart of the SA medium truck market.