Hino Motors has launched an automatic transmission update to the increasingly popular lineup of its Hino 500 Series Medium Duty Truck (MDT) range in the Middle East.
The latest version of its versatile vehicle is only available in its Euro 3 engine variants – so does not include the UAE – and includes multiple features to enhance safety and comfort for drivers and passengers, said the Japanese marque in a statement.
It continued: “Every aspect of the Hino 500 Series MDT’s cabin has been engineered to bring greater convenience, from the two-level steps and large inside door handle grips that give easy access to the driving seat to the brightly illuminated combination meter and LCD screen that offer a clear view of the vehicle’s instrument readings. The semi-floating cabin structure is mounted using a special bush that greatly reduces the amount of vibration experienced during driving, leading to increased passenger comfort and lessening the need for maintenance.”
The 500 comes with a number of robust safety features suitable for the region including a collapsible steering column, shock-absorbing steering, a steel-plate door impact beam and robust mainframe reinforcement.
According to Hino, the chassis incorporates a web frame structure that ensures greater durability levels, while a metal bumper reinforcement is installed behind fiber bumper frame for enhanced collision protection: “The full air-brake system provides a high level of initial braking force and features a dual-circuit brake line for improved safety, as well as easier maintenance due to the fluidless nature of the system. Under-run protectors have been adopted at the front and rear of some models, and the vehicle is also fitted with large multi-reflected headlights to provide a clear view at night.”
“We are delighted to introduce the all-new automatic transmission variant of the Euro 3 Hino 500 Series MDT to the Middle East market. This versatile vehicle further builds on the success of the 500 Series to bring greater performance, safety and value to our customers in the region,” added Satoshi Matsumoto, managing director, Hino Motors Middle East. “Owners will also benefit from the best sales, spare parts, and service solutions thanks to Hino’s ‘total support’ philosophy, which aims to ensure their needs are met throughout the lifecycle of their vehicle.”
Driver Notes: Hino on the variants of the 500 Series
The 500 Series MDT range is available in three variants that are tailored to a diverse range of applications. The FG model can be configured as a road sweeper, municipality vehicle, cargo box, or cargo vehicle with crane; the GH can be used as a garbage compactor or waste management truck; and the FM version can be fitted with a water tanker or 10-ton cargo crane.
The GH and FM models benefit from a reduced turning circle radius for improved maneuverability, while the FG and GH models offer increased ground clearance and better off-road performance.
All three variants feature an automatic transmission system that ensures smooth and easy acceleration and start-ability, as well as greater agility and speed when traveling in congested zones and narrow roads. The automatic transmission brings the additional benefit of improved fuel efficiency over its manual counterparts, as well as increased vehicle up-time due to reduced engine load.
The Euro 3 engine version of the Hino 500 Series MDT is powered by a J08E-WH engine that, when coupled with automatic transmission, is capable of generating 260 PS and 794 Nm of torque (ISO NET). A speed limiter is also fitted as standard, with maximum speeds of 100 kph (FG and GH) and 90 kph (FM) promoting responsible driving and increased fuel efficiency.