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Hino Trucks introduces new Class 4, 5 diesel and diesel hybrid electric trucks for North American market

The new Hino COE diesel and diesel hybrid for the North American market. Click to enlarge.

Hino Trucks is introducing new Class 4 and Class 5 cab over engine (COE) diesel and diesel electric hybrid models specifically designed for the North American market. In the class 4 market, Hino will offer the 155 diesel model and the class 4 diesel-electric hybrid model, the 155h. The 155 and 155h models will carry a 14,500 lb. GVW rating. In the class 5 market, Hino will offer the 195 diesel model and the class 5 diesel-electric hybrid model, the 195h. The 195 and 195h models will carry a 19,500 lb. GVW rating.

All models are powered by the Hino J05E Series engine. The 5-liter engine is rated at 210 hp (157 kW) and 440 lb-ft (597 N·m) of torque. Utilizing Aisin’s A465, 6-speed automatic transmission, the Hino hybrid is the first to be packaged with an automatic transmission. The hybrid models are equipped with a NiMH battery pack. The Hybrid Adaptive Control System continuously communicates with the Engine Control Unit (ECU) to evaluate driving and road conditions to optimize the truck’s fuel economy and performance.

In addition to a the hybrid option, both models meet or exceed EPA 2010 emission regulations by utilizing an optimized SCR system.

Both models feature a wide cab with a North American standard 33-inch frame rail width, a 56,900 psi frame, and a standard center mounted rear fuel tank. The cab’s styling emphasizes aerodynamics and visibility with an angled windshield, narrow pillars and rounded- radius curves. Inside, the new cab uses its increased width to provide room for drivers up to 6 ft. 6 in. tall, seating for three and a versatile mobile workspace with a variety of organizational storage options. A crew cab version will also be available.

The diesel models will be available starting in August of 2011 at Hino Trucks dealerships across the United States. Due to initial product availability, the hybrid models will follow a roll-out approach and will be available in the following markets in December of 2011: New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and California.

Hino developed the world’s first hybrid bus in 1991, and has been continuously evolving its hybrid technology ever since. Today, with more than 10,000 hybrids in the market, Hino has manufactured the largest number of hybrid trucks around the world. The new truck is Hino’s sixth generation of hybrid technology.

Hino Trucks, a Toyota Group Company, assembles, sells and services class 4-7 commercial trucks in the United States and is headquartered in Novi, Michigan.



Hino already has a good reputation amongst contractors, so they will probably win a lot of sales from the established competitors. I still see a fair number of their old cabovers on the road.

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