Montreal, QUE. — Hino is coming to market with a totally new look.
In a marked departure from its cabover heritage, a conventional cab design will now headline Hino’s Class 4 to 7 lineup.
“We haven’t made this decision lightly. We put a lot of thought into it, keeping the customer in mind,” said Alan Masters, vice president, Hino Motor Sales Canada.
The cabover design, which was quite successful in parts of Canada, Quebec in particular, will be phased out over the next year or so.
Although the look is new, much of the feel will continue to be the same, Masters said. That’s partly because the use of a new axle from ArvinMeritor with an aggressive cut angle allows Hino to retain the same turning radius.
“We did an experiment using our current FB model with a 20ft body versus the new truck with the same body and the turning radius was the same,” Masters said.
Also part of the new truck is Hino’s familiar four-valve overhead cam J Series engine, which is turbocharged and intercooled with a common rail fuel system and variable geometry turbocharger.
Light-duty trucks will come with a four-cylinder engine, a short hood in 14,000, 16,000 and 18,000 GVW models. Medium-duty trucks will sport a longer hood to house a six-cylinder engine and be available in 23,000, 26,0000, 30,000 and 33,000 models.
The new trucks, now to be manufactured in North America, should be available in a little over a year.
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