Hino’s new class 4 model 155 and class 5 model 195 cabover trucks will also be available in diesel/electric hybrid versions, a first for Hino on this continent. They’ll be designated 155h and 195h respectively.

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 first ever North American class 5 diesel-electric hybrid model, the 195h. The 195 and 195h models are good for 19,500 lb GVW.

All models are powered by Hino’s 5-litre J05E Series diesel engine, rated at 210 hp and 440 lb ft of torque, hitched to Aisin’s A465 6-speed automatic transmission.

The hybrid version’s power module and all related equipment are designed and manufactured in-house, with 60% of the componentry coming from parent company Toyota’s hybrid parts cupboard. It provides 258 lb ft of start-up torque. The system automatically shuts the diesel down when the truck stops, even briefly at traffic lights, for example.

Hino suggests a remarkable payback period of under five years for these hybrid models in typical P&D applications.

Both 155 and 195 models feature a new wide cab with a North American standard 33-in. frame-rail width, a 56,900-psi frame, and a standard center-mounted rear fuel tank. The cab’s aerodynamic performance is claimed to be 29 percent better than the competition. Inside, the new cab has 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, with orders being taken in May. The hybrid models will be phased in gradually and will be available in selected U.S. markets in December, some time in 2012 for Canada.

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