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Hino gearing up for launch of 2011 medium-duty line-up (July 26, 2010)

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. -- Hino Motors Canada is slated to release its newly redesigned 2011 medium-duty truck (MDT)...

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Hino Motors Canada is slated to release its newly redesigned 2011 medium-duty truck (MDT) line-up in September. 

The 2011 MDT line-up will feature new design and functional improvements designed to enhance the trucks’ flexibility and driver comfort, efficiency and safety.

On the style side, the new design will include a new hood and front grille, while driver comfort is enhanced with the addition of a driver’s seat armrest. Driver safety and efficiency improvements include the addition of a Bluetooth-enabled GPS stereo and a new driver information display which is designed to be easier to read.

Hino officials say the MDT’s will also feature significant technological improvements to meet new emissions regulations. All 2011 Hino MDT’s will use Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) to comply with EPA2010 emissions requirements and reduce fuel consumption by an estimated 3-5%.

The 2011 Hino 338 will receive a boost in power to 260 hp while the torque on the Hino 358 increases to 660 lbs-ft. Officials say the changes will improve the throttle response and driveability of both models. Front axle capacity on the Hino 358 increases to 14,000 lbs.

A “clean chassis” option will be available for the Hino 268, 338 and 358. By transferring parts previously mounted on the outside of the frame rails behind the cab, Hino officials say the configuration will be ideal for beverage bodies, car carrier configurations and other applications.

“The launch of these new trucks is a milestone for Hino. The trucks have been redesigned virtually from the ground, up. Drivers will notice the bold new styling in addition to chassis and power train refinements.  The environment will benefit from advanced SCR emissions controls that are fully EPA2010 emissions compliant. New chassis configurations and power improvements will open up new market opportunities for our products,” said Eric Smith, national sales manager for Hino Motors Canada.

Being launched concurrently with the MDT line-up is the all new Class 5 Hino 198 model for 2011. The 2011 Hino 198 is built on a 19,500-lbs GVWR truck chassis coupled to a 220 hp, 7.6 litre turbo charged Hino diesel engine. Officials say its styling features and use of SCR will mirror the MDT line-up.

Both the MDT line-up and the new Hino 198 will be assembled at Hino’s Canadian assembly plant in Woodstock, Ont.

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