New Hino Crew Cabs allow more passengers to be taken along for the ride. Picture: SUPPLIED
New Hino Crew Cabs allow more passengers to be taken along for the ride. Picture: SUPPLIED

The Hino 500 Wide Cab range of heavy commercial trucks has been increased to 14 with the addition of two 1627 Crew Cab derivatives, one with a six-speed manual gearbox and the other with a six-speed Allison  automatic transmission. The Crew Cab provides seating for seven people, including the driver.

“The Hino 500 Wide Cab range, which was introduced to SA at the end of 2017, has been well accepted in the market and now we can fill requirements in another niche segment with the arrival of the Crew Cab models,” said Ernie Trautmann, vice-president of Hino SA.

“We see the new additions appealing to municipalities, removal companies, tow-truck operators as well as the construction and mining industries.”

The Crew Cabs are well specified, with standard equipment including air conditioning, electric windows, audio system, cruise control and hill-start assist on the manual model.

The Crew Cab provides seating for seven people, including the driver. Picture: SUPPLIED
The Crew Cab provides seating for seven people, including the driver. Picture: SUPPLIED

The Hino 1627 Crew Cab is claimed to outperform its market rivals with a more powerful engine, fully automatic transmission, higher GVM of 16,000kg, full air braking system, much bigger fuel tank, tighter turning circle and far better gradeability.

In 2018 Hino’s heavy commercial sales, which included the new Hino 500 Wide Cab models, were up 19.3%.

Hino SA recently announced it will need to consider increasing its production capacity at its Prospecton assembly plant near Durban, as projected sales of 4,950 units for 2019 will be close to the plant’s single-shift capacity of 5,000 units a year.

Hino has a sales target of 7,550 trucks a year in SA by 2025.

Hinomatics, a locally developed telematics system, will be released later this year. A basic system will be fitted to certain Hino models and can be customised to suit customer requirements.

Another new arrival will be an updated e-Hino communication system between Hino SA and its dealer network, which will be more effective than its long-running predecessor.

In 2019 Hino will also start offering more price-competitive service and maintenance plans to customers, particularly those operating 300- and 500-series Hino trucks.

Hino has introduced a buy-back programme that will enable dealers to monitor the usage of the buy-backs so they can be sold as used trucks with confidence.