Hino Motors is a leading Japanese auto manufacturer dealing extensively in trucks, buses, and industrial engines. Founded in 1910, the company had its roots in Tokyo Gas Industry Company. In 1912, the venture broadened its approach and renamed the concern as Tokyo Gas and Electric Industry. From then onwards, they started dealing with electronic products, including automobiles. The company launched its first commercial vehicle in 1917 with the rolling out of TGE 'A-Type' truck. The auto giant started its Indian operation on September 2008, with the formation of the joint venture with Marubeni Corporation. They primarily target fleet owners and construction and mining logistics with their products.
In India, Hino launched the 500 series FM tippers FL long haulage trucks. The cabin and chassis of these commercial vehicles get imported from Thailand, before being assembled at the Bhiwandi plant in Thane district. Currently, you can purchase Hino 500 FM8J and Hino 500 FL8J trucks in the country. Hino trucks have gained acclamation among customers for the production of durable and rugged heavy commercial vehicles with robust engines. The auto manufacturer values the significance of developing environment-friendly automobiles and is making efforts to conform to the BS-IV norms, which has currently become compulsory in India.Read More
Throughout the world, Hino has earned a reputation for developing heavy-duty commercial vehicles with reliable services. H500 FM8J is the most powerful truck from the Hino fleet currently running on Indian roads. There are three variants available for this heavy-duty tipper. It gets powered by a Euro-III compliant Hino J08E, DI turbocharged intercooled 7684cc mill churning out a mammoth 247 bhp @ 2500 rpm maximum power, and a peak torque of 739Nm @ 1500rpm. The engine remains mated to a 9-speed manual transmission gearbox, and it can sprint up to a top seed of 98 kmph.
Japanese automobiles are known all over the world for their incredible designs and engineering. Currently, only two Hino trucks are available in the Indian market-H500 FM8J and H500 FL8J. Both of them comes with a Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) of 25000 kg. H500 FM8J is an excellent tipper for carrying construction materials like sand, bricks, and marble blocks and mining products like coal and stones to the sites. H500 FL8J, on the contrary, is an outstanding heavy-duty long haulage truck for inter-state transport of machines and bulky materials. Both these commercial vehicles have become a favourite among transporters for their maximum uptime and minimum maintenance.
Along with precise engines and outstanding designs, Hino trucks also come with exceptional off-roading gradeability. The tipper truck H500 FM8J shows an off-roading gradeability of 40 per cent, while the figure for the long haulage truck is 30 per cent. You can use both these commercial vehicle for uphill climbing and transporting goods to rough terrains. They remain equipped with semi-elliptic leaf springs with shock absorbers at both the front and rear end so that even the worst potholes or muddy rural roads cannot damage the deliveries.
Engineers at Hino understand the significance of comfort and safety features in maintaining the up-time of vehicles. They have designed the Hino trucks currently running on Indian roads with power steering, ABS air braking, adjustable driver seats, driver information display (present in H500 FL8J), and air-conditioned sleeper cabin. These features allow drivers to ride comfortably and take sufficient rest while parking the vehicle.
Hino trucks have won the confidence and trust of customers since their launch in India. However, they face some competition from national and international commercial vehicle manufacturers including Ashok Leyland, Asia Motor Works, BharatBenz, Eicher Motors, Mahindra & Mahindra, Scania, Tata Motors, and Volvo.