Highway Hero, Hino Expansion, VW Plan and Cummins Getting Batteries

We hear about a Highway Hero, Hino Expansion, VW Plan and Cummins Getting Batteries in Diesel News this week.     Capability and confidence is at a high for Hino with increased involvement from five of Australia’s largest automotive and commercial vehicle retail groups.   “During 2017 and 2018, we will open three new Hino dealerships and upgrade four existing sites to meet increased demand,” said Bill Gillespie, Hino...

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Hino 500 Series Models and Hino Traq

They arrived together – the new Hino 500 Series models and Hino Traq telematics and monitoring system. What better opportunity to test-drive the two new offerings side by side? Using the Traq system to see how well or how poorly Diesel News Editor, Tim Giles, performed out on the road, but, more importantly, how the trucks fared. The FG 1628 is a Japanese truck through and through. With 280hp on tap and an Allison 3000 six-speed,...

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First Step? Quantify It

If you think you have a problem in a business, the first step? Quantify it. With all of the data now available, there is almost always a way of putting a figure on it. Fleet management is one of those things that was unquantifiable in the past, but is now something which can be translated onto a spreadsheet to be pored over by the bean counters. The introduction of the new Hino 500 Series models came around the same time as the...

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Linfox Acquisition, New Scania Range, DFE Opens Depot, Hino 4×4 Reveal and Telematics on Display

Linfox Acquisition, New Scania Range, DFE Opens Depot, Hino 4×4 Reveal and Telematics on Display, all in Diesel News this week.   Linfox acquires alcohol specialist BevChain Linfox has acquired full ownership of alcohol supply chain specialist BevChain, after purchasing 50 per cent of the business from food and beverage company, Lion.   This acquisition will reportedly provide Linfox with a direct inroad to the...

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Hino Going Auto

A trend affecting the medium to light/heavy-duty area of the market is leading to a situation where Hino going auto is only to be expected. Several truck makers have offered automated manual transmissions as an option, but the market seems to be locking itself into a preference for Allison fully automatic gearing.   As a result, Allison is an option on just about every model in the new Hino 500 Series line-up. The substantial...

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Looking for More Power

As we have seen for many years, the truck market is always looking for more power in its trucks. The desire to have just a bit more oomph every time a truck is replaced doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon. As a result, we have seen a new engine from Hino appear as an option in the heavier end of the new 500 range. In fact, both engines now available are new to Australia. The existing eight-litre engine has been modernised as...

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