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 Australia’s General Manager Brand and Franchise Development. “It is significant that we have increased investment from five of Australia’s largest automotive and commercial vehicle retail groups in key locations across the country, namely Automotive Holding Group/AHG (Coffs Harbour), Sci Fleet (Eagle Farm, Brisbane), CMV Group (Laverton, Melbourne), AP Eagers (Mascot, Sydney) and the Suttons family-owned group (Arndell Park, Sydney). Read more

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, running in a 4×2 configuration with an average load on, this is an easy drive. The Allison helps with the quality of the drive and tries manfully to get the most out of the exhaust brake when slowing the truck.

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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. Read more

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 improvement in auto performance with improved electronics, including the ability to monitor the truck’s behaviour and demands so precisely, via the CANbus, means the transmission has an effective answer to every question posed by the truck and the task at hand. Read more

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 the Hino J08E. It is rated at 280hp (206kW) at 2,500rpm and puts out an increased torque level at 883Nm (651 ft lb), an increase of seven per cent on its predecessor. Read more

Built-in Flexibility

The modern truck has a lot of built-in flexibility, and the Hino 500 range is no exception. The models available range from the lighter end of medium-duty up to some serious heavy-duty rigid trucks. This means the trucks are going to experience very different working lives and need to be capable, no matter what the task.

Hino has looked at what they have on offer in the 500 Series and made a number of changes to increase the breadth and depth of its offering to the market. This means new chassis, new engines and new combinations of existing components. Read more

Truck Show Snapshots

Last week was Brisbane Truck Show, here are the Diesel News’ Truck Show Snapshots, if you couldn’t make to the event.There were unveilings by Scania, UD Trucks, Mercedes Benz, International and Hino. Crowds surged around the new Kenworth T610 and the old school limited edition T900 on the Paccar stand. Freightliner harked back over the 75 years since the founding of the company with a rare 1950 A64-800 ‘Bubblenose’ truck. Read more

Quick Look at the Trade Ace

Diesel News took a quick look at the Trade Ace from Hino. Stepping up to a light duty truck from a car can be daunting for some people. Change can be a daunting thing when car-based utilities or one-tonners have been the workhorse of choice.

When business needs demand a vehicle with a significantly greater carrying capacity, it’s not just the larger size, both length and width, causing consternation, there’s also the extra height off the ground, those wide reaching rear view mirrors and a turning circle somewhat larger than an average ute. Read more

Running a Workshop

There is more to running a workshop than meets the eye. Professional technicians and their management need to handle the task in a collaborative manner to get the best out of the team. Diesel Workshop has been speaking too one particular example in South West Sydney.

Running the workshop for Adtrans, based in Smeaton Grange in South West Sydney is the task for Greg Mann. In his late 50s, Greg Mann comes across as an affable bloke who calls a spade a spade and really knows his stuff in regards to truck workshop management. That’s hardly surprising considering he has 38 years of workshop management experience under his belt. Read more