Hino builds on BTG range

Light-duty trucking firms now have more Hino variants to consider.

Commercial vehicle manufacturer, Hino Australia, has expanded its 300 Series Built to Go (BTG) range to provide light-duty truck operators with more options.

“The Hino BTG range provides high quality, durable and convenient drive-away solutions for car and truck-licenced buyers who require the reliability of a Hino truck with the quality and peace of mind that a Hino Genuine body offers,” said Hino Australia Manager of Product Strategy, Daniel Petrovski.

Hino launched its new 300 Series range in July. The expansion of the BTG range, according to Petrovski, ensures Australian operators can choose from a broader range of heavy vehicles while avoiding delivery lead times that typically occur when specifying custom-built truck bodies.

The 2020 BTG 300 Series range is reported to offer more variants including new Crew Cab models and a new range of Alloy Tray models.

Petrovski said the superior floor and ladder rack ratings demonstrate the strength of the Hino Genuine aluminium tray.

“The 616 and 617 TradeAce and Alloy Tray variants have a four-tonne floor rating, while the new 721 models have a massive six-tonne floor rating.”

All Hino Genuine aluminium trays are constructed from high grade aluminium extrusion, which is both light and strong, maximising payloads while providing a durable tray body.

Every Hino aluminium tray features a full size head-board, easy fold and removable drop sides and large rope rails, tray fittings such as latches and hinges all made of zinc plated steel, and mud guards use heavy duty aluminium chequer plate.

Another new addition to the BTG range are the 300 Series Crew Cab variants, which are available in both the Alloy Tray and TradeAce configuration.

“The new Crew Cab variants are truly versatile vehicles with a tray length similar to the Single Cab models, a towing capacity of up to 3,500kg and an increased capacity of seven seats – it can work hard during the week, and support a family lifestyle on the weekend,” said Petrovski.

The new Alloy Tray and TradeAce range now also includes the new 721 model.

“With an impressive 205hp and 600Nm of torque when matched to the six-speed double overdrive transmission, the 721 Alloy Tray and TradeAce variants are available in both Single and Crew Cab variants, and can be rated at a Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) of either 4,495kg on a car licence or 6,500kg on a light rigid truck licence,” Hino said in a statement.

“The Hino Alloy Tray and TradeAce BTG models are designed to be true hard working trucks that provide a number of options for car-licenced customers.”

The Hino SteelAce is reported to be the only factory-fitted steel tray BTG product available from a Japanese truck manufacturer in Australia.

“It continues to be the ideal solution for customers who need a tray tough enough to handle hard, heavy work and point loads, whether they are concreters, roof tilers or brick layers carrying equipment such as mixers in the back,” said Petrovski.

“With its heavy duty steel chequer plate floor, the Hino SteelAce is tailored for these type of customer applications,” he said.

Every Hino SteelAce is reported to be fitted with a Hino Genuine full protection premium Bullbar and features a full size head-board matched to two steel ladder racks.

All tray fittings such as latches and guards on the SteelAce use heavy duty steel, and come with removable drop sides with access steps at the front and rear of the body.

The range includes Wide Cab car-licenced 616 and 617 products that have GVMs of between 4,495 and 5,500kg, as well as 716 and 717 variants with GVMs between 4,495 and 6,500kg.

The Hino 300 Series Tipper range is extensive and it continues to be the only Japanese light-duty tipper available with a choice of either a manual or true automatic transmissions according to the OEM.

“For over 20 years, Hino BTG Genuine Tippers have offered customers a combination of high quality strength and durability with short delivery lead times.”

All Hino Genuine Tipper bodies are manufactured in Japan using high quality steel and feature drop sides and auto opening tailgates.

Selected models also feature rope rails, easy-to-use barn-style rear door openings and a body lock.

“The 616 Standard Cab Tipper can haul an impressive 1.7 tonnes of payload on a car licence, yet is only 1.9m wide allowing it to squeeze into tight spaces,” said Petrovski.

The Wide Cab and Crew Cab variants are available in body lengths between 3.1m and 4m with a payload of up to 4.7 tonnes.

The BTG range – like all new 2020 300 Series trucks – features Hino SmartSafe, a safety package with advanced driver-assist technology that takes an active focus in protecting the life of drivers, passengers and other road users.

“Hino SmartSafe includes a Pre-Collision System (PCS) with Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Pedestrian Detection (PD), Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Reverse Camera and a suite of other standard safety features,” said Petrovski.

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