Hino Australia yesterday announced the introduction of an all-new Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) option on a selection of its 500 Series medium-duty truck models.
Dubbed the ‘ProShift 6’, the new Hino-designed and manufactured AMT will initially be available as an option on FC 1022 and FD 1124 500 Series models.
“An increasing number of operators are choosing AMTs over conventional transmissions thanks to their all-round versatility and driveability. Hino believes in offering true choice to customers, which is why we've decided to introduce ProShift transmissions in two of our most popular 500 Series models, alongside the existing 500 Series range of manual and fully automatic models,” said Hino Australia's divisional manager product strategy, marketing and dealer development, Alex Stewart.
“In this case, the 500 Series ProShift 6 is a six-speed version of Hino's own AMT and is perfectly suited to the needs of truck owners in the medium duty class.
“This transmission features state-of-the-art electronic control for swift gear changing and is a true, two-pedal, easy-to-drive vehicle.”
Mr Stewart said that the introduction of the ProShift 6 in the 500 Series means Hino now offers AMT models in all three truck categories – the ProShift 5 in the Hino 300 Hybrid and the ProShift 16 on 700 Series models.
In addition to the mechanical upgrade, All Hino FD 1124 models are now rated at 11-tonne gross vehicle mass (GVM), up from the previous 10.4-tonne rating.