The Hino 500 Series medium-duty truck range has been expanded to include new FC, FD, FE, GT, FG, GH, FL, FM8J and FM1A models – all designed to offer improved performance and reduced fuel consumption.
In response to market demand, the FE has been designed to transport heavier and more varied loads. It replaces the GD model and is offered in both 12,000kg and 14,000kg GVM ratings.
The new FE models have 19.5” wheel rims and low-profile tyres to achieve the low chassis frame height many operators require for ease of loading access and to meet occupational health and safety requirements.
The FC 10,400kg GVM range now includes a new model with a wheelbase of 4650mm to better suit local freight applications where there is greater demand on weight distribution.
The popular GH (17,000kg GVM) model range also has also welcomed a new model variant with a shorter wheelbase of 3760mm.
The FG and GH models have the new feature of a four-point cabin suspension system for increased driver comfort and therefore reduced driver fatigue.
At the heavier end, FM8J (26,000kg GVM) has a new 6500mm wheelbase and the choice of nine-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.
The new Euro 5-compliant Hino wide-cabin FG, GH, FL and FM8J models have more power than their US04-compliant predecessors, due to upgrades of Hino’s highly successful six-cylinder J08E engine.
“The J08E engine upgrade has seen maximum power increased by 16kW,” said Hino Australia Divisional Manager, Product Strategy & Development, Alex Stewart.
“In fact, the entire 500 Series has undergone the transition to Euro 5 with relative ease.
“Improvements include new engine control units (ECU’s), enhanced fuel mapping and effective variable-nozzle turbochargers (VNT) for improved fuel economy and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
“The entire range has gained from an extensive Australian testing and evaluation program carried out by Hino factory engineers in conjunction with local staff.
“This testing has ensured our models best meet local environmental and climatic conditions, as well as building on the strength of the earlier models and Hino’s reputation for quality, durability and reliability.”