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All-new Hino 500 series showcases substantial advances in safety

Autonomous Emergency Braking, Vehicle Stability Control and exhaust emissions compliance with Euro 6 are just some of the standout features of Hino’s all-new 500 Series Standard Cab officially launched this week.

“The level of safety in this truck has never been seen in any Japanese-built medium-duty truck in Australia,” said Hino Australia Manager of Product Strategy, Daniel Petrovski.

“This is complemented by the superior torque, increased power and reduced fuel consumption of the all-new A05 five-litre four-cylinder engine,” he said.

Headlining the substantial leap forward in safety is the Pre-Collision System (PCS) incorporating Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Pedestrian Detection (PD) and Safety Eye (SE).

The new truck also includes Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW).

ACC utilises the SE to continuously scan the road ahead.

If a slower vehicle is detected it reduces engine power and engages the engine brake to match the speed of the slower vehicle.

LDW is designed to alert the driver, both visually on the Multi-Information Display and audibly through the speakers, if the vehicle deviates from its lane without the turn indicators being triggered.

Another active safety feature that Hino says is unique among Japanese medium-duty contenders is the standard inclusion of Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) incorporating Anti-Lock Braking (ABS) and traction control.

According to Hino, this makes it the only Japanese manufacturer to offer VSC as standard equipment on every on-road model in its 300 and 500 Series ranges, from the 300 Series car licence model through to the 350hp heavy-duty 500 Series FM 6x4 models.

Further inbuilt safety technology includes a standard reversing camera complete with infrared night vision capability and a microphone. 

In addition, the new 500 Series Standard Cab range sports an impressive suite of passive safety features including a driver’s airbag, UN ECE R29 cab strength rating (single cab) and ADR 84/00 compliant Front Underrun Protection.

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