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Hino 500 ramps up style and comfort

Hino Australia expects the launch last week of its Hino 500 series will raise the bar for style and comfort within the medium duty truck market.

A complete redesign of the interior and exterior of the cab achieve increased comfort for practical requirements in the Australian market according to Daniel Petrovski, Hino Australia Product Strategy Manager.

“The dynamic new face of the 500 Series Standard Cab features a stylish two bar grille with an enlarged Hino badge while headlamps with integrated indicators are set in the bumper,” he said.

“Both the FD and FE models receive Light Emitting Diode (LED) headlamps, LED fog lamps and LED Daytime Running Lamps, all of which are a cost-effective solution that produce a clear bright white light.”

“We have redesigned the interior of the 500 Series Standard Cab models to provide our Australian customers with a cab environment that sets a new benchmark for medium duty trucks.”

The ergonomically-designed dash layout is operationally focused featuring all new instrumentation with an easy-to-read dial speedometer and tachometer and a central 7” LED Multi-Information Display for the Hino Safety Systems settings, gear selection, vehicle maintenance data, ECO Tree driving status and basic vehicle operating information.

A left hand rotary switch on the multi-function steering wheel enhances fingertip control of the Multi-Information Display while a right hand rotary switch controls settings for Adaptive Cruise Control.

“Ease of driving is a requirement in the medium duty market which is why the Allison automatic transmission is a highly desired solution and is available across the range.”

Automated Manual Transmission models, according to Hino Australia, feature a dial type gear selector mounted on the new dashboard as well as an additional gear selection lever on the steering column.

It will allow the driver to switch from Automated to Manual mode and change gears without having to remove their hands from the steering wheel.

Petrovski said the cab of the truck is more than a driver’s office. Working closely with Hino Japan he said the new model was suitable for Australian drivers and upgrading the bunk area to be ADR42 sleeper compliant.

“The sleeper compliance will broaden the appeal of the new model, allowing for overnight trips or just a nap while on a work break in an approved rest area,” he said.

The next generation ISRI 6860 NTS2 driver’s seat is available for the first time in a Japanese truck.

“Safety is paramount with the new seat featuring an audible seatbelt reminder and a SRS seatbelt pretension.”

“The new seat position has been designed to offer 48mm of additional rearward seat adjustment, offering increased leg room specifically designed with taller Australians in mind.”

Single cab models can seat three people with a high back Hino seat for kerbside passengers and a centre passenger seat for a third passenger according to Petrovski.

Crew Cab models have a standard seating capacity of up to six people.

Other upgrades include easier ingress and egress with non-slip cab access steps and longer easier to use full-length grab handles ensuring three points of contact at all times.

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