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Hino caps off decade of dominance at Dakar

Hino has won the under 10-litre class at the 2019 Dakar Rally in Peru making it the tenth consecutive year it has dominated the category.

The 12-day event, across 10 gruelling stages, saw Car 2 of Hino Team Sugawara claim victory in the Under 10-litre class and finish 9th overall.

“It was a tough course, and I would like to congratulate Car 2 for delivering Hino Team Sugawara its 10th successive victory in the Under 10 litre class – as always, we will use our experiences in this year’s Dakar Rally to further enhance our products,” said Yoshio Shimo, Hino Motors Limited President & CEO.

Teruhito Sugawara, one of the driving team for Car 2, said he was pleased with the result.

“With the new truck, we have seen opportunities to improve, and we’re looking forward to taking these learnings to achieve even greater results,” he said.

Dimitri Andreatidis, Hino Australia Head of Customer and Brand congratulated the team on its success.

“Once again, Hino demonstrated its reliability by delivering a 10th successive class victory, which is an incredible result given that only 34 per cent of trucks actually finished the rally,” he said.

“At Hino Australia, we are extremely proud of the ‘Little Monster’ trucks and their long list of achievements,” said Andreatidis.

Both of the Hino Dakar Rally 500 Series vehicles used an enhanced version of the Hino A09C 6 cylinder engine, with the production version available as an option in the 500 Series Wide Cab trucks in Australia.
A derivative of the A09, the A05 engine, powers the all-new street smart 500 Series Standard Cab, now on sale in Australia.

Upgrades for this year’s Dakar Rally, Hino Team Sugawara Car 2 truck included greater maximum engine output, a more rigid frame, longer wheelbase, and a new cab suspension.

Key specifications of the two 2019 Dakar Rally Hino trucks include the 8,866L direct injection turbocharged and intercooled engine matched to a six-speed direct drive gearbox with secondary transmission, two speed transfer and a part time four-wheel drive (4WD) feature in Car 1 and full time 4WD in Car 2.

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