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Hino set to preview future at Tokyo Motor Show

The upcoming 46th Tokyo Motor Show is set to occasion the world premiere of a new Hino concept vehicle in addition to a hybrid heavy duty commercial vehicle featuring a cutting edge Artificial Intelligence system.

The 700 series heavy duty hybrid truck, known as the Hino Profia Hybrid, launched in Japan's domestic market in August.

Optimal hybrid driveline control, according to the commercial vehicle manufacturer, is assisted by world first AI utilising drive route, vehicle load, hybrid energy availability and other factors determining driving requirements from up to 100 kilometres away – in real time.

These benefits help reduce the environmental footprint of the vehicle by minimising power consumption and maximising all important fuel economy.

The Hino Profia Hybrid has been paired with an A09C diesel engine in parallel with an electric motor, in conjunction with a 12-speed automated manual transmission.

“The launch of the Hino Profia Hybrid in the Japanese market is a very exciting development for Hino globally - we are working with Hino Japan to determine suitability for this product and many other products for the Australian market,” said Daniel Petrovski, Hino Australia Product Strategy Manager.

As one of the main attractions at the Hino stand, the Profia Hybrid will be accompanied by the Hino FlatFormer, a versatile concept vehicle the OEM is claiming will change the concept of mobility forever.

According to Petrovski the FlatFormer is a modular electric vehicle platform that measures 4.7m long, 1.7m wide and has a platform height of only 335 mm, with an electric motor output of 170kw delivered through its six wheel end motors which are feed energy from the 50kWh Lithium Ion Batteries.

“The FlatFormer offers a new level operational flexibility and can be fitted with a myriad of cab and body configurations to suit the customer’s transportation and mobility requirements,” he said in a statement.

Hino will also showcase its racing heritage and prowess with its 500 Series Dakar Rally truck that competed in the 2019 event, which also marked Hino’s tenth consecutive victory in the Under 10-litre class. 

Key specifications of the 2019 Dakar Rally Hino truck include full-time 4WD and an A09 9.9 litre direct injection turbocharged and intercooled engine, which is matched to a six speed manual transmission.

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