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Hino to unveil 300 Series 4x4 at AFAC

Commercial vehicle manufacturer Hino Australia has announced it will showcase light duty examples from its 300 Series 4x4 at the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) exhibition in September.

Attendees at the event in Perth scheduled for 5-8 September will get a first glimpse at the Hino exhibit of a 300 Series 4x4 Crew Cab with a mine rescue and fire body.

The body has been fitted by emergency response vehicle supplier Paull and Warner Body Builders. As a multi-purpose appliance configured for fire fighting and road crash rescue, first aid, hazmat and other hazards prone to mine sites, it features fixed gas detection that allows first responders to ascertain unseen potential hazards prior to leaving the cab of the truck.

The built-for-purpose emergency vehicle will be accompanied by a 300 Series 4x4 Crew Cab fitted with an Allison 1000 series automatic transmission added in collaboration with Penske Power Systems.

The transmission will feature power and economy shift programming.

Daniel Petrovski, Hino Australia Manager Product Strategy said some customer applications required a true automatic transmission option.

“Showing the 300 Series 4x4 automatic at the AFAC in Perth gives the opportunity for our fire and rescue customers to see the quality of the local conversion first hand,” he said in a statement.

“We have sold a significant number of the 300 Series 4x4 into the WA market already, and there’s now a number of additional orders with the automatic conversion – we anticipate generating further interest at AFAC.”

As the only 7,500kg Gross Vehicle Mass 4x4 truck in Australia with Vehicle Stability Control, SRS airbags for driver and passenger, cruise control, 4-wheel-disc-brakes and reverse camera as standard features the Hino Series 4x4 is reportedly one of the safest Japanese light trucks on the market.

Available in single cab and crew cab configurations, the Hino 300 Series 4x4 is powered by a 165hp, 4-litre diesel engine with 464Nm of torque. It features a six-speed manual overdrive transmission and dual range 4x4 transfer case.

According to Hino, customers that are familiar with passenger vehicle automatic transmissions will feel at home in the Hino 300 Series 4x4 automatic where gear selection is effected via an automatic transmission gear position selector.

Activation of the of the truck’s exhaust brake will prompt a downshift programme maintaining high revs in the engine which will assist in producing increased retardation on and off road.

“Importantly, this local option is a true automatic transmission, meaning that the driver only needs to select the drive position and let the transmission carry out the gear selections and shifting no matter the terrain or transfer case range selected,” said Petrovski.

“We wanted to deliver a solution that made the right gear-selection decisions for the driver, leaving them to concentrate on safely traversing the terrain,” he said.

“Not having to give thought to the transmission operation once drive is selected is a factor that will further broaden the appeal of the truck.”

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