COMMITTED to its mantra of Total Support, Hino Motors Philippines launched last June 24, the newest addition to its 500 series medium truck line, the Hino FL 10-wheeler.
“With this new Hino truck, we aim to partner with more businesses and establishments and support more Filipinos in this time of need. We assure our customers of the Hino promise of reducing total running cost and downtime and maximizing lifetime value through the excellent quality of our aftersales services,” HMP Chairman Vicente T. Mills, Jr. said.
According to Mills, this new vehicle sets a new standard for medium-duty trucks with its improved safety and comfort, superior reliability and optimum fuel economy and is ready to cater to the various trucking and logistics needs of Filipinos nationwide.
During his presentation to the local motoring media, as well as Hino dealers and principals nationwide, HMP President Mitsuharu Tabata further highlighted the new 10-wheeler truck’s significance to Hino’s decades-long mission.
“Every part of the new truck unit is engineered to deliver powerful performance. Like its predecessors, the truck bears the premium Japanese quality Hino is globally known for. This new truck embodies Hino’s mission of making the world a better place by helping people and goods get where they need to go – safely, economically and environmentally responsible,” Mitsuharu shared.
Also known as the FL8J the new Hino has a load capacity of up to 20 tons (18,620 kg) and a total gross vehicle weight of 26,000 kg. It is powered by the 7-liter Hino J08E, a six-cylinder and Euro 4-compliant diesel engine. This engine is well known for its ruggedness and reliability, sharing its major technologies with the A09 series—the engine modified and used in Hino’s Dakar racing trucks. The J08E delivers increased output, greater cooling, improved fuel efficiency and lower carbon emission.
A nine-speed manual transmission system can bring the truck up to a maximum speed 108kph at 2,600rpm maximum engine speed. It can climb with its 40.4 percent gradeability at full load. Suspension features semi-elliptical leaf springs on both the front and the rear side.
Highlighting Hino’s emphasis on safety, the all-new Hino FL truck is equipped with full-air dual circuit brakes with anti-lock braking system (ABS), featuring leading and trailing shoe brake system with auto brake shoe adjuster and air operated spring brake to assist during parking.
Using Hino’s Easy Start (ES) technology, the driver can safe maneuver the vehicle during steep inclines by actuating the brakes. This prevents the truck from rolling backward and havin movements. The ES technology simultaneously allows the driver to reduce fatigue by resting their feet off the brake pedals and automatically releasing the brakes once the clutch is engaged. This feature, which operates in both forward and reverse gears, optimizes the truck’s overall performance by minimizing maintenance costs through reduced stress placed on the brakes and clutch while boosting driver comfort and safety.
Driver comfort is enhanced with the easy-to-adjust seat suspension system. Ergonomically designed to secure a smooth and safe ride for the driver it also prevents back injuries and driver fatigue. The truck’s air conditioning system is standard as is power windows and doors.
It is priced at P3.775M for a 32ft. body. Customers may request a quotation online through Hino’s official Facebook page or website.
“We at Hino will always be a committed and solid business partner that continuously innovates and adapts to the changing needs of our customers. We expand our product portfolio and broaden our trucking solutions to provide our customers with the right Hino truck that meets their business needs,” Mills concluded during the truck’s Facebook livestream launch truck, which was also the company’s first virtual vehicle unveiling in the Philippines.