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Hino Motors, Ltd. (日野自動車株式会社, Hino Jidōsha), commonly known as simply Hino, is a Japanese manufacturer of commercial vehicles and diesel engines (including trucks, buses and other vehicles) headquartered in Hino-shi, Tokyo. The company has been the leading producer of medium and heavy-duty diesel trucks in Asia. Hino Motors is a constituent of the Nikkei 225 on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. It is a subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation and one of 16 major companies of the Toyota Group.
The company traces its roots back to the founding of Tokyo Gas Industry Company in 1910. In 1910 Chiyoda Gas Co. was established and competed fiercely against incumbent Tokyo Gas Company fighting for gas lighting users. Tokyo Gas Industry was a parts supplier for Chiyoda Gas but it was defeated and merged into Tokyo Gas in 1912. Losing its largest client, Tokyo Gas Industry Co. broadened their product line including electronic parts, and renamed itself as Tokyo Gas and Electric Industry(東京瓦斯電気工業), TG&E and was often abbreviated as Gasuden. It produced its first motor vehicle in 1917, the Model TGE "A-Type" truck. In 1937, TG&E merged its automobile division with that of Automobile Industry Co., Ltd. and Kyodo Kokusan K.K., to form Tokyo Automobile Industry Co., Ltd., with TG&E as a shareholder. Four years later, the company changed its name to Diesel Motor Industry Co., Ltd., which would eventually become Isuzu Motors Limited.
The following year (1942), the new entity of Hino Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. spun itself out from Diesel Motor Industry Co., Ltd., and the Hino name was born. Following the end of World War II, the company had to stop producing large diesel engines for marine applications, and with the signing of the treaty, the company dropped the "Heavy" from its name and formally concentrated on the heavy-duty trailer-trucks, buses and diesel engines markets, as Hino Industry Co., Ltd. The company took its name from the location of its headquarters in Hino (日野市 Hino-shi) city within Tokyo prefecture.
As the times changed, the Hino emblem also changed the way it beat its wings.
To sharpen its marketing focus to customers, in 1948, the company added the name "Diesel" to become Hino Diesel Industry Co., Ltd. In 1950 the heavy-duty TH10 was introduced, equipped with the all-new 7-liter DS10 diesel engine. An eight-tonner, this was considerably larger than existing Japanese trucks which had rarely been built for more than 6,000 kg (13,230 lb) payload.
In 1953, Hino entered the private car market, by manufacturing Renaults under licence, and in 1961 it started building its own Contessa 900 sedan with an 893cc rear-mounted engine, and a pickup truck called the Hino Briska with the Contessa engine slightly enlarged and installed in the front with rear wheel drive. The Italian stylist Giovanni Michelotti redesigned the Contessa line in 1964 with a 1300cc rear-mounted engine. Fed by two SU type carburettors, this developed 60 hp (44 kW) in the sedan and 70 hp (51 kW) in the coupé version. However, Hino ceased private car production very quickly in 1967 after joining the Toyota group.
Hino Trucks are also assembled in The Republic of Ireland by J Harris on the Naas/Nangor Roads. They have also been assembled in Portugal and in Canada
Hino Motors signed a 10-year assembly agreement with Kaiser-Illin Industries of Haifa, Israel, in 1963. Assembly of the Contessa 900 started in 1964. Later, Briska 900 and 1300 and the Contessa 1300 sedan were assembled in Haifa as well. During the years 1964-1965, Israel was Hino's second most important market for its Contessas. Israel exports amounted to ~10% of total Contessa production. After it was purchased by Toyota, the contract was terminated and the very last Israeli Contessas rolled off the assembly line in March 1968. In total, over 8,000 Hino Contessa and Briska were assembled in Israel.
Hino has been marketing trucks in Canada since the 1970s. Hino Motors Canada Ltd., is the exclusive distributor of Hino products in Canada, and is part of the Toyota Group of Companies, with head office in Mississauga, Ontario. In May 2006, Hino opened a new 12,300 m2 (132,000 sq ft) assembly plant in Woodstock, Ontario, employing 45 and with a capacity of 2,000 trucks per year. It began assembly of Class 4 and 5 trucks in 2006 and continued to do so until 2010. Since then, it has been building only Class 6 and 7 trucks.
In the United States, Hino Motors Manufacturing U.S.A., Inc. assembles medium-duty trucks at its Williamstown, West Virginia, plant. Its manufacturing facilites in Ontario, California, and Marion, Arkansas, produce axles, knuckles, and suspension components for Toyota's Tacoma, Tundra, and Sequoia models. Hino's Parts Distribution Center in Mira Loma, California, supplies Latin American and Caribbean distributors with genuine Hino service parts. The 18,000 m2 (194,000 sq ft) assembly plant in Williamstown, West Virginia, assembles Class 6-7 Hino trucks at an annual capacity of 10,000 units. The plant was opened in November 2007 and employs about 200. The plant in Long Beach, California, was closed in 2007 or 2008 and its production was transferred to the West Virginia facility at that time. Production in West Virginia began with Class 4-7 trucks but the Class 4-5 products were dropped after 2010 model year and the plant now focuses on Class 6-7 products.
In summer 2008, Hino Motors was said to be building a new truck assembly facility in Guanajuato, Mexico, serving international deliveries. The facility was reportedly built in an 80:20 partnership with Japanese trading firm Mitsui, opening in 2009 and with a production capacity for 1,200 of the Hino 500 series trucks per year
| Proven Hino technology means that your vehicle will perform reliably no matter how tough the haul. The solid, heavy-duty exterior is the shell for a powerful engine that pumps out up to 2157Nm of torque; while the Hino 700 engine itself is energy efficient. Reducing running costs through common rail diesel technology, while still delivering great fuel economy and lower carbon emissions.
Milestones prior to establishment
- Tokyo Gas Industry Co., Ltd. was established.
- Corporate name was changed to Tokyo Gas and Electric Industry Co., Ltd.
- Mass production of motor vehicles began in Japan.
- The Automobile Division of Tokyo Gas and Electric Industry Co., Ltd., Automobile Industry Co., Ltd. and Kyodo Kokusan K.K. were merged into Tokyo Automobile Industry Co., Ltd.
- Corporate name was changed to Diesel Motor Industry Co., Ltd.
Milestones after establishment
- Hino plant was separated from Diesel Motor Industry Co., Ltd. and renamed Hino Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. to produce military track-laying vehicles.
- Production of heavy-duty tractor and trailer cargo and coach and diesel engine began, in response to a shift in demand from the private sector.
Corporate name was changed to Hino Industry Co., Ltd.
- The Sales Department was separated and re-established as Hino Diesel Sales Co., Ltd. Corporate Name was changed to Hino Diesel Industry Co., Ltd.
- Hino was listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
- Production of heavy-duty diesel truck and bus began.
Japan' s first ever trolley bus was introduced.
- Technical collaboration with Renault (France) resulted in the production of the Renault, a passenger vehicle.
Hino-Renault Sales Co., Ltd. established.
Japan' s first under-floor engine bus was introduced.
- Hino Diesel Sales Co., Ltd. merged with Hino-Renault Sales Co., Ltd., and was renamed Hino Motor Sales, Ltd.
Hino Diesel Industry Co., Ltd. was renamed Hino Motors, Ltd.
- "HINO CONTESSA 900", a passenger vehicle, was introduced.
- Operations commenced at Hamura plant in Tokyo.
- "HINO RANGER KM", Japan' s first 3.5-ton medium-duty truck, was introduced.
- Hino Motors, Ltd. and Hino Motor Sales, Ltd. created a business alliance with Toyota Motor Co., Ltd. and Toyota Motor Sales Co., Ltd. (the latter two merged on July 1, 1982 to form Toyota Motor Corporation.)
- Small vehicle factory was completed in the Hamura plant for the production of the TOYOTA HILUX.
- Mizuho Delivery Center was established.
Hino received the Deming Award.
- Japan's first body-framed touring coach was introduced.
- Operations commenced at Nitta plant in Gunma.
The redesigned “KAZE-NO-RANGER SERIES” medium-duty truck was launched.
- Iruma Delivery Center was established.
The redesigned “SUPER DOLPHIN SERIES” heavy-duty truck was launched.
- Operations commenced at Gozenyama Proving Grounds in Ibaraki.
- Iruma Dispatch Center was relocated. Hidaka Delivery Center was established.
- Domestic sales of "RANGER series" reached 500,000 units.
- The redesigned "S'ELEGA” touring couch was launched.
- The world's first diesel-electric hybrid system “Hybrid Inverter-controlled Motor & Retarder (HIMR)” powered bus was announced.
Hino participated for the first time in the truck category at the Paris-Dakar Rally.
- The redesigned “SUPER DOLPHIN PROFIA SERIES” heavy-duty truck was launched.
- New symbol mark and logotype were adopted, symbolizing “Hino Motors' Vision for the 21st Century”. Hino' s corporate identity was promoted.
- The redesigned “LIESSE SERIES” light-duty bus was launched.
- Hino Motors 21st Century Center was established.
- Hino Auto Plaza was established.
- Hamura plant obtained ISO 14001 certification for environmental management systems.
New “DUTRO” light-duty truck was introduced, jointly developed with Toyota Motor Corporation.
Hino Motors, Ltd. and Hino Motor Sales, Ltd. merged into Hino Motors, Ltd.
- Nitta plant obtained ISO 14001 certification.
- Head office and Hino plant obtained ISO 14001 certification.
Hino became a subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation through private pacement.
- Cooperative agreement reached between Hino and Scania, a Swedish heavy-duty truck and bus manufacturer.
- Hino attained top position in domestic heavy and medium duty truck sales for the 30th consecutive year (FY2002). *
The light duty hybrid truck was launched, conforming to new stricter regulations on exhaust emissions,
- Low emission high-mileage HINO RANGER Hybrid was introduced.
- Non-step large-sized hybrid route-bus HINO BLUE RIBBON CITY Hybrid was introduced.
“HINO RANGER” medium-duty truck was launched, to meet new long-term emission regulation.
The redesigned “HINO S'ELEGA” was launched, to meet new long-term emission regulation.
“HINO PROFIA” heavy-duty truck was launched, to meet new long-term emission regulation.
- Hino Motors Sales Canada, Ltd. began assembling trucks and changed its name to Hino Motors Canada, Ltd.
Cumulative commissioned production of Toyota-brand vehicles reached 10 million units.
Australia’s first light-duty hybrid truck was introduced.
- Annual overseas unit sales exceeded domestic unit sales for the first time.
Guangqi Hino Motors Co., Ltd. was established in China.
Cumulative exports reached one million units.
- Hino Motors Manufacturing Colombia, S.A. began assembling trucks.
Hino Motors Sales, LLC was established in Russia.
Hino Motors Sales India Private Ltd. was established in India.
Low emission high-mileage HINO S'ELEGA Hybrid was launched.
- PT. Hino Motors Manufacturing Indonesia began the additional production of light-duty trucks (HINO 300 Series and TOYOTA Dyna) in Indonesia.
Hino Motors Manufacturing Mexico, S.A. DE C.V. began assembling trucks.
The cumulative number of driving seminar participants at the Customer Technical Center exceeded 20,000
A joint venture company, GAC Hino Motors Co., Ltd. began assembling trucks in China.
The cumulative production of Hino trucks and buses reached three million units.
- Toyota and Hino provided fuel-cell bus for Tokyo airport routes.
Hong Kong's first light-duty hybrid truck was introduced.
Hybrid transit bus with FTD-and-biodiesel fuel mix was examined.
Hino Motors Manufacturing (Thailand) Ltd. began assembling engines.
Hino Sales Support, ltd. was established to optimize sales network in Japan.
- New light-duty truck HINO300 Series was launched.
- Operations began at Koga knock down factory.
Hino Poncho electric bus entered pilot service.
- Light-duty Electric Vehicle truck entered pilot service.
The cumulative sales of hybrid trucks and buses reached ten thousand units.