Browsing Archive January, 2017

Hino 300 Series back in the game

This is probably the best performing, most efficient and most comfortable truck in the light duty class for Malaysia and the region.

The 300 Series offers a class-leading combination of power and torque, improved fuel efficiency, an impressive suite of safety features.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHino’s N04C turbo-diesel engine offers a class-leading combination of power and torque. The 4.0-litre engine is equipped with a common-rail fuel injection system and Variable Nozzle Turbo (VNT) technology to achieve lower emissions and uncompromised power and fuel efficiency.


Meeting both strict Euro3 and emissions standards, the new model’s gains in power, torque and fuel efficiency have been achieved through careful attention to engine design, turbocharger pressures and the high-pressure (common-rail) electronic fuel injection.


The engine features a cooled exhaust-gas recirculation system and closed crankcase ventilation. Injection pressures have been increased and a new intercooler adopted.


Cabin entry and exit on the new 300 Series has been improved with larger, class-leading door apertures, wider opening doors, larger steps, increased foot and leg space, and even a collapsible gearshift lever to allow the driver to slide more easily across to the passenger side if required.


Driver comfort has been maximised by adopting a tilt and telescopic-adjustable steering column, and providing a greater range of seat adjustment to allow drivers of all heights to better tailor the seat position to their needs.



The Hino 300 Series cabin has been equipped with clear-to-read instruments and easy-to-reach controls and switchgear, providing passenger car levels of drivability and safety.

hino300_4All Hino trucks are ergonomically designed to provide a functional cabin, with fingertip controls and column stalks positioned so that the driver has no need to take their hands off the wheel at any time.

2011 Hino 300 Series wide body interior

All 300 Series variants are equipped with class-leading instruments, which can be read from all angles and in all lighting conditions. Every model is equipped with a tachometer, speedometer, and full suite of warning gauges and lights. The dash features blank DIN mounting slots (for additional radio equipment) and there are a number of switch mounting holes to cater for accessories that may be added.

All models have factory-fitted Denso air conditioning, remote central locking with an integrated engine immobiliser, and power-operated windows and mirrors. Crew Cabin models feature an auxiliary rear air conditioner unit – the only light truck with these combined features.



New Hino 300 Series wide cab models are fitted with an ergonomically designed fully-adjustable driver’s seat for maximum comfort.

The seat runners are positioned on an incline to better cater for short and taller drivers (a first for any light-duty truck), placing the seat in a better relative position to the trucks pedals.

All wide cabin models have a driver’s suspension seat with torsion-bar suspension and magnetic dampening with lumbar support, further improving driver comfort, but also reducing fatigue.

New Hino 300 series - 240mm inclined seat slide rails

Hino’s seat design provides maximum driver comfort for all road conditions; from smooth roads through to heavily corrugated surfaces.

2011 Hino 300 Series Hybrid diesel engine


Gas-powered vehicles can deliver greenhouse gas savings in trials

Dedicated gas commercial vehicles have potential to deliver significant greenhouse gas (GHG) savings when a non-fossil, renewable or synthetic methane blend is used.

That’s according to a study for the Department for Transport (DfT) by the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP).

The work – Emissions Testing of Gas-Powered Commercial Vehicles – published by the DfT and supported by members of the LowCVP’s newly-formed Commercial Vehicle Working Group, recommends that the Government should continue to support the development of gas vehicle infrastructure and gas-powered vehicles, particularly dedicated gas, while increasing the supply of low carbon/renewable methane as a sustainable transport fuel in order to realize these benefits.

The primary opportunity identified in the earlier (2012) Low Carbon HGV Barriers and Opportunities report (by Ricardo, commissioned by the LowCVP) was to increase the use of methane and, ultimately, biomethane, as a road fuel for heavy goods vehicle operation.

LowCVP’s managing director Andy Eastlake said: “This work shows that powering heavy vehicles with natural gas – and, particularly, biomethane – does have the potential to make a significant contribution to cutting emissions from this hard-to-tackle sector of road transport.”

The LowCVP was commissioned in 2016 to conduct a testing programme on the latest methane trucks to identify the performance of Euro VI vehicles and identify the greenhouse gas impacts, highlighting any areas for further development.

Some key findings of the LowCVP report are:

  • The Euro VI dedicated gas vehicles tested through this programme exhibit very low levels of methane slip, typically adding less than 0.5% to the overall greenhouse gas (GHG) impacts of those vehicles compared with the CO2-only case.
  • The only after-market dual-fuel system tested, converting a Euro VI diesel truck to diesel and natural gas operation, exhibited high levels of methane slip (sufficient to increase GHG emissions by c20%).
  • The after-market dual fuel (diesel/CNG) conversion of a Euro V vehicle exhibited high levels of methane slip (sufficient to increase GHG emissions by c20-30%).
  • The research has not yet been able to disprove the hypothesis that Euro VI diesel trucks typically emit quite high levels of nitrous oxide (N2O). Further evidence is needed to quantify this.
  • Euro VI dedicated gas vehicles emit lower levels of NOx emissions than the already low levels exhibited by their diesel counterparts. The same is true if only NO2 emissions are considered. Emissions of carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons, however, were typically higher.
  • Stakeholders have indicated that effective catalysis of methane is possible, as is more effective in-cylinder methane combustion.

Two current Innovate UK/OLEV-funded projects are developing new retrofit dual-fuel systems, finishing in 2019.

At least one OEM is developing its own dual fuel (diesel-methane) system, with availability anticipated towards the end of 2017.


Hino Expects Steady Growth in Australia This Year


Confidence in the Hino dealership network has been boosted by multi-million dollar investments, spearheaded by FRM Hino in Tasmania and Newcastle Commercial Vehicles (NCV) in northern New South Wales.

Hino Australia General Manager of Brand and Franchise Development, Bill Gillespie, said the investment being made by the Hino dealer network is a clear sign of confidence in the brand.

“We’ve supported our dealer network by providing strategic business plans and rolling out new initiatives to improve the Hino customer experience,” Mr Gillespie said.

“The investment made by the whole dealer network shows strong confidence in the growth of the Hino brand nationwide.

“The network expansion is also a result of the growth of parts and service demands, demonstrating the effectiveness of our customer-focused Hino Advantage suite of business benefits,” he said.

The proposed new NCV Hino dealership in Coffs Harbour and upgraded FRM Hino facility in Launceston are strategically placed in high-growth areas to respond to an increasing need for commercial vehicle sales and service.

NCV Hino have committed to an easy-to-access 4300 square metre location just off the Pacific Highway, adjacent to Coffs Harbour Airport.

NCV Hino General Manager Andrew Newell said the new purpose-built Coffs Harbour dealership will improve the availability of Hino vehicles, parts and service on the north coast of NSW.

“This location is a huge opportunity to support light and medium truck businesses. The industry is exceptionally diverse in Coffs Harbour,” Mr Newell said.

“The new facility will be dedicated to reducing downtime for drivers and businesses, with an eight bay workshop and a 24-hour on-call service team at hand.

“A vast storage area in our warehouse also allows us to ensure we have a readily available catalogue of parts at all times,” he said.

FRM Hino Managing Director David Mills said the decision to expand the location of its head office site comes after significant investment in the Devonport branch.

“Since relocating to our new Devonport branch a year ago we have noticed a strong increase in business and all of our departments have been thriving,” Mr Mills said.

“Revenue is up thanks to an increase in returned service customers, and we anticipate this will also be the trend for the upgraded Launceston branch. Plans are underway for similar renovations at our FRM Hino Hobart branch.

“The new facility will enable us to support customers with the same high level of quality, and at a much higher volume. We must live up to our reputation,” he said.

The combined investment in these two dealerships totals approximately $5 million, and further investments in other parts of the dealership network are expected to help the total figure get close to $45 million by the end of 2017.

FRM Hino expects the upgraded Launceston branch to be open in mid-January 2017, while NCV anticipates its Coffs Harbour dealership will open in the second quarter of the year.


Volkswagen truck business on the high in 2016

Scania and MAN rounded off a healthy sales year with strong results in the global truck sales race in December 2016.

Data provided by parent company, Volkswagen Group, shows Scania sales in the month increased by 17.8% on the brands December 2015 result with 7,600 deliveries. Over at MAN, 10,700 sales were recorded, 9.7% up on the last month of 2015.

Across all of 2016, Scania sales increased to 80,800 units – 5.5% more than 2015, while MAN sales receded by 0.2% to 102,200.

MAN bus


Michelin X MultiWay 3D XZE tires for truckers

The X MultiWay 3D series is the latest generation of Michelin’s regional tyre range and offers both fuel efficiency and mileage performance. The company’s X Multi T tyres – a range designed to offer improved longevity – are fitted to the company’s 39 predominantly Fruehauf bulk tipper trailers and its 33-strong curtainside trailer hire fleet. BMD Transport is further driving down its operating costs by regrooving as many tyres as possible, extending tyre life by up to 25%, by taking advantage of the additional layers of base rubber built into all new Michelin truck tyres.



Tata Motors delivers 21 CNG Powered ‘Tata Magic’ Trucks in India


Tata Motors has delivered 21 CNG-powered ‘Tata Magic’ passenger vehicles in Indore, under Chalak Parichalak Yojna under Mukhyamantri Yuva Swarojgar Yojna (MMYSY) of Madhya Pradesh.

The corporation has initiated issuing fresh permits for CNG-based vehicles for better connectivity. These vehicles are funded under Chalak Parichalak Yojna under MMYSY of Madhya Pradesh, facilitating economical and safe Public Transportation to Common residents and newly included villages adjoining Indore city. The vehicles and permits were delivered by Ms. Archana Mishra, ARTO and Mr K V Raghavendra, to the first set of 21 customers today.

Mukhyamantri Yuva Swarozgar Yojana (MMYSY), started on 1st August 2014, is a financial assistance scheme to help people get loans from banks to setup their own small business.

Tata Magic is a small passenger commercial vehicle designed to offer a comfortable, safe, economical travel, for last mile public transportation to the urban and rural areas, in a segment dominated by three-wheel passenger carriers. Introduced in June 2007 as the country’s first small commercial four-wheeler the Tata Magic has earned appreciations from various government stakeholders – district authorities’ / transport authorities, including the Ministry of Urban Development, with the idea of replacing old three wheelers and uplift the face of last mile public transport in urban & rural markets in India. The Magic family has been constantly evolving, strategically identifying and filling gaps in the market ahead of its time.


Swedish Town of Värnamo Goes Green with Volvo Electric Hybrid Buses


Volvo Buses has received an order for four Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid buses from the city of Värnamo in southern Sweden. With this move, all public transport in this city of just over 19,000 people will be with electrified buses as of autumn 2017, making Värnamo unique among all Swedish cities.

“It’s impressive and really gratifying that Värnamo has now decided to lead the way and create a sustainable public transport system based on our hybrid buses. Electrically powered buses are the future for both large cities and small towns,” says Martin Spjern, Key Account Manager Nordic at Volvo Buses.

Electrification of Värnamo’s bus services will contribute to more appealing public transport and a better urban environment, with less noise and better air quality. At the same time, the buses will operate more frequently and accessibility will improve, not least with construction of an all-new bus lane. The aim is to quadruple the number of journeys by public transport over a three-year period.

“With this move we are taking yet another step in the construction of tomorrow’s attractive city, with our sights firmly set on developing as a human-centric growth municipality with a population of 40,000 by 2035,” says Behnam Sharo, Värnamo city architect.

“We are very pleased about the investment, it shows the possibilities to be at the forefront when it comes to new technology, even though you are situated outside Sweden’s three largest cities,” says Rune Backlund, region politician.

Turnkey solution for quiet and climate-smart operation
The Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid operates quietly on electricity and without any exhaust gases for about 70 per cent of its route. Charging the batteries at the charging station takes three to four minutes with the help of a system known as opportunity charging. Compared with a corresponding diesel-powered bus, the electric hybrid uses about 60 per cent less energy all told. The buses operating in Värnamo will run on renewable electricity and renewable HVO fuel, cutting carbon dioxide emissions by 90 per cent.

The four electric hybrid buses and their ABB charging station will be delivered as a turnkey solution, with Volvo assuming responsibility for maintenance of the buses and their batteries at a fixed monthly cost.

The programme to electrify Värnamo’s public transport is a joint effort by Värnamo municipality and county transport provider Jönköpings länstrafik. Traffic operations will be handled by Nettbuss.

Volvo’s electric hybrids and electric buses are already in service in cities such as Gothenburg, Stockholm, Hamburg, Luxemburg and Curitiba.

Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid
• Powered by electricity for about 70 % of the route.
• Quiet and emission-free during electric propulsion.
• 60 % lower energy consumption compared with corresponding diesel bus.
• 75–90 % lower carbon dioxide emissions1, depending on type of fuel.
• Equipped with electric motor, batteries and a small diesel engine.
• The batteries are rapid-charged in about 3-4 minutes.

1) Estimated figure on a 10 km urban route compared with a Euro 6 diesel bus.

ABB OppCharge (Opportunity Charging) station
• Open interface between charging station and vehicle.
• Charging output 150 or 450 kW.
• Pantograph attached to the charging pylon makes it possible to fit a cost-effective, lightweight solution on the bus roof.
• Conductive charging via pantograph, with communication between bus and charging station via WiFi.


DAF Rolls Out 5,000th Truck produced in Taiwan


DAF Trucks is experiencing impressive growth in Taiwan. The 5,000th truck has rolled off the assembly line less than ten years after it opened in Dadu. With a market share of almost 30% in the 12 ton+ segment, in Taiwan DAF is the undisputed market leader among non-Asian truck brands.

Every week, DAF Trucks ships components for the popular LF, CF and XF105 series from its factories in Eindhoven and Leyland to Taiwan, where its partner, the Formosa Plastics Group, assembles around four trucks per day. All the vehicles are powered by highly reliable and economical Euro 5 PACCAR engines. Two years ago, the ultramodern assembly line in Dadu was expanded significantly to meet the growing demand for DAF trucks in Taiwan.

“The quality of the DAF trucks assembled in Taiwan is at the same high level as the trucks that come off the production lines in the Netherlands and the UK”, says Geert van Genugten, who is responsible for sales into south-east Asia at DAF Trucks. “The 5.000th Taiwanese DAF truck is a CF 85.410 tractor unit which will be used to transport raw materials for the paper industry.”

“Costs per kilometre set the industry standard”

The unmatched quality, combined with low fuel consumption is valued highly by the Taiwanese transport operators. “The excellent reliability and low costs per kilometre of the DAF trucks set the standard in the industry”, is how Wilfred Wang, President & Director of Formosa Plastics Group, explains DAF’s success in Taiwan. “In addition, a tight network of DAF dealers has developed in a short time on the island, offering top-quality service and parts supply.”

Richard Zink, Director Marketing & Sales at DAF Trucks has seen how the Taiwanese truck market has taken DAF to its heart: “We are truly proud of our partnership with the Formosa Plastics Group. Together, we are building fantastic trucks that exceed the customer’s expectations. More and more renowned Taiwanese transport companies are choosing DAF. Just like in the rest of the world, they are consciously opting for our DNA: unprecedented quality, low total cost of ownership, highest uptime and industry-leading comfort for the driver.”




For the third time, the MKR Adventure team, led by Mario Kress, is tackling the extreme roads of the Dakar Rally behind the wheel of Renault trucks vehicles. After the first stages, the Renault Trucks K 520, driven by Pascal de Baar, occupies the fifth position in the overall ranking.

After the sixth place clinched in 2016, MKR Adventure has once again risen to the challenge of taking part in the Dakar Rally, a competition that tests vehicles in extreme conditions. Three Renault Trucks vehicles have engaged in the race: a Renault Trucks Sherpa CBH 385 driven by Martin Van Den Brink (no. 506, Mammoet Rallysport team), a K 520 driven by Gert Huzink (no. 524, Riwald team) and a K 520 driven by Pascal de Baar (no. 510, Mammoet Rallysport team). After the first stages, the Renault Trucks K 520, driven by Pascal de Baar, occupies the fifth position in the overall ranking.


As an MKR partner since 2010, Renault Trucks provides support for its off-road and rally raid activities; MKR Adventure are experts on extremely difficult terrain. During the Dakar, the vehicles are put to severe test, with sections of the race at an altitude of up to 4700 m above sea level. “At high altitude, our engine develops less torque and power. In thinner air, it is more difficult to rev up the engine,” explained Mario Kress, describing the 336 km “special stage” on the border between Bolivia and Argentina. Through this partnership, the teams of Renault Trucks and MKR mutually enhance their technical and technological know-how, in particular of engines and the transmission system of trucks.


Scania Takes Lead with Full-scale Autonomous Truck Platoon


Scania will design the world’s first full-scale autonomous truck platooning operations, based on its own advanced technology. The platoon will traffic public roads while transporting containers between port terminals in Singapore. The aim is to organise convoys of four trucks – with the following three trucks behind the lead truck autonomously driven, as well as to fully automate the processes for precise docking and undocking ofcargo.

“Autonomous vehicles and platooning are cornerstones of future sustainable transport systems,” says Claes Erixon, Head of Research and Development at Scania. “This is a great opportunity to demonstrate our leadership and technology in this new exciting area. We are pioneering in this field, which has the potential not only to save lives in traffic, but also to significantly decrease the environmental impact of transport.”

The multi-year project is organised by the Ministry of Transport and the Port of Singapore Authority (PSA Corporation). Toyota is also participating in this project.

The Government of Singapore is in the forefront of new autonomous vehicle technology.

Singapore has tested autonomous cars, taxis, utility vehicles and buses, and is now adding trials of truck platooning concepts. Truck platoons have already shown the potential to achieve major fuel savings as well as contribute to increased road safety.

“Trucking as we know it today is a highly labour-intensive industry. We face a shortage of truck drivers. In this regard, truck platooning technology presents us with an opportunity to boost productivity in both the port sector and the trucking industry. It will also open up opportunities for truck drivers to take on higher-skilled roles as fleet operators and managers”, says Mr Pang Kin Keong, Permanent Secretary for Transport and Chairman of the Committee on Autonomous Road Transport in Singapore (CARTS).

With the vehicle population in Singapore approaching one million, the Initiative seeks to address the increasing travel demand and land constraints; 12 percent of Singapore’s total land is used for road and land transport infrastructure. Additionally, it faces a shortage of drivers.

It has therefore established Singapore as a “living laboratory” for new vehicle concepts that will increase productivity, road safety, optimise road capacity and enable new mobility concepts.

“Scania is well advanced in cutting edge autonomous technology as well as in platooning. Singapore has launched several autonomous vehicle initiatives and together we will now demonstrate how we can substantially enhance productivity in the Port of Singapore,” says Mark Cameron, Country Manager, Scania Singapore.

The truck platooning trials will take place in two phases. The first phase will focus on designing, testing and refining the truck platooning technology to adapt to local conditions. These will be conducted by Scania and Toyota at their respective research centres in Sweden and Japan, to leverage their existing development work. The second phase will consist of local trials and development of the technology in Singapore.

Scania has recently been engaged as the lead partner in the EUR 5.4 million European research project Companion, which has developed systems for implementing truck platooning technology on roads. Scania is currently working on enhancing wireless communication between heavy vehicles, which will allow the distances between vehicles to be safely reduced, reducing drag and lowering fuel consumption. To this end, Scania has teamed up with Ericsson, a world leader in communications technology, which will contribute its expertise in 5G technology as well as in software and services, to enable new forms of mobility.