- History of HINO
- Hino’s Timeline
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, effective as of 2005.
- 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.
*Japanese Fiscal Year runs from April 1 to March 31.