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History of HINO
Hino’s Timeline

Milestones prior to establishment

1910
Tokyo Gas Industry Co., Ltd. was established.
1913
Corporate name was changed to Tokyo Gas and Electric Industry Co., Ltd.
1918
Mass production of motor vehicles began in Japan.
1937
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.
1941
Corporate name was changed to Diesel Motor Industry Co., Ltd.
TGE truck

Milestones after establishment

1942
Hino plant was separated from Diesel Motor Industry Co., Ltd. and renamed Hino Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. to produce military track-laying vehicles.
1946
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.
T trailerTH truck
1948
The Sales Department was separated and re-established as Hino Diesel Sales Co., Ltd. Corporate Name was changed to Hino Diesel Industry Co., Ltd.
1949
Hino was listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
1950
Production of heavy-duty diesel truck and bus began.
Japan' s first ever trolley bus was introduced.
1953
Technical collaboration with Renault (France) resulted in the production of the Renault, a passenger vehicle.
Hino-Renault Sales Co., Ltd. established.
Japan' s first center under-floor engine bus was introduced.
RenaultBlue Ribon Bus
1959
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.
1961
"HINO CONTESSA 900", an in-house developed passenger vehicle, was introduced.
Hino CONTESSA 900
1962
First overseas sale company was established in Thailand. (now Hino Motors Sales (Thailand) Ltd.)
1963
Operations commenced at Hamura plant in Tokyo.
1964
"HINO RANGER KM", Japan' s first 3.5-ton medium-duty truck, was introduced.
First overseas production company was established in Thailand. (now Hino Motors Manufacturing (Thailand) Ltd.)
Ranger KM
1966
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.)
1968
Small vehicle factory was completed in the Hamura plant for the production of the TOYOTA HILUX.
1971
Hino received the Deming Award.
1977
Japan's first body-framed touring coach was introduced.
RS touring coach
1980
Operations commenced at Nitta plant in Gunma.
The redesigned “KAZE-NO-RANGER SERIES” medium-duty truck was launched.
1981
The redesigned “SUPER DOLPHIN SERIES” heavy-duty truck was launched.
Super Dolphin
1985
Operations commenced at Gozenyama Proving Grounds in Ibaraki.
1986
Hidaka Delivery Center was established.
1988
Domestic sales of "RANGER series" reached 500,000 units.
1990
The redesigned "S'ELEGA” touring couch was launched.
1991
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.
HIMR
1992
The redesigned “SUPER DOLPHIN PROFIA SERIES” heavy-duty truck was launched.
1994
New symbol mark and logotype were adopted.
1995
The redesigned “LIESSE SERIES” light-duty bus was launched.
1996
Hino Motors 21st Century Center was established.(Hino Auto Plaza opened at the center in 1997.)
1999
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.
DUTRO
2001
Hino became a subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation through private pacement.
RANGER PRO
2003
The light duty hybrid truck was launched, conforming to new stricter regulations on exhaust emissions, effective as of 2005.
DUTRO HYBRID
2004
Low emission high-mileage HINO RANGER Hybrid was introduced.
HINO RANGER
2005
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.
Customer Technical Center was established at Hamura plant.
HINO Blue Ribbon City Hybrid HINO SELEGA
2006
Hino Motors Sales Canada, Ltd. began assembling trucks and changed its name to Hino Motors Canada, Ltd.
Australia’s first light-duty hybrid truck was introduced.
2007
Annual overseas unit sales exceeded domestic unit sales for the first time.
Cumulative exports reached one million units.
Operations commenced at West Virginia plant in USA. (Hino Motors Manufacturing U.S.A. Inc.)
2008
Hino Motors Manufacturing Colombia, S.A. began assembling trucks.
Hino Motors Sales, LLC was established in Russia.
Low emission high-mileage HINO S'ELEGA Hybrid was launched.
2009
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.
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.
2010
Toyota and Hino provided fuel-cell bus for Tokyo airport routes.
Hong Kong's first light-duty hybrid truck was introduced.
2011
New light-duty truck HINO300 Series was launched.
light-duty truck HINO300 Series
2012
Operations began at Koga knock down factory.
Hino Poncho electric bus entered pilot service.
2013
Light-duty Electric Vehicle truck entered pilot service.
The cumulative sales of HINO hybrid trucks and buses reached ten thousand units.
Hino attained top position in heavy and medium duty truck sales in Japan for the 40th consecutive year (FY2012).
2014
The cumulative number of driving seminar participants at the Customer Technical Center exceeded 50,000.

*Japanese Fiscal Year runs from April 1 to March 31.