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Hino's Milestones

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.
Blue Ribon Bus
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 under-floor engine bus was introduced.
Renault
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", a passenger vehicle, was introduced.
Hino CONTESSA 1300 Coupe
1963
Operations commenced at Hamura plant in Tokyo.
1964
"HINO RANGER KM", Japan' s first 3.5-ton medium-duty truck, was introduced.
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.
Ranger KL
1971
Mizuho Delivery Center was established.
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
Iruma Delivery Center was established.
The redesigned “SUPER DOLPHIN SERIES” heavy-duty truck was launched.
1985
Operations commenced at Gozenyama Proving Grounds in Ibaraki.
1986
Iruma Dispatch Center was relocated. 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.
1992
The redesigned “SUPER DOLPHIN PROFIA SERIES” heavy-duty truck was launched.
1994
New symbol mark and logotype were adopted, symbolizing “Hino Motors' Vision for the 21st Century”. Hino' s corporate identity was promoted.
1995
The redesigned “LIESSE SERIES” light-duty bus was launched.
1996
Hino Motors 21st Century Center was established.
1997
Hino Auto Plaza was established.
SUPER DOLPHIN PROFIA
1999
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.
DUTRO
2000
Nitta plant obtained ISO 14001 certification.
2001
Head office and Hino plant obtained ISO 14001 certification.
Hino became a subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation through private pacement.
RANGER PRO
2002
Cooperative agreement reached between Hino and Scania, a Swedish heavy-duty truck and bus manufacturer.
2003
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.
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.
HINO SELEGA
2006
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.
2007
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.
2008
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.
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.
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.
2010
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.
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 hybrid trucks and buses reached ten thousand units.

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