Hino wins the third consecutive "Under 10-liter" championship in the Dakar Rally 2012
Hino Motors, Ltd. (Hino) competed in the Argentina-Chile-Peru Dakar Rally 2012 that was held from January 1 to 15, 2012 (local time). Hino won the third consecutive championship in the “Under 10-liter” category, and also achieved 21*1 finishes in as many years, setting a new record for the number of consecutive finishes.
Hino entered this rally for the first time in 1991 - the first Japanese truck manufacturer to do so - and in 1994 and 1995, came 2nd place overall in the Trucks category. In 1997, Hino entered three trucks and became the first in the history of this rally to achieve a 1-2-3 clean sweep in this category. In subsequent years, Hino has won three 2nd place titles in the Trucks category as well as eleven championships in the Under 10-liter category over the twelve races since the category was first introduced in 1996, making it a force to be reckoned with in the truck division.
Continuing from last year, Hino has teamed up with Team Sugawara - headed by Yoshimasa Sugawara who holds the record for the most consecutive entries in the Dakar Rally at 30*2 entries, and his son Teruhito Sugawara - and took part in this rally as the HINO TEAM SUGAWARA. Hino dispatched four mechanics that were chosen from Hino distributors to meet the challenges of this rally and reflecting the concerted effort of the entire Hino group.
As a result, amidst the 76 entries in the Trucks category - many of which were either specially developed for racing or so-called monster trucks that boasted nearly twice the engine displacement of the HINO 500 Series - Teruhito Sugawara won the championship in the Under 10-liter category, and 9th place in the Trucks category overall. Yoshimasa Sugawara won 3rd and 24th places in these respective categories.
Hino is committed to continuing to deliver products and services that meet our customers' needs by leveraging the fighting spirit and technological capabilities which have been accumulated over the two decades since first entering the rally.
*1 21 consecutive finishes since our first entry in 1991, excepting 2008 when the rally was canceled due to political unrest.
*2 It has been recognized as an entry in 2008 by the organizer.
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(Reference Material) Hino in the Dakar Rally
Hino participated in the Dakar Rally for the first time in 1991, as the first entrant from among all the Japanese truck manufacturers. Its truck achieved 2nd position in the overall Truck Division in 1994 and 1995. In 1997, after undergoing reinforcement to aim at an overall victory, Hino became the first to dominate the top three positions in the overall Truck Division, an unprecedented finish in Dakar Rally history.
The team has continuously participated in the rally as one of the top teams in its division; for example, it has come in 2nd position in the overall Truck Division 3 times. Moreover, it achieved 7 victories in the under 10-liters category between 1996 and 2002, since this class was established. This class was abolished in 2003, 2004, and 2006. Hino won victories in 2005, 2007, 2010 and 2011 rally.
|No. of Entries||Rally Year||Route||Total Distance(km)||Vehicle||Result of Truck Division (under 10-liter class)|
|21||2012||Buenos Aires - Copiapó - Lima||8,333*||Hino 500 series||Car 2: 9th (Winner)
Car 1: 24th (3rd)
|20||2011||Buenos Aires - Alica - Buenos Aires||9,458||Car 2: 9th (Winner)
Car 1: 13th (2nd)
|19||2010||Buenos Aires - Antofagasta - Buenos Aires||9,026||Car 2: 7th (Winner)
Car 1: Sidelined due to regulations
|18||2009||Buenos Aires - Valparaiso - Buenos Aires||9,579||14th (2nd), 26th|
|17||2007||Lisbon - Dakar||7,915||Hino 500 series||9th (Winner), 13th|
|16||2006||Lisbon - Dakar||9,043||5th, 7th (n.a.)|
|15||2005||Barcelona - Dakar||8,956||2nd (Winner), 6th|
|14||2004||Clermont-Ferrand - Dakar||10,411||5th (n.a.)|
|13||2003||Marseille - Sharm El Sheikh||8,602||5th (n.a.)|
|12||2002||Arras - Madrid - Dakar||9,440||3rd (Winner)
7th consecutive victory in this class
|11||2001||Paris - Dakar||10,873||2nd (Winner)|
|10||2000||Paris - Dakar - Cairo||7,880||5th (Winner)|
|9||1999||Granada - Dakar||9,441||4th (Winner)|
|8||1998||Paris - Granada - Dakar||10,570||2nd (Winner)|
|7||1997||Dakar - Agades - Dakar||8,051||Winner (Winner), 2nd (2nd), 3rd (3rd)
First dominant victory recorded in the Truck Division
|6||1996||Granada - Dakar||7,579||6th (Winner), 11th (2nd)|
|5||1995||Granada - Dakar||10,067||2nd (n.a.)|
|4||1994||Paris - Dakar||13,398||2nd (n.a.)|
|3||1993||Paris - Dakar||8,877||6th (n.a.)|
|2||1992||Paris - Sirte - Cape Town||13,015||4th, 5th, 6th, 10th (n.a.)|
|1||1991||Paris - Tripoli - Dakar||9,186||7th, 10th, 14th (n.a.)
The first entrant from among all the Japanese truck manufacturers
(The figure is announced by the organizer before the rally.)