Home > News Release > News Release

News Release

September 7, 2006

Hino Motors releases Hino Dutro light-duty truck models that comply with the New Long-Term Emission Regulations

- First light-duty truck in Japan to comply with the 10% NOx and PM reductions compared to the New Long-Term Emission Regulations at the very top rank among low emission vehicles -

Hino Motors, Ltd. (“Hino”) is set for the market release today of the Hino Dutro*1 light-duty truck that has achieved compliance with the New Long-Term Emission Regulations of 2005. This new model vehicle realizes a further reduction in NOx and PM emissions through continued progress in the clean diesel system DPR and, while in
compliance with the New Long-Term Regulations, it is a advanced low pollution vehicle that is the first light-duty truck to comply with 10% NOx and PM reductions compared to the New Long-Term Emission Regulations, ranking at the very top among low emission vehicles.

Hino released the Hino Dutro in August 2003 as Japan’s first vehicle in compliance with the Ultra-Low PM Emission Diesel Vehicle Certification System (****, 85% reduction). Since then, Hino, as an environmental frontrunner, has continued to offer it as a light-duty truck that brings benefits to the customer. The company has now further improved the environmental performance of the new model Hino Dutro while also broadly enhancing product competitiveness by upgrading cab interior comfort by positioning the shift lever of the 6-speed automatic transmission (“AT”) in the instrument panel as well as riding comfort by installing new model coil spring independent front suspension. In addition, it has been developed as a series that has extensively expanded the product lineup with the inclusion of a vehicle that can be operated with an ordinary driver’s license (total gross weight under 5 tons) in the new vehicle operators license system that will go into effect by June 2007.

The release of the new model Hino Dutro enables Hino to supply a line of light-, medium- and heavy-duty trucks that are all in compliance with the New Long-Term Emission Regulations.

*1: Jointly developed with Toyota Motor Corporation
*2: A system in which the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport certifies and officially announces diesel trucks and buses with a total gross vehicle weight of 3.5 tons or more that are in compliance with the New Short-Term Emission Regulations (2003) and with PM emissions at the 75% reduction level (3-star) and 85% reduction level (4-star) compared to the above regulations.

<1. Features of the newly released models>

1. Outstanding environmental performance
1) Realization of an even cleaner diesel engine through the further development of high efficiency EGR and electronic control variable nozzle turbo based on the model NO4C 4-cylinder in-line engine equipped with high-pressure common rail fuel injection system
2) Realization of even lower NOx and PM emissions through the further evolution of the clean diesel system DPR, achieving compliance with the New Long-Term Emission Regulations
3) As the first light-duty truck to also be certified as a Low-Emission Vehicle (10% reduction in NOx and PM emissions over the New Long-Term Emission Regulations), it demonstrates clean environmental performance worthy of the Hino Dutro, the major vehicle operating in urban districts.
4) Realization of low CO2 emissions and quieter operation by reducing engine RMP while idling

2. New vehicle models in compliance with the new ordinary driver’s license system
1) This is a newly developed vehicle with a total gross vehicle weight of less than 5 tons, capable of being operated with an ordinary driver’s license under the new license system to go into effect by June 2007, for a total lineup of 62 truck models.
2) Further reduction in weight and improved loading efficiency through the use of a new light-weight high-rigidity frame, securing a 2-ton loading capacity with a wide ranging line of vehicles including the Lobox finished vehicle of van body manufacturers, dump trucks and others.

3. Enhanced product competitiveness
1) Completely renovated front grill design projects a new image
2) Whereas the company only offered high and standard grade with previous models, it has now added a professional grade, an intermediate grade in the grading system, in order to be able to address the diverse needs of the customer.
3) Improvement in cab interior comfort and mobility through the adoption of a new shift lever and new parking brake lever as standard equipment
(1) 6-speed AT shift lever installed in the instrument panel of AT vehicles as standard equipment
(2) Adoption of retractable shift levers in vehicles equipped with manual transmissions as standard equipment
(3) Adoption of retractable parking brake levers in all vehicles as standard equipment
4) Coil spring independent suspension is now installed as the front suspension system of major truck models, assuring improved riding comfort and excellent steering safety while contributing to the alleviation of driver fatigue
5) Adoption of disk brakes in all wheels for an improvement in braking performance (excluding some models)

These models are only available in the Japanese market.