January 22, 2007
Hino Motors finishes the Dakar Rally for the 17th year in succession and wins the championship in the under-10-liter classHino Motors, Ltd. (“Hino”) finished the race for the 17th year in succession and won championship victory in the under-10-liter class in the Euromilhes Dakar Rally 2007 (usually referred to as the “Paris-Dakar Rally”), which unfolded on a stage in six different countries between Lisbon Portugal and Dakar Senegal on January 6-26.
Hino first participated in the Paris-Dakar Rally, considered to be the most world’s grueling rally, in 1991 and, in order to win out in the fierce competition every year, it has continued to challenge the race while incorporating its technology in all respects including vehicle durability, running performance and reliability. Since the rally last year, the team name has been changed to the “Hino Team Sugawara” and Hino has reinforced the collaborative structure with the Team Sugawara led by Yoshimasa Sugawara, who holds the record for the most entries and most consecutive finishes in the history of the event. Furthermore, Hino produced a new vehicle with improved aerodynamic performance around in body in preparation for the event and set off for the rally with an unassailable team bolstered in part by an increase in the number of mechanics. Hino has been able to demonstrate again its outstanding technical capabilities and product strength by finishing the rally for the 17th year straight and winning the championship in the under-10-liter class.
We at Hino will continue to provide products and services that satisfy our customers based on our spirit of challenge nurtured through motor sports and our state-of-the-art technological capabilities.
|Figures in( ):Ranking in the under-10-liter class|
■ The history of Hino in the Dakar Rally
Hino entered the Dakar Rally as the first Japanese truck manufacturer in 1991. In 1994, a Hino truck finished in second place in the camion category and won second place again in 1995. Beginning in 1996, it reinforced its infrastructure while advocating the goal of winning the overall championship and, in 1997, it become the first ever in the history of the event to win the overall championship in the camion category in a thrilling performance, finishing in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place to monopolize the entire top rank. It subsequently has won second place in the overall championship in the camion category three more times, continuing with persistent vigorous activity as a top team in the camion category. In addition, in 1996-2002, it won a string of championships for seven years straight in the newly established under-10-liter class of the camion category. This division was eliminated two years later and, then, when reestablished for the rally in 2005, Hino took the championship once again.
Under 10 Liters class)
(only the winner was awarded)
(only the winner was awarded)
-Sharm El Sheikh
|12||2002||Arras-Madrid-Dakar||9,440||3rd/winner (7th consecutive victory in this class)|
|7||1997||Dakar-Agadez-Dakar||8,051||Winner, 2nd, 3rd/winner, 2nd, 3rd (a record first in the Camion category)|
|6||1996||Grenada-Dakar||7,579||6th, 11th/winner, 2nd|
|2||1992||Paris-Sirte-Cape Town||13,015||4th, 5th, 6th, 10th/NA|
|1||1991||Paris-Tripoli-Dakar||9,186||7th, 10th, 14th/NA|
(participated as the first Japanese truck manufacturer)