History of HINO
The Journey of Hino Motors
Since its founding, Hino Motors has supported the movement of people and things, technologies, products, and services, and Hino Motors itself has also evolved.
Its driving force to support society and people through logistics and transportation remains unchanged, despite the changing times.
Guided by this unchanging principle, we continue to support your business and contribute to society.
1910-1941Taking on challenges from point zero
Tokyo Gas Industry Co., Ltd. (predecessor to modern-day Hino Motors)
Company name changed to Tokyo Gas and Electric Industry Co., Ltd.
Successful prototype of Japanese – made trucks.
Development of various TGE-type trucks
Moving into manufacturing of buses
Adopted for Japan's first public route (Ministry of Railways) buses
The Automobile Division of Tokyo Gas Electric Engineering Co., Ltd., Automobile Industry Co., Ltd. and Kyodo Kokusan K.K. were merged into Tokyo Automobile Industry Co., Ltd.
Company name was changed to Diesel Motor Industry Co., Ltd.
1942-1960Moving into the era of mass transportation
The Hino plant of Diesel Motor Industry Co., Ltd was made independent as Hino Heavy Industries Inc.
Completed development of Japan’s first post-war heavy-duty trailer truck
Company name changed to Hino Industry Co., Ltd.
The release of Japan's first trailer bus was a breath of fresh air for urban transport
First Japanese automotive manufacturer to separate manufacturing and sales From Hino Industry Co., Ltd. to Hino Diesel Sales Co., Ltd. and Hino Diesel Industry Co., Ltd.
Hino listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange
Started production of heavy-duty diesel trucks and buses (single-wheel type), release of Japan's first trolley bus
Japan’s first center under-floor engine bus
Release of "Blue Ribbon" box-type bus
Technical collaboration with Renault Started production of passenger vehicles
Japan's first front-wheel two-axis cab-over 10-ton cargo truck released
Hino Diesel Sales Co., Ltd. and Hino-Renault Sales Co., Ltd. merged to form Hino Motor Sales, Ltd. Hino Diesel Industry Co., Ltd. was renamed Hino Motors, Ltd.
1961-1991Hino brand dominates the Japanese domestic market
Release of the Briska light-duty commercial vehicle and Hino’s first in-house passenger vehicle,Contessa
First overseas sale company established in Thailand (now Hino Motors Sales (Thailand) Ltd.)
RANGER medium-duty truck released
Operations commenced at Hamura plant (Tokyo)
Establishment of overseas service system
Field mechanic system started Hino’s first overseas production company established in Thailand
Business alliance with Toyota Motor Corporation
Launch of the Red Engine, with superior fuel consumption, reliability, and durability
Service staff from distributors supporting Hino compete in the service skills competition
Hino Motors (Europe) established
Changed the market for touring coaches Japan's first body-framed touring coach released
Full model change for medium-duty trucks with release of KAZE-NO-RANGER SERIES
Operations commenced at Nitta plant (Gunma Prefecture)
Full model change for heavy-duty trucks with release of SUPER DOLPHIN PROFIA SERIES
PT. Hino Motors Manufacturing Indonesia established
Hino Diesel Trucks (U.S.A.), Inc. established in USA Operations commenced at Gozenyama Proving Grounds (Ibaraki Prefecture)
Hidaka Delivery Center established
Japanese sales of the RANGER Series reached 550,000 units
Release of the S'ELEGA touring coach
Release of world-first* hybrid vehicle
* The world's first commercially available hybrid vehicle was released as a urban transit bus.
Hino’s first entry into the Dakar Rally
1992-2003Moving toward a 21st-century company
New symbol mark adopted to take Hino into the future
Full model change for small buses with release of LIESSE SERIES
Hino Motors 21st Century Center established
(Hino Auto Plaza opened at the Center the following year)
Hino monopolizes the Dakar Rally, winning 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in the truck category
Release of hybrid vehicle
Hino Motors Co., Ltd. and Hino Motor Sales Co., Ltd. merged into Hino Motors Co., Ltd.
Became a subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation through private placement
New light-duty hybrid truck launched, in compliance with Japanese new (long-term) 2005 regulations on exhaust emissions
2004-Creating a foundation as a global company
HINO 600 Series released for North America
HINO BLUE RIBBON CITY Hybrid non-step large-sized route-bus announced New HINO RANGER medium-duty hybrid truck announced, in compliance with Japanese new (long-term) 2005 regulations on exhaust emissions Full model change for touring coaches with Japanese new HINO S'ELEGA announced, in compliance with new (long-term) 2005 regulations on exhaust emissions HINO PROFIA heavy-duty truck announced, in compliance with Japanese new (long-term) 2005 regulations on exhaust emissions.
Customer Technical Center established
World-first* Pre-Collision System (PCS)** installed in HINO PROFIA
* World's first commercialization as commercial vehicles（As of 2016. In-house research.）
**PCS ＝Pre-Collision System."PCS" is used for function explanation only.
Operations commenced at West Virginia plant in USA (Hino Motors Manufacturing U.S.A. Inc.) Overseas sales overtake domestic (Japanese) sales
Full model change to the HINO S’ELEGA large touring coach
Operations commenced at Colombia plant (Hino Motors Manufacturing Colombia, S.A.) Established sales company, first entry into Russian market (Hino Russia)
Production of light-duty trucks (HINO DUTRO and TOYOTA Dyna) commenced in Indonesia (P.T. Hino Motors Manufacturing Indonesia) Truck production commenced in Mexico (Hino Motors Manufacturing Mexico, S.A. DE C.V.) Joint venture company GAC Hino Motors Co., Ltd. began production of trucks in China Cumulative production of Hino trucks and buses reached three million units
Toyota and Hino provided vehicles for fuel cell hybrid buses operating on public route between central Tokyo and Haneda Airport Hong Kong's first light-duty hybrid truck released
Full model change for HINO DUTRO light-duty truck
HINO PONCHO electric bus entered pilot service
Operations began at Koga plant (Ibaraki Prefecture)
Started pilot services for light-duty EV trucks
Cumulative sales of hybrid trucks and buses reached 10,000 units
Driving seminars at Customer Technical Center exceeded 50,000 visitors
Introduced new modularized products to Indonesia and Thailand
25th anniversary of launch of HIMR Bus hybrid vehicle
Full model change for HINO PROFIA heavy-duty truck and HINO RANGER medium-duty truck
Hino achieved top position for heavy- and medium-duty truck sales in Japan for the 44th consecutive year (2016) Koga Plant commenced full-scale operations