Devised specifically for Australian applications and thoroughly tried, tested and proven for Australian conditions, the Hino 300 Series 4x4 has already undergone years of extensive testing and evaluation here with real-world customers.
Prototypes of the Hino 300 Series 4x4 have been used in day-to-day operations with a number of customers across Australia with two customers taking part in long-term field testing: Cook Shire Council in Far North Queensland and Kennedy Drilling in remote Western Australia.
Hino test engineers have studied the vehicles in these operations, and those learnings combined with the testing carried at its durability facilities in Japan produced a model purpose-built for Australian applications.
“We have been testing prototypes of the 4x4 here for over three years, with real-world customers whose feedback has enabled us to refine the specification of a truck built specifically for the Australian market,” Hino Australia Product Strategy Manger Mr Daniel Petrovski said.
“The 300 Series 4x4 is a specialised vehicle and this sort of approach has genuinely benefitted what we can now offer our customers.”
Among the myriad of information gained from this local testing was the importance of operational competency off-road, such as the incorporation of a high air intake to minimise dust intake on dirt roads.
“This is one feature that was upgraded following feedback from our field-test customers.”
The 4x4’s six-speed manual transmission and a two-speed transfer case provide the ideal combination of gears to suit any terrain. A 6.369:1 first gear transmission ratio and a low range gear ratio of 2.2:1 enables a crawling speed of just 2.3 km/h for the trickiest of off-road conditions.
“There’s testing – and then there’s real world in-field testing, which is what we have done with this vehicle,” said Mr Petrovski.
Test drive a Hino 300 Series 4x4, contact our Customer Service Team on 1300 01 HINO or find a local dealer.