Thursday, November 25, 2010

Hino made in Canada

1,2 and 3 all taken today, and three different sizes and varying vintages.

Another Japanese truck maker is on the move. Hino Motors Canada has introduced a newly designed truck for 2011. I haven't seen one in real life yet, but like all Hinos sold in Canada it will be built at their factory in Woodstock, ON.

The plant, which started up in 2006, can produce 2,000 trucks a year, although recent production figures are about half that. Engines and cabs are still built in Japan, but that may change according to recent news. Currently about 60% of the truck is sourced in this country.

Hino is after a bigger slice of the class 5, 6 and 7, with 1 model of class 5 and 2 models in each of the other classes. They have 20% of the Canadian market in the class and looking for 30%.

Internationally Hino builds trucks up to class 8, and last year built 100,000, of which 60,000 are exported from Japan to the rest of the world. They have been the best seller in Japan for 37 years!

Hino is the truck building division of Toyota.


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