Hino Australia expands 500 series with long auto


New model with automatic transmission delivers a well-rounded package, Hino says.

Hino Australia expands 500 series with long auto
Hino's new FE Auto is in response to growing demand for trucks with automatic transmissions.

 

Hino Australia has unveiled new additions to its 500 series medium duty range with long-wheelbase FE 1426 Auto models.

The truck maker’s FE 1426 Auto generates 191kW of power and 794Nm of torque from 1,500rpm thanks to a 6.4-litre five-cylinder engine and Allison 2500 series automatic transmission.

Hino’s decision to expand its automatic offering is due to a growing demand for ‘two-pedal’ small and medium trucks, Hino Australia CEO Steve Lotter says.

"The market has been demanding more 'two pedal' options in light and medium duty truck lines, and Hino has responded with an increased number of automatic transmission choices," Lotter says.

With five forward speeds and a torque converter with lock-up clutch, Hino Australia’s CEO believes automatic options allow companies to be more flexible with drivers.

"The 500 Series FE Auto brings a very well rounded package to the market and allows fleets access to a larger pool of drivers thanks to its automatic transmission," Lotter says.

"It also has the potential to cut down on gearbox maintenance that may be required with drivers who are less experienced with a manual transmission."

The Hino is available in short, medium, long and extra-long wheelbases, ranging from 3,750mm to 5,500mm, and has a GVM of 14 tonnes.

"The 500 Series FE Auto is what we like to call a 'smart truck' as it is capable of carrying payloads usually reserved for our FG and GH models, but in a lighter, more nimble and cost-effective package," Lotter says.

"We believe it is the right truck for this sector of the Australian truck market, and we expect it to do great things for Hino and our customers."

The FE 1426 Auto ships with a safety belt-equipped ISRI 6860 driver’s seat, ABS brakes, ECE-R29 crash safety compliance and SRS driver’s airbag.

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