16 Facts About Hino Motors


Hino Motors was established in 1942 as a corporate spin-off from previous manufacturers.

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Hino Motors is a large constituent of the Nikkei 225 on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

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Hino Motors took its name from the location of its headquarters in Hino city within Tokyo prefecture.

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In 1953, Hino Motors entered the private car market, by manufacturing Renaults under licence, and in 1961 it started building its own Contessa 900 sedan with an 893cc rear-mounted engine, and a pickup truck called the Hino Motors Briska with the Contessa engine slightly enlarged and installed in the front with rear wheel drive.

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However, Hino Motors ceased private car production very quickly in 1967 following a strategic alliance with Toyota in 1965.

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Hino Motors Trucks have been assembled in Norway, Portugal and Canada.

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Hino Motors became a wholly owned subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation in 2001.

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Hino Motors has been marketing trucks in Canada since the 1970s.

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Hino Motors Manufacturing Colombia is a partnership between the Mitsui group and the Colombia manager for the Hino brand, PRACO-Didacol S A The partnership assembles medium and heavy trucks, destined mainly to the export market for the Andinean and Central American countries.

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Hino Motors signed a 10-year assembly agreement with Kaiser-Illin Industries of Haifa, Israel, in 1963.

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In mid 2008, Hino Motors was said to be building a new truck assembly facility in Guanajuato, Mexico, serving international deliveries.

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In 1975, Hino Motors has entered the Philippine market, and creating Pilipinas Hino Motors, Inc It was originally established for the manufacturing of buses and, later, trucks.

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In 2017, Hino Motors announced that it was going to open its first factory in Russia.

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Hino Motors was split again in 2003, becoming Hino Motors Manufacturing Ltd.

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The plant in Long Beach, California, where Hino Motors's US-based medium duty truck production had begun in 2004, was closed in 2007 and its production was transferred to the West Virginia facility.

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Hino Motors has competed in the Dakar Rally since 1991 with a Ranger FT 4WD truck driven by the Japanese rally driver, Yoshimasa Sugawara.

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