Getting the job done
The Medium Commercial Vehicle market is a key one in South Africa, and the Hino 300 plays a major role a as transport solution for urban, inter-city and regional deliveries. With a payload of between 3 390 – 5 950kg, it fills the role between the smaller, more nimble Toyota Dyna, now marketed as an LCV and drivable on a standard drivers license, and the heavier Hino 500 range.
There are now 13 variants in the Hino 300 range, including the crew cab and automatic models that are in such demand with customers, and which have increased Hino’s presence in this key category. There are now four models with automatic transmissions and three with crew cabs, while the Hino 300 is well suited to roles such as dropside, flatdeck, van body, tanker or tipper.
All the Hino 300 models are powered by the four-litre N04C Hino four-cylinder turbo intercooled diesel engine, which has a Euro 3 rating and provides outputs of either 100kW of power and 392Nm of torque or 110kW of power and 420Nm of torque, depending on the level of tune for the particular vehicle.
The engine is mated to either a five-speed or six-speed manual transmission, or the six-speed A860E automatic transmission.
Drive to the rear wheels goes through a full floating single reduction hypoid rear axle with ratios to provide optimum performance and fuel economy for each model.
Stepping up to the cab of the Hino 300, it is obvious that it has been designed with the comfort and efficiency of the driver in mind. A sound system is fitted as standard, as is air-con, an important feature in driver alertness and comfort, most importantly on long trips. The seats are also designed to be comfortable and reduce driver fatigue. A simple feature that is nonetheless very innovative and practical is the collapsible gearlever, which allows freedom of movement in the cab.
Also standard is a multi-function display that shows two independent trip distances, current and average fuel consumption and display settings, all helping to achieve greater driver efficiency.
In terms of safety, an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) is also standard, and this active safety feature is critical, allowing the driver to maintain control of his vehicle in emergency situations, even with a heavy load. Without ABS the driver is unable to steer the vehicle in the event of skidding, increasing the likelihood and possibly severity of accidents.
Taking safety further, passive safety features such as a reinforced steel cab as well as driver and passenger airbags help to keep the occupants safe in the unfortunate event of an accident, while a seatbelt indicator light and warning buzzer encourage safe driving habits. The Hino 300 is also fitted with an anti-theft system, central locking and microdot vehicle identification.
Importantly, Hino has one of the largest footprints of any commercial vehicle brand in SA including a number of exclusive truck dealerships.
The Hino 300 Series has a 24-month/unlimited kilometre warranty and a 36-month rust perforation warranty, while an extended warranty of up to five years is available. There is also a 2-year warranty on all Hino parts fitted at a Hino dealership, as well as comprehensive 24-hour roadside assistance plan.