Hino South Africa has launched an all-new 700 Series to complete its local truck range. The original 700 Series of extra-heavy trucks was introduced to the local market in 2004 and underwent an upgrade and equipment enhancement in 2019. Now, the 2023 model takes big steps forward in terms of its technology, with huge benefits regarding active and passive safety systems as well as improved fuel economy, all of which contribute to a lower total cost of ownership.

“Our current ranges of 200 and 300 Series medium trucks are proving very popular as is our 500 series in the heavy truck segment and now we will also have a strong competitor in the high volume, extra-heavy category,” explained Anton Falck, the recently appointed Vice President of Hino South Africa. “Minimising downtime for our customers was a prime aim with the redesign of this important model.”

The latest 700-Series is a major step up from its predecessors in terms of the extensive safety technologies that are offered as standard features. It also constitutes a completely redesigned cab which ensures greater comfort for the driver, while weight reduction improves the 700 Series’ operating efficiency. There is also more convenient access to the engine for service and maintenance activities.

The exterior of the Hino 700 Series has undergone its first major design change in 14 years, with aerodynamic and safety benefits. From the bold grille, which has a three-dimension appearance, to the sharply styled headlamps, this range-topping truck has a new frontal appearance, while the restyling of the cab has made it more spacious for the driver. The interior has been completely redone too, with major focus on improving comfort and ergonomics to cut driver fatigue. It is also easier to get in and out of the new cab.

There is a compact range of four basic models, being a tipper, a freight carrier, and two truck-tractors, all 6×4 configurations. The new range is powered by derivatives of the proven and reliable 13-litre Hino E13C six-cylinder turbocharged and intercooled diesel engine. The 2841 models are fitted with one version of this engine, developing 302 kW (410 hp) between 1 500 and 1 800 r/min, together with a peak torque of 1 961 N.m between 1 400 and 1 800 r/min. The high-powered 2845 truck tractor utilizes an engine model that produces 331 kW (450 hp) between 1 500 and 1 800 r/min, with a peak torque of 2 157 N.m between 1 050 and 1 400 r/min.

There are several fuel-saving changes including the switch from a variable nozzle type turbocharger to a conventional type that facilitates a weight reduction of 13 kg. Significant fuel saving is possible when the standard Eco Mode system is used.

Both engines are mated to a ZF 16-speed Traxon automated manual transmission, offering fully automatic shifting with optional manual override. This makes it not only easier on the driver but also saves fuel with optimised gear selection. Protection against abuse in both modes is always active.

A major change has been made in the redesign of the rear suspension resulting in a 20% weight reduction while performance is retained. Front and rear suspension is by leaf springs, while the power-assisted, variable ratio rack and pinion steering now has a variable hydraulic pump as a contributor to saving fuel.

However, the big news is the important enhancement of the safety aspects of the 700 Series.

Koyo, Goto the Chief engineer for the 700 Series, had this to say “We, at Hino Motors in Japan, have aimed to enhance safety through the adoption of active driver support systems and preventive safety systems, as well as improving driver comfort with a much quieter cab, and improved ride comfort. The new, high-functionality seats can accommodate a wider range of driver body heights in comfort which will reduce fatigue and improve driving efficiency. I am confident that we have succeeded in developing a truck that provides a safe and comfortable working environment.”