Hino Trucks’ Class 5 diesel-electric hybrid model 195h has won the American Truck Dealers’ 2013 Medium-Duty Commercial Truck of the Year award.
Hino has taken home this award each time a truck was submitted into the annual contest - Hino’s model 268 won in 2010 and Model 338 won in 2011.
Hino 195h was selected for the medium-duty (Class 3-7) category from a field of five medium-duty trucks evaluated by a five-member panel last October. The judging categories included innovation, design, safety and driver satisfaction.
“Every year the challenge is greater and greater,” said judge Paul Hartley, writer and owner of AddMedia. “The manufacturers bring the best in the game.”
“We are honored to once again accept this prestigious award from the American Truck Dealers Association,” said Bob McDowell, Sr. Vice President of Sales & Customer Support for Hino. “The innovation and technical advancements in our 195h diesel-electric hybrid are unmatched in the industry today. We successfully launched the truck this fall in California and we are happy to report that to date, we have deployed 130 trucks into the Californian market.”
Hino Trucks will continue its roll out of the 195h model by offering it through its dealers in the Eastern, Northeast, Southeast and Sunbelt metropolitan areas in April, and all states by June.
The Class 5 COE is also offered as a diesel model 195. Both the 195 and 195h models will carry a 19,500-lb. GVW rating, with an optional de-rate 17,500-lb GVW rating, and are powered by the Hino Series engine. The 5-liter engine is rated at 210 hp and 440 lb. ft. of torque.