HINO Trucks' new Class 5 195 and 195h COE trucks arrived at qualified Hino dealerships across the country in September.
Available with a diesel (195) or diesel-electric hybrid (195h) powertrain, the 19,500-pound GVW trucks feature 210 horsepower and 440 lb-ft of torque from Hino's 5-liter J05E Series engine.
The launch of this new cab-over product line offers Hino dealers an opportunity to reach new customers. Due to a limited supply of initial diesel-electric hybrid cab-over trucks, the release of these vehicles began in California. As more product becomes available in early 2013, a staged roll-out for the remaining markets will be implemented.
“The diesel-electric hybrid is giving us about a 25% reduction in CO2 gasses and 30% in fuel and improved driver techniques because the driver is going to see how far he can make the fuel economy go up,” Spencer Nichol said.
“If you look at how gas is produced, there's a lot of CO2 involved. We feel diesel takes less CO2 to produce that. We feel a diesel-electric hybrid is one of the best ways to get fuel efficiencies to market. We feel the direction of this is easier for the driver. One thing we added is SCR. Other than that, you wouldn't know you're even driving one except when you're at a traffic light.”
Both COE models feature a North American standard 33-inch frame rail width, a 56,900 psi frame, and a standard center-mounted rear fuel tank.
The cab's styling emphasizes aerodynamics and visibility with an angled windshield, narrow pillars, and rounded-radius curves. Inside, the new cab uses its increased width to provide room for drivers up to 6-feet-6, seating for three and a versatile mobile workspace with a variety of organizational storage options.
In addition to a diesel-electric hybrid option, the 195 model meets EPA 2010 emission regulations by utilizing an optimized SCR system — with no credits required.
New standard features for 2013:
• The 238, 258, and 268 are standard with the 2200HS Allison transmission.
• The 338 is standard with the 2500RDS.
• The 2000HS series has a four-year warranty with unlimited mileage; the 2000RDS and 3000RDS have a three-year warranty with unlimited mileage.
Hino and Allison earlier this year signed a multi-year, long-term agreement that will make Allison transmissions the preferred and exclusive transmission for all current and future Hino conventional trucks in the US.
Since Hino Trucks introduced its conventional truck lineup in 2004, Allison transmissions have been the transmission of choice. Through the new agreement, Hino will be able to offer its customers enhanced transmission coverage on Allison-equipped vehicles.
Hino also has partnered with Morgan Corporation on a quick-delivery, dry freight van body program for its conventional trucks. This partnership will give Hino dealers across the country access to faster turnaround times on 24'-26' dry freight van bodies and provides customers shorter lead times.
This Quick Turn stock program will serve 46 states (excluding, Hawaii, Alaska, California, and Nevada). Trucks will be stocked through Morgan's regional manufacturing operations: Morgantown, Pennsylvania; Rydal, Georgia; Corsicana, Texas; and Lakeland, Florida.
Despite regional stocking, customers will receive the benefit of consistent, national pricing across the country that maintains the same price on the program bodies through all Hino dealers.
Nichol said there are a few changes in the standard chassis layout.
“We've also relocated the fuse box. For 2013, it's inside the frame rail.”