Hino Motors, Ltd. popularly known as Hino is a Japanese-based manufacturer of diesel trucks, buses, and other vehicles located in Hino, Tokyo, Japan. It is an official subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation. Hino Motors is one of the leading manufacturers of medium and heavy-duty diesel trucks particularly in Japan.
The history of the company goes back to the establishment of Tokyo Gas Industry Company in 1910. In the same year, Chiyoda Gas Co. also founded and came into direct competition with the Tokyo Gas Industry Co. Later in 1912, Chiyoda Gas Co. combined with Tokyo Gas Industry Co. Being a parts supplier to Chiyoda Gas Co., Tokyo Gas Industry lost its major client as a result of this merger and thought of extending its product line by introducing electronic parts. This extension results in the renaming of the company as Tokyo Gas and Electric Industry (TG&E). In 1917, the company manufactured its first motor vehicle, the Model TGE “A-Type” truck. This followed by the merger of TG&E automobile division with Automobile Industry Co., Ltd. and Kyodo Kokusan (K.K) in the form of Tokyo Automobile Industry Co., Ltd. The name of the company changed to Diesel Motor Industry Co., Ltd. after the four years which eventually ended up as Isuzu Motors Limited.
The new unit of Hino Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. emerged from the Diesel Motor Industry Co., Ltd. and gave rise the name Hino. At the end of World War II, the company ceased the production of large diesel engines for marine applications and dropped the name ‘Heavy’ from its name as soon as the treaty was signed. The headquarters of the company is located at Hino, Tokyo. Hino Industry Co., Ltd. involved in manufacturing heavy-duty trailer-trucks, buses and diesel engines.
In 1948, company decided to add Diesel in its name as Hino Diesel Industry Co., Ltd. to deliver a more solid impact on the customers about the company. Around 1953, the company formally went into the private car market and started manufacturing Renaults under license. Later, the company made its own Contessa 900 sedan having an 893cc rear-mounted engine. In 1967, Hino became the part of Toyota and halt it’s a year-based private car production.
Though, Hino is a Japanese-based company, Hino trucks are also assembled in the Republic of Ireland by J Harris.
Hino long with its diesel vehicles also preparing some hybrid models as well and its aim is to further enhance and expand its hybrid system. A wireless charging system is an example of Hino’s efforts to improve its hybrid system. This wireless charging system is still under process and with this system batteries will not get energy from plug and charging point rather from a wireless charging system that will be built into the road. Certainly, if this system gets an approval, it will be a great achievement by Hino.