Some of New Zealand’s predominate light-duty truck users were invited to put Hino’s latest trucks to the test at Hampton Downs in May 2015.
In addition to learning more about Hino’s new Euro 5 range, Hino Distributors (NZ) Ltd’s guests drove a variety of light, medium and heavy-duty trucks in both loaded and unloaded states, as well as competing in a driver backing skill competition.
Hino’s light-duty trucks were the first on the New Zealand market to make VSC a standard feature, providing optimal traction in cornering and stability under braking. Four-wheel ventilated disc brakes, ABS braking and electronic brake-force distribution complements additional passive safety features such as double SRS airbags and pretension seatbelts.
Meeting the internationally recognised European Structural Standards Regulation for cabin strength, the interior boasts ample head and legroom, tilt and telescopic steering, thicker leaf springs that reduce friction and absorb shock from the road, and drivers suspension seats in the wide cab models.
Hampton Downs’ skid pan provided an opportunity to test Hino’s 300 series safety features, including Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), in a safe and controlled environment.
“Good business decisions are based on safe product”, says Hino NZ’s General Manager, Ray Roberts. “Drivers often don’t experience VSC until they need it. Our track day was a great way to provide safety training while highlighting new safety standard benchmarks our light duty truck have set”.
“Purchasing a truck is a significant investment”, says Hino NZ’s National Sales Manager, Graham McNabb. “A number of factors, such as price, application and safety play an important part. Our Hampton Downs Day contributed to a full brand experience”.
“The day was a great experience to not only get behind the wheel but also have a group who could find the answer to any questions that came up. I know from my experience on the day that it helped me understand a lot more about the hybrid vehicles,” Hamish Quinn, Mainfreight Business Solutions Manager.