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Japanese Truckmakers 2007 domestic market shares

Market share in calendar year 2007

Maker Hino Mitsubishi Fuso Isuzu Nissan Diesel Total
Trucks 28,909 19,082 27,101 13,936 89,028
Market share 32.5% 21.4% 30.4% 15.7% 100.0%

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Hino Motors Holds Arkansas Plant Grand Opening Ceremony

Hino Motors Manufacturing U.S.A. Inc. (HMM), a U.S. manufacturing subsidiary of Hino Motors, Ltd. (Hino), held a grand opening ceremony at the site of their Arkansas Plant (Marion, Arkansas) at 11 a.m. on February 7th local time (1 a.m. on February 8th Japan time).

The big ceremony was attended by special guests including The Honorable Mr. Mike Beebe, Governor of Arkansas, The Honorable Frank Fogleman, Mayor of Marion, The Honorable William Johnson, Mayor of West Memphis, Mr. Seiichi Sudo, president of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. (TEMA), and representatives of all customer companies and local related companies. From Hino Group, Mr. Shoji Kondo, president of Hino and Mr. Yasuo Tanigawa, president of HMM attended. read more »

A.S.O. cancels the 2008 edition of the Dakar rally

Dakar LogoAfter different exchanges with the French government – in particular the Ministry for Foreign Affairs – , and based on their firm recommendations, the organisers of the Dakar have taken the decision to cancel the 2008 edition of the rally, scheduled from the 5th to the 20th of January between Lisbon and Senegal’s capital.

Based on the current international political tension and the murder of four French tourists last 24th of December linked to a branch of Al-Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb, but also and mainly the direct threats launched directly against the race by terrorist organisations, no other decision but the cancellation of the sporting event could be taken by Amaury Sport Organisation.

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Guangzhou Automobile Group and Hino establish a joint venture in China

After receiving the formal approval of the Chinese government, Guangzhou Automobile Group Co., Ltd. (Guangzhou Automobile Group) and Hino Motors, Ltd. (Hino) have established a new joint venture, Guangqi Hino Motors Co., Ltd. (Guangqi Hino). As a joint capital investment, Guangqi Hino obtained the license from the related Chinese government department, for the production and sales of commercial vehicles.

For the development of commercial vehicles of Guangzhou Automobile Group and the business development of Hino in China, Guangqi Hino was established in line with the Chinese automobile industry development policy under the support of central government and the local governments of Guangzho and Shenyang cities. The establishment was based on reorganization of Guangzhou Yangcheng Automobile Co., Ltd. (a company invested in by Guangzhou Automobile Group) and Shenyang Shenfei Hino Automobile Manufacturing Co., (a company invested in by Hino). Guangqi Hino continues to produce Yangcheng Automobile’s existing products at its present factory, and is constructing a new factory in Conghua, Guangzhou city, with plans to commence production in the middle of 2009.
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Mitsubishi Fuso Acquires Equity Positions in Two Leading Indonesia Truck Companies

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC), an integral part of Daimler Trucks, today announced that it has acquired equity positions in P.T. Krama Yudha Tiga Berlian Motors (KTB) and P.T. Mitsubishi Krama Yudha Motors and Manufacturing (MKM), two leading Indonesia truck and automotive companies. The transaction underlines MFTBC’s commitment to Indonesia, which is the company’s largest market after Japan. Mitsubishi Fuso is the number-one commercial vehicle brand in Indonesia, with over 50 percent market share. Over the past five years, MFTBC has sold over 175,000 units in Indonesia.
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Mitsubishi Fuso Hybrid Vehicles Constitute Key Part of Daimler’s “Shaping Future Transportation” Initiative

Hybrid commercial vehicles from Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) form a key element of the new, “Shaping Future Transportation” initiative from Daimler Trucks and Daimler Buses. The Canter Eco Hybrid light-duty truck and Mitsubishi Fuso hybrid city buses already are in operation in Japan. Mitsubishi Fuso will begin customer trials of hybrid trucks in Europe by the end of the year. At the same time, it will continue cooperation within Daimler Trucks on overall hybrid development and implementation.
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Mitsubishi Fuso Unveils “Canter Eco-D” – Concept for Hybrid Light-Duty Dump Truck

Canter Eco D Concept Hybrid

Mitsubishi Fuso unveiled its new Canter Eco-D hybrid light-duty dump truck at the Tokyo Motor Show, Oct. 26 – Nov. 11. MFTBC, one of Asia’s leading truck manufacturers and an integral part of Daimler Trucks, has developed this first-ever hybrid concept dump truck to demonstrate further uses of hybrid and other advanced technologies to the commercial vehicle market. The new Canter Eco-D, with distinctive and sophisticated styling, delivers extremely low emissions and quiet performance while incorporating a host of advanced features.

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Isuzu Introduces First Low Cab Isuzu Forward, Gas-Powered Crew Cab

Isuzu Forward Gas Crew Cab

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc. has announced the availability of the industry’s first gas-powered, low cab forward crew cab truck. The new model features a Vortec 6.0 Liters V8 engine with 325 hp and a Hydra-Matic 4-speed automatic transmission with lockup torque converter and overdrive for increased performance and efficiency.

Carrying seven workers, the crew cabs are available with 150-inch and 176-inch wheelbases to accommodate 12-foot and 16-foot bodies. GVW ratings are 12,000 pounds and 14,500 pounds, with payload allowances ranging from 6,251 to 8,821 pounds.
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Highlights of Nissan Diesel’s Exhibits at the 40th Tokyo Motor Show

Nissan Diesel Quon

Nissan Diesel Motor Co., Ltd. will exhibit three heavy-duty trucks and an emission control system under the theme of “Innovation & Quality” at the 40th Tokyo Motor Show, which opens at Makuhari Messe (Nippon Convention Center) in Chiba prefecture on Friday, October 26.

This year’s theme of “Innovation & Quality” expresses the strong determination of the Nissan Diesel Group to maintain the close ties forged with customers since the company was founded and to provide technological innovations, solutions and top quality in working together with customers to open up new avenues to the future.

Nissan Diesel will provide a Spacerunner non-step heavy-duty transit bus for use in the commercial vehicle test-ride program to be held outdoors.

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Hino at the 40th Tokyo Motor Show 2007

Hino Motors Presents Concept Models of a Large-sized Touring Coach and a Heavy-duty ASV Tractor, and Other Exhibits at the 40th Tokyo Motor Show 2007

Hino Motors is going to present four reference exhibits, including concept models of a large-sized touring coach and a heavy-duty ASV tractor, and various technologies at the 40th Tokyo Motor Show 2007 to be held from Saturday, October 27 to Sunday, November 11 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture.
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