Exclusive: Hino considering XL Series for Australia

Possible Australian arrival for bonneted Hino truck

hino xl series truck

Confirmation this afternoon from a senior executive at Hino Australia that the Hino XL Series is being considered for Australia.

The U.S.-built bonneted Hino trucks were unveiled back in March, the rigid/prime mover offering won’t go into official production in the U.S. until 2019.

Initially it was thought that the XL Series trucks would only be available in North America.

However, Hino Australia’s General Manager of Brand and Franchise Development, Bill Gillespie, in an interview this afternoon with heavyvehicles.com.au (to be published soon) said the bonneted trucks are being considered.

“(Australian avilability) depends on a whole bunch of factors, pricing, whether they (the U.S. production facility) can cope with the extra demand, they have a market that is flying along too.

“I’m planning to send some people over there (to the U.S.) before the end of the year to do some evaluations on whether that’s possible.

“I think the U.S. would be happy if they just satisfied that demand, we would like to give it some serious consideration, we think it is an interesting truck that could fill a couple of segments which we cannot fill at the moment.

“So, yeah, why not? We’d be interested at doing that.”

The Hino XL Series will be offered in both rigid (XL7) and prime-mover (XL8) configurations and power comes exclusively from Hino’s 360hp/1560Nm 8.9 litre straight-six A09 engine.

Allison and EATON transmissions will be on offer, and the truck will feature DANA steer axles and driveshafts.

While standard safety features such as electronic stability control (courtesy of WABCO) and a collision mitigation system will also feature.

We will keep you updated as further details come to hand.

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