24 September 2021 · Driving Hints & Tips

Think outside the gearbox - the future of trucking is automatic

Think outside the gearbox - the future of trucking is automatic

The Hino 300 Series is the ideal light-duty truck for any business. Along with offering class leading power, efficiency, and safety (Hino SmartSafe), the Hino 300 Series has a secret others don’t want you to know about.

It’s the only Japanese light-duty truck in its class to offer True Automatic Transmission across the entire range. But how does having a true automatic truck benefit your business? What makes the Hino 300 Series the dux of the light-duty class? We’re glad you asked.


Easy and Safer Driving.

The true automatic transmission in the Hino 300 Series is exactly that, true automatic. The very same you’d find in a passenger car. The benefits to your business, and by extension your customers, are two-fold.

It’s easier to drive.

The standard Single-Cab 300 series fitted with a true automatic transmission, which has a Gross Vehicle Mass of 4.5 tonnes, can be driven by anyone with a car licence and a little know-how. No truck license needed. The benefit to your business and your customers? If your regular driver is off sick, and provided you have enough staff, someone else can take their place. Ensuring your business keeps running, and expectations are met. Something we’re sure your customers would be very happy about.

It’s safer to drive.

There are enough things to worry about on the road when you’re behind the wheel of a truck. Cars, motorcycles, the occasional pedestrian. With a true automatic transmission, drivers can keep both hands on the wheel, and both eyes on the road. Plus, with the added benefit of Hino SmartSafe (Pre-Collision System, Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Warning System) as standard, the Hino 300 Series makes it one of the safest light-duty trucks in its class.


Smoother, Better Performance.

Setting the pace for the light-duty class, the Hino 300 Series delivers not just on safety and drivability, but performance as well. True automatic transmission delivers superior start-ability, take-off, and acceleration, with no torque interruptions between gear shifts. What does this mean? That you’ll experience one of the smoothest and quickest drives with the Hino 300 Series.  

We’ve also made some improvements in our 721 and 921 models to the torque converter design (regarding the shift logic), resulting in improved driveability, transmission kick-down, and hill-climb performance. We’ve also given the driver greater control over gear selection with the sequential shift operation, positioned on the gear selector, taking the benefits of the true automatic transmission to the next level.


The Cost of True Automatic Transmission

One of the biggest expenses for any business is the day-to-day operating costs. Whether running a single truck, or fleet, they all need fuel, fluids, and maintenance to keep running. However, depending on the truck, those costs can be reduced.

A big advantage of the true automatic transmission is that it’ll never require a clutch replacement. Also, with no torque interruption between gear changes, fuel consumption is greatly reduced through the elimination of torque loss. It’s also more forgiving in tougher conditions, and on bad driving, lowering wear and tear on the driveline, and the driver.

Better yet, one of the biggest financial advantages to owning an automatic truck is its resale value. Used automatic light-duty trucks are in high demand across many industries. Purchasing a Hino 300 Series true automatic is not only a great decision, it’s an investment in the future of your business.


Consider Changing Gears

If you’re looking for a new truck, or fleet, that delivers greater performance, is easier to maintain, lowers running costs, and has a greater return on investment, then it’s time to change gears to the Hino 300 Series true automatic range.

For more details on the features and benefits of the Hino 300 Series, see here or give our sales team a call today.