Mumbai: The lorry-making subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corp., Hino Motors Ltd, is poised to enter the Indian market with its 6X4 tipper and 6X2 haulage models.
Sales of these diesel trucks is expected to begin in two-three months.
The company will also launch next year a 49-tonne tractor model, which is currently undergoing modifications mandated by local standards for product and service quality, also known as homologation.
Tata Motors Ltd, India’s largest truck maker, currently dominates the 6X2 and 6X4 truck segments, which have estimated annual volumes of 50,000 units. A 6X2 model would have six wheels, out of which two are powered. Similarly, a 6X4 truck would have four powered wheels out of six.
Hino trucks are equipped with CRDi technology, which the company claims is more fuel-efficient. This type of heavy trucks are a first in the Indian market. The auto maker also claims that these models are capable of running for 1 million km before requiring an overhaul.
Although these engines are much more expensive, Hino’s sales team have started explaining to potential customers that these vehicles would provide better returns in terms of efficiency and business.