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Hino has given its 300 Series light duty truck range a boost by adding eight new models with even greater performance along with Hino's market-leading safety, efficiency and comfort features.

Unveiled today at the Melbourne International Truck, Trailer and Equipment show, the new Hino 300 Series 920 and 921 'High Horsepower' models feature more powerful engines and a revised chassis for bigger payloads and market-leading performance.

The 300 Series 921, with six-speed true automatic transmission, is now easily the most powerful truck in its class and is the first light duty truck in Australia to break the magical 200Hp rating.

Its JO5E five-litre four-cylinder intercooled turbo-diesel engine delivers over 200Hp (205Hp/151kW) and teams high power with a medium duty truck-like 600Nm of torque.

The 920 has a six-speed manual transmission and delivers 190Hp (139kW) and 510Nm.

The engines deliver their torque in a flat, linear fashion which results in an unrivalled combination of driveability and efficiency.

Available in both single and crew cab configurations, the High Horsepower 300 Series models provide capacity for larger towing capability and bigger payloads thanks to a new, wider, straight-frame chassis featuring stronger steel rails and a grid hole design that allows for easier installation of bodies and auxiliary items.

The High Horsepower models are equipped with the same comfort features and class-leading safety equipment as the rest of the 300 Series range, with vehicle stability control, dual SRS airbags, magnetically suspended driver's seat and 6.1-inch multi-media systems as standard equipment.

Externally, the new High Horsepower models are differentiated from the rest of the 300 Series by a slightly tougher stance, their 920 and 921 badges and eye-catching chrome grille and bumper accent.

Hino Australia Product Planning Manager Daniel Petrovski said that the addition of the High Horsepower models takes the Hino 300 Series to new heights in the light truck category.

"The new models considerably boost the performance and application suitability of the 300 Series range," Mr Petrovski said.

"It's not just the most powerful light-duty Hino has released in Australia, it's the most powerful light truck to be sold into the Australian market.

"Customer acceptance of the current 300 Series has been very positive, and we expect the 920 and 921 models to increase the range's already broad appeal," he said.

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