INTERVIEW with Hino South Africa VP, Ernie Trautmann

BY GRAEME LUND - MAY 19, 2017
INTERVIEW with Hino South Africa VP, Ernie Trautmann

Because of new regulations that require all medium, heavy, and extra-heavy commercial vehicles to be fitted with speed limiters, Toyota redesigned the Dyna’s chassis to achieve a 50 kg weight loss, providing the vehicle with a gross vehicle mass of 3 500 kg –allowing the Dyna to be classified as a LCV.

MCVs are now limited to a top speed of 100 km/h, while the speed for heavy and extra-heavy trucks may not exceed 80 km/h.  This speed restriction is achieved is through compulsory engine governors.

Hino South Africa VP, Ernie Trautmann, says the Dyna’s three-litre diesel engine is not electronically-controlled, which means it cannot be fitted with a tamperproof speed limiter as is the case with the Hino 300-, 500- and 700-Series trucks.

“The alternative to changing the Dyna’s category would have been to withdraw it from our range, which we did not want to do as it is a popular model for a wide variety of operations,” says Trautmann.

“Being categorised as a LCV means the Dyna will require only a Code B drivers licence. The truck will no longer have to undergo annual certificate-of-fitness testing, which is a further benefit for operators.”

Test drive the 2017 Hino Dyna with a code 8 license

Hino South Africa Vice President, Ernie Trautmann

He says Hino South Africa has taken advantage of the Dyna redesign to also equip the vehicle with an anti-lock braking system.

The front panel of the vehicle is also now one piece, instead of three, and incorporates new designs for the grille and bumper.

Trautmann adds, “There is a new design for the interior with a restyled dashboard, improved seat material and cup holders for the driver and front passenger.”

Peter Parkin, Sales Manager at Hino Algoa, says, “It is better than the truck that it used to be because it no longer requires a driver with a Code 10 license – a Code 8 will suffice and, unlike medium and heavy commercial vehicles, its engine is not governed at 100km/h either mechanically or by the new government legislation.”

He adds that anybody wanting to test drive the Hino Dyna can come by Algoa Toyota with their code 8, now classified as a code B, license for a test drive.

With the legendary durability and longevity of Hino trucks, the Dyna is a perfect workhorse.  At R284 533.51 incl VAT and with the Hino Algoa discount, the factory fitted dropside load body version is highly competitive.

Contact Hino Algoa for more information, particularly if you require a custom made load box, on 041 397 1111 or visit them at 18a Diaz Road, Parsons Hill.