HINO Motors, Ltd., commonly known as simply Hino, is a manufacturer of diesel trucks, buses, and other vehicles, based in Hino , Tokyo, Japan.
| The Hino Ranger is a medium-duty commercial vehicle produced by Hino Motors, a subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation. It was introduced in 1969 with the original model. Medium Truck variants 4x4 : FT, FX, GT, GX
Hino has competed in the Dakar Rally since 1991, with the Ranger FT 4WD truck driven by the Japanese rally driver, Yoshimasa Sugawara.
The Type 73 Medium Truck is an all-terrain four-wheel drive (4x4) truck of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force known as the 1 1/2 Ton Truck .
This truck replaced various types of previous light and medium trucks in service with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force. Among them was the 3/4 ton truck manufactured by Toyota and Nissan, which had been in service since the 1950s. One of the reasons the 3/4 ton truck became obsolete, was due to the high fuel consumption of the gasoline engine. Japanese truck manufacturers were instructed to develop a successor. After competitive bidding Toyota and Hino Motors were selected to develop and build the Type 73 Medium Truck.
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