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Record global Hino sales

Global_lineup_Door_mirrori2012hrBooming international interest has propelled Hino Motors Ltd to record-breaking highs in Japanese first-quarter sales results.

Record sales in Central and South America, Europe and Africa contributed to an all-time high in export sales for Hino, up 3.8 per cent from the same time last year.The sales charge was supported by record first-quarter results in Asia, as well as improved sales results in Oceania and the Middle East.

Hino Australia President and Chief Operating Officer, Steve Lotter, said the recent results indicate the growing popularity of Hino globally.

“It’s pleasing to see the Hino product make real inroads in international markets,” he said.

“These sales results show what Australians have known for years – Hino trucks are high quality, tough enough to tackle any situation and imbued with Hino reliability.

“I think in the Central and South American market, watching the Hino 500 Series Dakar Rally truck conquering the tough route time and again instils confidence in Hino’s engineering prowess.”

As well as producing the 300, 500 and 700 Series trucks, the US-market only 600 Series and a range of bus products, Hino Motors Ltd also manufactures the popular Toyota Prado and FJ Cruiser SUVs, with more than 46,000 of the Toyota-branded vehicles sold over the past three months.

In perhaps the strongest indicator for renewed growth in Japan in the wake of the Global Financial Crisis and a spate of natural disasters, Toyota Motor Group is aiming to produce more than 10.1 million vehicles by the end of their financial year.

Should Toyota, Lexus and Hino workers achieve their target, they can claim the record as the first automaker in history to produce more than 10 million vehicles in a single year.

The Toyota Motor Group produced 5.05 million vehicles globally and sold 4.91 million of them in the six months to June this year, retaining its place as the world’s market-leading automotive manufacturer.

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