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Trucking Brand News for Early 2018

The sales for commercial trucks has been strong through 2017 and remained so for the first part of 2018, so it is no surprise that new expansive strategies and product developments have been launched. Here is some interesting first quarter news from commercial truck manufacturers Mitsubishi, Hino, and International Trucks.

Mitsubishi Fuso

Mitsubishi Fuso has had notable revelations in the first quarter of 2018. At the beginning of March, it revealed its new medium-duty truck line at the Gaikindo Commercial Vehicle Expo in Indonesia. Mitsubishi has declared its intent to expand its market of commercial trucks in the region, and are highlighting their comfort and convenience features inside the vehicle. They include:

  • Improvements in ergonomics for the interior.
  • Air suspension seating.
  • Increased storage compartments.

The company plans to have 16 different variants of models by the year 2021.

Hino Trucks

In a new development for Toyota's subsidiary Hino Trucks, it has decided to enter the heavy-duty arena. The company is in the process of launching its XL series, which consists of Class 7 and 8 trucks. Hino has announced its intent to expand and increase its competitiveness in North America, which is the reason for this new lineup of commercial vehicles. The GVWR of these vehicles will be 33,000 to 60,000 lbs.

Hino has also not overlooked the need for advancements in comfort and conveniences, focusing on easier entry and exit, as well as more steering wheel controls.

International Trucks

While Hino and Mitsubishi have been concentrating on their interiors, improvement to the exterior has been the recent focus of International Trucks in the first part of this year. They have announced an agreement with the supplier FlowBelow to purchase their wheel covers and their AeroKit systems. At least for now, they will be offered as optional choices, rather than standard.

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