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New Heavy-duty Truck Production Coming to West Virginia

According to an official announcement, Hino is parlaying its success with medium-duty trucks into a foray into Class 8 truck production. The heavy-duty trucks will be powered by Hino's A09 six-cylinder diesel engine. The turbocharged, direct injected engine is capable of producing a maximum 360 hp. The company expects to introduce the new models in March 2018 at The Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Goal to Further Increase Market Share

Hino Motors Manufacturing U.S.A. President Takashi Ono spoke at presentation attended by both state and local government leaders, he said the company had increased its production by half-a-million trucks during the past decade. Hino's stated goal is to double its current market share in the United States during a six-year period.

Hino to Invest 100 Million in West Virginia

To facilitate theproduction of the new Class 8 trucks, Hino will convert a vacant Coldwater creek distribution center in Mineral Wells, West Virginia, into a plant that is four times larger than its current facility just down the road. Hino intends to invest $100 million in the new operation, and the first trucks should roll off the assembly line in 2019. The Toyota subsidiary intends to bring cab assembly operations over from Japan to better localize production. If everything goes as planned, employment at Hino's West Virginia operations will almost double by 2020, from approximately 300 to 550.

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