Japanese Truckmakers 2007 domestic market shares

Market share in calendar year 2007

Maker Hino Mitsubishi Fuso Isuzu Nissan Diesel Total
Trucks 28,909 19,082 27,101 13,936 89,028
Market share 32.5% 21.4% 30.4% 15.7% 100.0%

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Isuzu Calendar 2008 March, April

Isuzu Calendar 2008

WASP 1963

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Hino Motors Holds Arkansas Plant Grand Opening Ceremony

Hino Motors Manufacturing U.S.A. Inc. (HMM), a U.S. manufacturing subsidiary of Hino Motors, Ltd. (Hino), held a grand opening ceremony at the site of their Arkansas Plant (Marion, Arkansas) at 11 a.m. on February 7th local time (1 a.m. on February 8th Japan time).

The big ceremony was attended by special guests including The Honorable Mr. Mike Beebe, Governor of Arkansas, The Honorable Frank Fogleman, Mayor of Marion, The Honorable William Johnson, Mayor of West Memphis, Mr. Seiichi Sudo, president of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. (TEMA), and representatives of all customer companies and local related companies. From Hino Group, Mr. Shoji Kondo, president of Hino and Mr. Yasuo Tanigawa, president of HMM attended. read more »

A.S.O. cancels the 2008 edition of the Dakar rally

Dakar LogoAfter different exchanges with the French government – in particular the Ministry for Foreign Affairs – , and based on their firm recommendations, the organisers of the Dakar have taken the decision to cancel the 2008 edition of the rally, scheduled from the 5th to the 20th of January between Lisbon and Senegal’s capital.

Based on the current international political tension and the murder of four French tourists last 24th of December linked to a branch of Al-Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb, but also and mainly the direct threats launched directly against the race by terrorist organisations, no other decision but the cancellation of the sporting event could be taken by Amaury Sport Organisation.

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Hybrid Concept Mitsubishi Fuso Canter Eco-D Clip

Canter Eco D Concept Hybrid

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Isuzu Calendar 2008

Isuzu Calendar

The First-generation ELF 1963

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Scania is marketed by Hino in Japan

Hino Scania

Scania and Hino join forces in the heavy segment of the Japanese truck market. Hino’s truck range caters for all transport segments from delivery vehicles up to trucks with gross weights around 40 tonnes.

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2008 Dakar Rally: Hino Team Sugawara

Rally Hino Ranger Pro

Hino Motors to enter the 2008 Dakar Rally aiming at its 18th consecutive course finish and a victory in the under 10-liter class.

Hino will participate in the truck division of the Dakar Rally (commonly known as the Paris-Dakar), the most grueling offroad race in the world, which is scheduled to start on January 5th, 2008. With two medium-duty trucks Hino Ranger Pro, Hino is aiming at completing the course for the 18th consecutive year and a victory in the under 10-liter cubic capacity production truck class.

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The Dakar lexicon

The Dakar is an endurance and navigation between Lisbon and Dakar for the cars, trucks, bikes and quads, including 15 stages.

Stage – a course to cover between two cities. It includes a special as well as one or two liaison sections, according to the days.

Special – It is also called a timed section. It’s the portion of a stage, covered on or off course, on which the competitors are timed between two time checks. The time registered on this section will be used to establish the standings.

Liaison – It’s the section, normally on tarmac, used to reach the start of a special and the then the finish bivouac of a stage. It is not timed but the competitors have to cover it in a maximum time.

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2008 Dakar Rally

2008 Dakar Rally2008 Lisboa – Dakar Rally

Motorbikes, cars, and trucks on one side; African villages, forests, and Sahara desert on the other. What seems a shocking contrast is actually a step towards the future. Dakar is an inspiration that brought the two worlds together and enabled them to build a special relationship. It speaks not only of sports, but also of purpose; this taste for adventure, and for a little-known continent, gave rise to a unique machine that provokes human emotion.

The 28-year old relationship between Dakar and Africa has now matured. It has blossomed from a friendship into an alliance between two adults who have decided to share in the work as well as the celebration.

Africa is immense and profoundly diverse. Dakar has been exploring it at its pace since 1979, writing history with each country it crosses.The rally’s heritage is a series of solid anchor points that link together to build the event, and the city of Dakar – a major African capital and the final goal for most rallies – is a natural symbol.

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