Earlier this year, Hino announced their intent to produce medium- and heavy-duty Hino trucks with Cummins engines for sale in North America by the end of 2021. This month, Hino delivered the first of these vehicles to Penske Truck Leasing at a ceremony in their plant in Mineral Wells, WV as start of production ramps up.
“We opened the doors of our new manufacturing facility in Mineral Wells a couple of years ago to support increased demand and product configurations. Today, we are able to leverage this state-of-the-art manufacturing capability to be innovative and meet the needs of our customers. It’s exciting to see the first of such innovations go to Penske Truck Leasing who has been a long-time partner of Hino Trucks.,” said Bob Petz, Sr. Vice President of Vehicle and Parts Sales for Hino Trucks.
Members of Hino Trucks and Cummins were on hand as they presented Paul Rosa, Senior Vice President of Procurement and Fleet Planning for Penske Truck Leasing, with the key to the first truck.
“We have a long-standing relationship with Hino and they have been a trusted supplier of high-quality trucks within our truck leasing and truck rental fleets for over two decades. We look forward to incorporating these vehicles into our fleet and we continue to appreciate the outstanding support Hino provides,” said Rosa.
“The quick integration of Cummins B6.7 and L9 engines into the Hino L & XL Series trucks is a testament to the flexibility and collaboration between our teams,” said Amy Boerger, Cummins’ Vice President and General Manager, North America On Highway. “We’d like to congratulate Hino Trucks on the start of production, and Penske Truck Leasing on taking possession of the first Hino L Series powered by Cummins.”
The truck delivered is a 22MY L Series, powered with a Cummins B6.7 engine and is part of Hino’s line-up of Class 6 & 7 conventional trucks that have an industry reputation for providing the lowest cost of ownership in its class and new safety features. Hino Trucks was recently awarded Price Digests highest retained value award for the highly competitive Medium Duty Trucks with Conventional Cab & Chassis category. Hino’s L Series also has an entire suite of safety systems including Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Collision Mitigation System (CMS) Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Active Cruise Control (ACC) and a driver’s seatbelt sensor to protect customers mile after mile.