Hino Motors, Ltd., commonly known as simply Hino, is a Japanese manufacturer of commercial vehicles and diesel engines (including trucks, buses and other vehicles) headquartered in Hino-shi, Tokyo.
The company has been the leading producer of medium and heavy-duty diesel trucks in Asia.
Hino Motors is a constituent of the Nikkei 225 on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation group along with Lexus and Daihatsu, and also a member of Toyota Group, one of the largest conglomerates in the world.
To sharpen its marketing focus to customers, in 1948, the company added the name “Diesel” to become Hino Diesel Industry Co., Ltd. In 1950 the heavy-duty TH10 was introduced, equipped with the all-new 7-liter DS10 diesel engine. An eight-tonner, this was considerably larger than existing Japanese trucks which had rarely been built for more than 6,000 kg (13,230 lb) payload.
In 1953, Hino entered the private car market, by manufacturing Renaults under licence. However, Hino ceased private car production very quickly in 1967 after joining the Toyota Motor Corporation group.