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HYBRID TRUCK A FIRST FOR SICO
A NSW-based specialist manufacturing company has acquired a Hino 300 Series Hybrid to reduce its carbon footprint, save costs and benefit its clients.
SICO South Pacific, whose head office is in the US, purchased the 300 Series Hybrid 616 IFS as its first company-owned truck in Australia.
Purchasing manager Andy Lovis said the arrival of the new 300 Series Hybrid meant SICO could transport its own products to Wollongong and Port Macquarie rather than using external carriers, leading to a new level of operational efficiency.
"The additional benefits of the Hino Hybrid meant we could transport our products more quickly, which is good for our business," he said.
"The Hino truck offers a significant suite of safety features - like its dual SRS airbags and vehicle stability control - something very important to fleet operators these days.
"As a company, SICO is working hard to bridge the gap between supplying sustainable, earth-friendly product solutions and constructing products that represent good value for our customers - and the Hino Hybrid is a perfect fit for our operations," he said.
Mr Lovis said the purchase of a Hino Hybrid tied in with the company's commitment to minimising its impact on the environment.
The Hino Hybrid has an auto stop-start system to save fuel by shutting down the engine when the vehicle is stationary (which the driver can choose to switch off).
The Hino 300 Series Hybrid features SRS airbags, four-wheel ventilated disc brakes with ABS brakes, electronic brake-force distribution and vehicle stability control - all as standard equipment (as per Hino's entire 300 Series range).
The Hino 300 Series Hybrid's exhaust emissions easily exceed the requests for Euro 5 and actually meet the EEV (Enhanced Environmentally Friendly Vehicle) standard which, combined with the Hino Hybrid fuel consumption and subsequent emissions-reducing technology, makes it arguably the cleanest light duty truck on the Australian market.
When it came to selecting their new vehicle, Mr Lovis said Hino really helped out by demonstrating the best truck for their purposes.
"We have been impressed with all the features of the truck including the reversing camera and comfortable driver's seat, which has its own suspension," he said.
Since 1951, SICO has provided its customers with a range of mobile folding and rolling, space-efficient tables, stages, dance floors and many other products that help customers get the most out of their available space.
Article from: www.hino.com.au