Hino Motor Sales Australia has presented the championship-winning TRD rally team with a new Hino 4568 SS 1E 700 Series heavy-duty truck.

Hino's sponsorship of the Toyota team was first evident when the company's signage appeared on the front-running Corollas of Simon Evans and Neal Bates at the most recent Australian Rally Championship round in Canberra.

The team now has a striking new rigid pantech to match.

TRD's 700 Series is an SS model, powered by a 13-litre, six-cylinder engine producing 331kW at 1800rpm and 2157Nm at 1100rpm.

It weighs in at a GVM of 28,300kg and a GCM of 68,000kg.

TRD team boss and truck driver Neal Bates says the 700 Series is ideal for his rigid pantech application.

"It is a fantastic looking truck," said the three-time ARC champion, "and it is just perfect for what we need.

"It will be carrying all of our supplies, parts, spares and tools all over the country, so we need a sturdy and reliable truck - a truck that we can count on.

"Hino has been kind enough to supply a truck with all of the bells and whistles - it really looks like a tough truck.

"Our first journey from the workshop in Canberra to the Barossa Valley in South Australia proved how good a truck this is going to be for us - we had no problems and the thing ran perfectly for the entire time.

"The team is really excited to have Hino join us - it is a very ambitious company, just like our team, and we look forward to growing the relationship in the future."

Hino's divisional manager of marketing, Alex Stewart, says Hino and TRD are an obvious match.

"Going to a rally is something that is totally different to anything else in motorsport, much less other sports," he said. "That is an attractive point of difference for us.

"TRD is currently the country's most successful and iconic rally team.

"Being associated with a team as dominant and hard-working as TRD can only reflect positively on Hino.

"We are thrilled to become a part of TRD, and wish Neal and his crew many, many hours of pleasurable driving in the Hino."
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