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The annual Nampo Harvest Day show in the Bothaville area in the Free State is considered the most important show in South Africa by Hino South Africa, one of the country’s leading truck manufacturers. This year marked the 51st staging of this massive agricultural extravaganza by Grain SA.

Hino NAMPO 06 2017“We sell about a quarter of our Hino trucks to the agricultural and related sectors,” says Leslie Long, senior manager of Marketing and Product Planning at Hino SA. “Success in this market segment is long-running. It all started when Hino Trucks were introduced to South Africa by Toyota in 1972 as Toyota already had a strong presence among farmers with its range of bakkies,” adds Long.

Speaking at the show, he went on to explain that Nampo (originally organised by the National Maize Producers’ Organisation in 1974) provides an excellent opportunity for interaction with current and potential customers with very few “tyre-kickers.” This year, as is usual, several of the Hino trucks on the stand were sold off the stand.

This year Long said a big push was made to promote the fact that the 1,5 t Dyna was now rated as a light commercial vehicle and can be driven by holders of a normal driving licence which opens more potential buyers. In addition, Hino SA, and its Post Production Operations facility in Prospecton can offer four standard bodies on the Dyna chassis, consisting of a panel van, “Tautliner”, dropside tipper and dropside which cuts delivery time. An example of the dropside tipper was on display and was sold off the stand.

A new derivative of interest to farmers is the 500-Series Hino 1322 with four-wheel drive and the option of single or dual rear wheels with the single wheel model resulting in significant fuel consumption benefits in sand driving. Previously this model was only available with dual rear wheels.

A Hino 1626 which is the bread-and-butter freight carrier in the range and popular with farmers was fitted with a cattle-rail body. It was also sold off the stand. Two examples of the Hino 700-Series extra-heavy duty range were on display, one was a 6x4 truck-tractor and the other was the range-topping 3541 8x4 tipper.

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