Toyota Dyna rebranded as Hino 200

Toyota’s longstanding Dyna has been rebranded and incorporated into the Hino model range

Reuben Van Niekerk
Toyota Dyna
Hino
Hino 300

The popular Toyota Dyna light truck will in future be sold as a Hino 200 series. In addition, the Dyna 150 becomes the Hino 300-310, with the 3 signifying its 3-ton load capacity, and the 10 denoting a 100-horsepower engine. This change comes as responsibility for the Dyna range is shifted from Toyota to within the Hino range.

 

When it arrived in 1965, the Dyna was the first truck to be offered for sale by Toyota South Africa. To date more than 50 000 Dynas have been sold in an uninterrupted run of 56 years, making it one of the longest running vehicle nameplates on the local market.

 

Throughout the years the Dyna has proved extremely popular in the medium truck segment and has built up a reputation for productivity, reliability and durability. One of the Dynas biggest selling points is the fact that it slots into the below 3 500kg GVM category, which means the driver only needs a B-type or Code 8 to legally drive a Dyna.

 

The Hino 200 310 will continue to be sold in this classification category and changes are merely cosmetic. Updates include a Hino badge above the front grille, flanked by badges bearing the Hino name and 200 series designation. The grille has been updated to reflect the Hino family styling. The 310 models will be denoted by a decal on the leading edge of the lower doors.

 

Inside story

Inside, the steering wheel has been treated to Hino branding. The instrument panel has been redesigned for improved visibility and readability, which includes a larger speedometer with revised information and warning lights together with and LCD monitor.

 

New practical features include a reverse buzzer and the fitment of a Bluetooth radio, which permits safer, hands free, cell phone usage.

 

Under the bonnet

The powertrain remains unchanged with a normally aspirated 5-litre diesel engine that develops 66kW at 4000rpm and 192Nm at 2000rpm. A five-speed manual gearbox transfers this power to the rear wheels.

 

Availability

The Hino 200-310 will be sold countrywide by the network of Toyota dealers as well as Hino truck dealers, as has always been the case with the Dyna.

 

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