Hino Motors is the leading manufacturer of diesel trucks, buses and other heavy- and medium-duty vehicles in Japan. The company was founded in 1973 in Tokyo and is part of one of the world's largest conglomerates, Toyota Motor Corporation, along with Daihatsu and Lexus.
The history of the company dates back to the creation of Tokyo Gas Industry Company in 1910, the same year its bitter rival Chiyoda Gas was born. The two enterprises competed vigorously for dominance in the gas lighting market. Tokyo Gas Industry acted as a component provider for Chiyoda Gas, but it ultimately collapsed and merged into Tokyo Gas two years later. With its largest customer gone, Tokyo Gas Industry expanded its manufacturing range, including electronic components, and was rebranded as Tokyo Gas and Electric Industry, or TG&E, often mentioned as Gasuden.
The new company's first bike, the Model TGE "A-Type" truck, hit the market in 1917. Two decades later, TG&E merged with Automobile Industry and Kyodo Kokusan to form a large automobile concern they named Tokyo Automobile Industry, with the Japanese electronic parts builder as a shareholder. In 1941, the company was rebranded as Diesel Motor Industry, a name that eventually changed to Isuzu Motors.
It wasn't until 1942 that a separate entity of Hino Heavy Industry left the concern, and the Hino brand appeared. This moniker came from the name of the city the headquarters of the new firm was located in. At the end of World War II, Hino dropped large diesel engine production for marine use and removed "Heavy" from its name. Instead, the company concentrated on making heavy-duty trailer-trucks, buses and diesel engines, and that's when the word "Diesel" was added to form the final version of the brand name.
In 1953, Hino made a debut in the private car market by producing licensed Renaults and eight years later, it began manufacturing its own Contessa 900 sedan equipped with a large 893cc rear-mounted engine
In 1953, Hino entered the private car market when it started to manufacture Renaults under license, and in 1961 it began building its own Contessa 900 sedan powered by an 893cc rear-mounted engine. The car was followed by the Hino Briska pickup truck with a slightly enlarged front-mounted Contessa engine. In 1964, the Contessa series was revamped by Italian stylist Giovanni Michelotti that increased the engine capacity to 1300cc and mounted it at the rear of the vehicle. Equipped with two SU-type carburetors, the new sedan version packed 60hp, while the coupé version was capable of developing 70hp. In 1967, though, Hino shut down private car manufacture after becoming part of the Tokyo group.
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