A Hino 300’s traction is taken to the limit on the Hampton Downs skid pad
Hinos on track HINO HAS SPENT A DAY PUTTING ITS CURRENT range of trucks to the test at the Waikato’s Hampton Downs motor racing circuit. But the Hino Track Day wasn’t at all about high speed, nor competition. It was all about allowing trucking industry invitees to get a hands-on experience of the entire Hino model range – getting a feel for the latest technology in a safe, controlled environment. Hino GM Michael Doeg says that “with so many models available, Hino trucks are used everywhere and for everything in New Zealand” – the track day (now in its third year) is “the perfect way for our visitors to try the full range, and find out for themselves first-hand the benefits and world-leading features they have.” Guests also had the opportunity to test Hino’s Vehicle Stability Control on a skid pan, try out Hino’s hybrid and new Euro 5 technology – and take
part in a reversing challenge, with the winners claiming hot laps of the Hampton Downs track in a V8. Says Doeg: “The technology we develop for our trucks is constantly evolving, and not all of our customers are aware of the new additions. Features like our Vehicle Stability Control and reversing cameras mean that Hino vehicles are offering international-level safety packages, alongside first-class performance and fuel efficiency.” Guests also got the first look at Hino’s just-launched Wide Cab 500 Series models. Adds Doeg: “This event gives us a great opportunity to get to know our customers better and learn from their feedback in person. Hino’s proud to be part of NZ’s trucking community for more than 50 years, and that relationship is what fuels our pursuit to always be the best partner we can for our customers.” T&D
Next step in Kawerau inland port plan A PLANNED INLAND PORT AT Kawerau, designed to transport shipping containers to the Port of Tauranga by rail rather than on trucks, has taken another step forward – with international port logistics company ISO Ltd selected as its preferred operator. The Kawerau Container Terminal has been identified as a significant growth opportunity for the town and the wider region. And its feasibility is supported through the Toi Moana Bay of Plenty Economic Action Plan, which identifies and supports a range of short to mid-term opportunities (up to 10 years) that could increase investment, employment and incomes in the region. The project is being facilitated by the Bay of Connections locally, working alongside central government – with the support of local councils and others who backed a research project into the viability of the proposed terminal.
Bay of Connections portfolio manager Cheryl growing businesses and increasing incomes and Lewis says that research “found that jobs. the inland port would improve “It also showed social benefits, supply chain efficiency and that environmental benefits with the reduction 88% of containers would be of CO2 emissions by as much as five to six thousand tonnes per annum, improved better off on rail when travelling road safety and a decrease in highway to the Port of Tauranga. maintenance costs, with 80 fewer trucks “For the most likely case, a day on State Highway 2. using the container terminal “The benefits to the wider and train from Kawerau region are undeniable, and could save $100-$150 per it’s a great example of the container. region working together, “The economic along with government, to impact would equate to help progress a regional an estimated saving of economic development between $1.85million initiative. It’s extremely and $2.77million per exciting to see the year for various industry project progress to the sectors – savings which Cheryl Lewis next stage.” T&D would likely be redirected to Truck & Driver | 21