Hino debuts Class 7 city tractor version of 338

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Hino Trucks has joined with Fontaine Modification to introduce a Class 7 city tractor version of its Model 338 straight truck. The single-axle tractor is powered by Hino’s 260 HP J-Series engine and features choices of two wheelbases (144-inch WB/76.6-inch CA or 151-inch WB/83.6-inch CA), an Allison 3300 RDS automatic transmission and Meritor 21,000-pound rear axle with Hendrickson air suspensions or 23,000-pound rear axle with spring suspension.

“Fontaine brings a long history of first-class design to this effort,” says Nick Vermet, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Hino. “We see this tractor as the first of many projects we can do together that allow us to meet end-user requests.”

The 338 City Tractor package includes the specified wheelbase, tractor/trailer brake and electrical connections, optional vertical exhaust, tapered rear frame, back-of-cab access, a Fontaine fifth wheel and Fleetline spray suppression components including stainless-steel quarter fenders, mudflap brackets and mudflaps. Wabco trailer ABS control and a single air horn also are standard. The truck will be a Hino data book option offered with Hino’s standard warranty provisions.

“The Hino 338 is a great platform for this type of conversion,” says Wade Roskam, Fontaine’s vice president of sales and marketing. “We’re excited to be part of Hino’s entry into this market segment.”

Hino Motors Sales U.S.A. is the Detroit-headquartered distribution arm of Hino Motors Ltd., based in Tokyo. HMS sells and services a full product line of Class 4-7 medium-duty trucks through a nationwide dealer network. The company assembles its products in Long Beach, Calif., and operates a national parts distribution center in Southaven, Miss. Toyota owns controlling interest of Hino Motors Ltd. For more information, go to www.hino.com.

Fontaine Modification, a member of the Marmon Highway Technologies group, has provided services to class 5-8 OEM truck manufacturers, dealers and end users since 1979. Fontaine modifies medium- and heavy-duty chassis to meet specific niche market applications. Core product families include dual driving station modifications, fleet in-servicing and intermediate and postproduction option content. The company offers services on a “ship-through” basis. For more information, go to www.fontainemod.com.