Using SAE-type standardized fuel tests conducted by a third-party, Hino Motor Sales USA said its Class 6 2011 Model 268 averaged 19.8% better fuel economy than a comparably equipped 2011 International Durastar.

Conducted by DWS Fleet Management, the SAE type III/TMC test was run under real-world conditions on I-10 near Ontario, CA, in mid December, according to Hino. The 86-mi. route was run five times and included both urban and highway roads chosen to reflect conditions encountered under normal fleet operations, the company said in a press release.

Hino’s 2011 models have moved to selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology to meet EPA’s new 2010 diesel emissions requirements. Along with cleaner exhaust, Hino’s proprietary version of the SCR-based emissions control system has also improved fuel economy without affecting reliability, the company said.

“We know fleet managers are looking very closely at fuel costs these days, but Hino’s value story goes much deeper than the fuel pump,” said Glenn Ellis, vp of marketing and dealer operations. He pointed out that the company won last year’s J.D. Power and Assocs. awards for the medium-duty truck engine customer satisfaction study for the third year in a row, as well as the medium-duty truck customer satisfaction study.