Hino Trucks has announced its U.S. dealer network now includes 150 dealerships and that it plans to add up to 30 more locations during the 2007 fiscal year. The truck manufacturer attributes much of this growth to the success of its conventional truck model introduced in 2004.

Since that introduction, the company reported, Hino has gone from 84 U.S. authorized dealers to its current total of 150, an increase of 56% in less than three years. During that timeframe, the manufacturer said it sold over 16,000 Class 4-7 light and medium-duty trucks.

According to the company, the planned additional 30 dealerships are a result of continued high demand for new trucks and a growing need to expand its network to serve a growing population of trucks.

“Due to our sold-out situation last year, we were limited to the number of new dealers we could add,” stated Debbie Morello, dealer development manager for Hino Trucks. “Our plan for our 2007 fiscal year is to add dealer points in 35 priority markets, giving us a dealer point in each of the top 150 medium-duty markets in the U.S.”