Hino 700 Profia Parts On the road
Ergonomics were first-rate, with all controls and switches in easy reach. I particularly liked the mirror control layout, with well-separated knobs for the spotter and plane mirrors.
The pedal actions were well-matched. The go-pedal wasn’t too heavy or light and didn’t ‘bounce’ engine revs on rough roads. The stop-pedal action was powerful and progressive, but needed only for final stopping, thanks to the power of the Intarder.
The engine was highly responsive at our test weight of only 21 tonnes and fuel economy for Sydney-Brisbane of 3.14km/L reflected its effortless performance. However, our previous tests at 42.5 tonnes gross mass showed that 2848 was often happy with a half-gear downshift on highway grades and even in steep country I didn’t even need more than a whole gear drop at a time.
Warm weather didn’t provoke the fan into action at the low test GVM and on previous 42.5-tonnes-GCM tests it rarely kicked in. (When it did, it was much quieter than the fan in the 500 Series!)
2848 got up to highway cruising speed quickly and hit the ton with around 1700rpm on the clock. Gradeability was excellent and freeway undulations were handled in 16th most of the time.
Handling was well-controlled and predictable, with little cab sway, but the steering felt a tad light, without much cornering force feedback. The ride quality was very smooth.
The vision was as good as it gets. Large glass areas with triple windscreen wipers and superb, shake-free mirrors combined to give an excellent view of the outside world.