Dyna shifts gear into light commercials

  • Truck favourite slims down to LCV
  • No more annual road tests
  • More comfort for driver and passenger
2017 TOYOTA DYNA: Image: Toyota SA / Quickpic
2017 TOYOTA DYNA: Image: Toyota SA / Quickpic

The Toyota Dyna truck has been reclassified to rate now as a light commercial instead of medium, as it has been listed the South African market since way back in 1965.

The chassis has been redesigned to be 50kg lighter so the vehicle now has a GVM of 3500kg which – voila, an LCV.

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Ernie Trautmann, vice-president of Hino SA, says this change in category happened because its non-turbo three-litre diesel engine is not electronically controlled so cannot be fitted with a tamperproof speed limiter as with the Hino 300, 500 and 700Series trucks.

2017 TOYOTA DYNA: Image: Toyota SA / Quickpic
2017 TOYOTA DYNA: Image: Toyota SA / Quickpic

Government regulations now require all medium, heavy, and extra-heavy commercial vehicles to be fitted with speed limiters which dictate a top speed of 100km/h; heavy and extra-heavy trucks will be limited to 80km/h.

‘SEVERAL UPGRADES’

Trautmann explained: “The alternative to changing the Dyna’s category would have been to withdraw it, which we did not want to do. It’s a popular model for a wide variety of operations.

“We’ve also upgraded the Dyna in several important ways.”

They include:

  • Anti-lock brakes
  • The narrow cab from the Hino 300 Series
  • One-piece front panel and redesigned grille/bumpers
  • Halogen headlights with multi-reflectors.
2017 TOYOTA DYNA: Image: Toyota SA / Quickpic
2017 TOYOTA DYNA: Image: Toyota SA / Quickpic

“There’s a new design for the interior,” Trautmann added, “with a restyled facia, improved seat upholstery and cupholders.

“Being categorised as an LCV means the Dyna will require only a Code B drivers’ licence and the truck will no longer have to undergo annual certificate of fitness testing, a further benefit for operators.”

2017 TOYOTA DYNA: Image: Toyota SA / Quickpic
2017 TOYOTA DYNA: Image: Toyota SA / Quickpic
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