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The Hino Champion is back with LITTLE MONSTER

On the Dawn of New Year 2021, it is a great news that Dakar Event 2021 will commence on January 3, 2021 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Despite all pandemic odds, Government of Saudi Arabia and Dakar management took the bold step to go ahead with this great event on Saudi soil.

The rich tapestry of landscapes in Saudi Arabia offers an almost infinite number of permutations to give the route of the Dakar a better flavor. Just as 2020 was a quest of discovery, the 2021 route will be a journey of exploration. Everything will be brand-new, with a completely different route from last year. Furthermore, the fastest sectors, where the difference comes down to raw power, have been trimmed to see the real skills of man and machine.

Hino Team Sugawara, the only Japanese truck brand is ready to take on the challenge again this year on the back of its stellar performance of participating and completing the race since 1991 without fail. Team Sugawara in fact will defend the prestigious title its hold for being No 1 in under 10 liters category for the last 11 years consecutively. Hino has consistently braved this rally with its lightweight and agile medium-duty trucks since the company first entered the race. The competing Hino 500 series medium-duty excellent mobility trucks is a “Little Monster” as fitted with AO9C-TI engine displacement of 8.9 liters, maximum power of 750 PS/2600 rpm and torque of 236 Kgfm/1200 rpm.
Hino Team Sugawara proudly happy to participate in this year’s race in Saudi Arabia. Mr. Teruhito Sugawara has stated “last year’s rally was a very tough race, but it was an eye opener, Saudi Arabia is such a beautiful country that is worth exploring, we proved that our truck still has the potential to conquer the Rally”.


Tsusho Jamjoom Trading Company (TJT), the wholesale/retailer of Hino Trucks in Saudi Arabia anticipates Hino team will turn new leaf of history. Hino participation and winning is a great testimony of QDR (Quality, Durability and Reliability) of its technology and innovation. Like Dakar Truck, all Hino trucks are based on same QDR principle and that’s why Hino – the global brand for all customers are reaping the true benefits of possessing Hino vehicles all along extended operating life.

Recent News

Mon, 2021-01-18
STAGE12・GOAL: HINO500 Series Truck Finishes at Jeddah in 12th Place Overall. Seizes 12th straight win in the Under 10-litre Class.

On Jan 15, contestants raced the final SS of Dakar 2021 set between Yanbu en route to Jeddah on the final stage of the event, and then took a liaison to reach the finish line in Je

Sun, 2021-01-17
HINO Team Sugawara Conquers Dakar Rally For The 12th Time

In 2021, the world toughest rally was held again in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This time, the route was completely different with great expanse of the 2 million square kilometer,

Sat, 2021-01-16
STAGE11: Truck Finishes Last Long Stage at 13th Place. Prevails over 80 km of dunes error-free.

Here we are on Jan 14 with two more days to go in Dakar 2021 competition. This day, contestants raced a long 464-km SS out of AlUla in the central western part of Saudi Arabia and

Fri, 2021-01-15
STAGE10: 13th Place Finish After Smooth Racing in Intermountain SS. Team thoroughly inspects truck for the last long SS of the event.

The stage on Jan 13 took contestants from Neom to AlUla.

Thu, 2021-01-14
STAGE9: Crew Finishes Brutal, Persistence-Testing Stage at 10th Place. Trouble-free day apart from one punctured tire.

Yuji Mochizuki winds down at the bivouac HINO500 Series truck gets a good wash down at the Neom bivouac On Jan 12, Dakar 2021 met contestants with a 465-km SS