Hino Jidōsha K.K. Is a Japanese manufacturer of diesel trucks, buses and other vehicles based in Hino (Tokyo). Hino is part of the Toyota Group.
Automobile Industry Co. Ltd. as the automotive division of Tōkyō Gas and Kyodo Kokusan K.K. joined Tokyo Automobile Industry Co. Ltd. in 1937. In 1941 the company changed its name to Diesel Motor Industry Co. Ltd.
In 1942 the Hino plant was split off and Hino Heavy Industry Co. Ltd. was born. This is the year of formation of Hino. Initially, trucks and military vehicles were created. The production program was expanded with buses and cars were also produced for several years. The first car was a license building of the Renault 4CV as a right-hand drive.
In 1966 the close cooperation between Hino and Toyota began. Now Hino focused on the construction of medium and heavy trucks and buses.
In 2001 Toyota had 50.46% stake in Hino, which made Hino subsidiary of Toyota.