Toyota’s Dyna model has been classified as a medium commercial vehicle since its introduction into the South African marketplace in 1965. Now, with a redesigned chassis offering a 50kg weight reduction, the vehicle boasts a GVM of 3500kg, thus classifying it as a Light Commercial Vehicle.

Ernie Trautmann, vice president of Hino South Africa, says this change in category for the Dyna came about due its normally-aspirated 3.0-litre diesel engine not being electronically-controlled, resulting in the vehicle not being able to be fitted with a tamperproof speed limiter as is the case with the Hino 300-, 500- and 700-Series trucks.

Recent government regulations call for medium, heavy, and extra-heavy commercial vehicles to be fitted with speed limiters, with MCV’s limited to 100km/h, while heavy and extra-heavy vehicles will be limited to 80km/h.

“The alternative to changing the Dyna’s category would have been to withdraw it from our range, which we did not want to do as it is a popular model for a wide variety of operations,” said Trautmann.

“We have taken this opportunity to upgrade the Dyna in several important aspects. The revised Dyna is equipped with ABS as well as being fitted with the narrow cab used for certain Hino 300-Series models. The front panel is now one piece instead of three and incorporates new designs for the grille and bumper, while the headlamps are halogen with multi reflectors.

“There is a new design for the interior with a restyled dashboard, improved seat material and cup holders for the driver and front passenger.

“Being categorised as a light commercial vehicle means the Dyna will require only a Code B drivers’ licence. The truck will no longer have to undergo annual certificate of fitness testing, which is a further benefit for operators.