Hino Australia has expanded its dealership network with the opening of a new dealership in Sale, in Victoria’s Gippsland region.
The new location will be headed up by dealer principal David Turnbull.
Richard Emery, vice president brand and franchise development for Hino Australia, welcomed him on board. “We warmly welcome Gippsland automotive stalwart David Turnbull and his family-led team to Hino – in addition to running a successful Toyota dealership for over 30 years in Yarram and Sale, David hails from a family with a rich automotive heritage spanning four generations over 70 years in the Gippsland region,” he said.
“Gippsland is a region best known for its primary production such as mining, power generation and farming, which are industries that our Hino range of light, medium and heavy-duty trucks are particularly suited to.”
Turnbull said he is enthusiastic about joining the Hino network. “Having owned and operated Hino trucks and buses for over 60 years as part of our Turnbull Hire business and rural school bus operations, we identified an exciting opportunity to further expand the Turnbull Group to open Turnbull Hino, a full-service truck dealership in Sale,” he explained.
“We have always been impressed with the quality, durability and reliability of Hino products, and are very excited to now offer these products to the broader Gippsland community.
“The Turnbull Group is focused on supporting our local community – our goal is to provide better support to our local transport industries and trades that would have previously travelled hours to Melbourne for sales, servicing and repairs,” he continued.
Conveniently located on the busy Princes Highway in Sale, the purpose-built, brand-new facility is in a prominent and easily accessible location.
“Planning began for the new building three years ago, and throughout the build we focused on using as many local tradespeople as possible.”
The Turnbull Hino dealership features an impressive, indoor showroom with a comfortable guest lounge, large parts storage facility, seven service bays and a wash bay.
For added customer convenience, the dealership offers undercover driveway drop-off for servicing.
An official opening was held recently and attended by key officials including Emery, in addition to loyal Turnbull Group customers who were also able to experience the Hino National Roadshow.
The Hino convoy is travelling over 130,000 kilometres around the country this year, bringing its full range of next-generation trucks, valued at over $3 million, to a diverse selection of cities and towns.
The Roadshow is the biggest-ever joint undertaking between Hino Australia and its dealers.
“The concept of the Hino Roadshow is fantastic and was a perfect way to celebrate our official opening,” said Turnbull.
“We showcased vehicles from across the 300, 500 and 700 Series range, while also celebrating 80 years of Hino globally.
“The entire model line-up has received significant enhancements over the past five years, and it is a terrific opportunity for our new customers to see a selection of award-winning light, medium and heavy-duty trucks,” he concluded.
Hino Australia’s dealership network of sales and service centres now encompasses over 65 locations nationwide.