Hino has competed in the Dakar Rally since 1991, with the Ranger FT 4WD truck driven by the Japanese rally driver, Yoshimasa Sugawara. He always finished in the Top 10 in Camion Category. For 17 straight years, Hino always won the under 10,000 cc class, and captured 1st overall in the 1997 event.
The Hino Ranger KL was introduced in Japan in 1969. In Australia, it was sold as Toyota KL300. The Ranger KL-series were offered as short wheelbase KL300, medium wheelbase KL340 and KL350, as well as long wheelbase KL360 and KL380. The Ranger line-up spawned into KB, KR, KQ, and other models. Engines are 4.5 liter DQ100 and 5.0 liter EC100.
Early models have round headlights, facelift models come rectangular headlights.
Japanese model production ended in 1989, Indonesian model lasted until 2003.
Models in Indonesia are FF172, FF173, FL176, FM226, and SG221. The FF and SG were marketed as Super Ranger, the FL and FM are Jumbo Ranger.
In Japan, this generation was marketed as Cruising Ranger, Rising Ranger and Space Ranger.
- Light Truck: FA, FB
- Light Medium Truck: FC, FD, FE, GD
- Medium Heavy Truck 4x2: FF, FG
- Medium Truck 4x4: FT, GT, GX
- Tractor Head: SG
Hino entered three Ranger FTs in the 1997 Dakar Rally, and results were 1-2-3 Overall in the Camion (Truck) Category.
In North America, Hino did not use the Ranger name for its medium truck. The US models are FA1517, FB1817, FD2320, FE2620, FF3020, SG3320, and SG3325. The first two digits indicate the Gross Vehicle Weight Ratio (GVWR), and the last two digits refer to engine power. FA1517 means the smallest truck with 15,000 kg GVWR, and around 170 bhp.
The third generation Hino Ranger was not sold in Indonesia, since the second generation was manufactured locally until 2003.
Marketed in Japan as Ranger Pro, or Hino 500 Series for export. Retain the Super Ranger and Jumbo Ranger names in Indonesia. In Malaysia, it's called Validus.