What made the challenge even tougher is that it occurred at a time when Hino SA had built out the previous Hino 300-Series 611 model and was ramping up production at its Prospecton plant near Durban, of the all-new 300-Series where the nomenclature has changed to 614 in line with a change in specification.
This meant the production team at Bulugaya Engineering had to work with two different cabs, as one of the major changes on the new Hino 614 is a totally new-look cab that has a strong family resemblance to the Hino 500- and 700-Series models. This meant Bulugaya had to build the last Hino 611 CIT vehicles, using the previous generation cab, as well as the first to build such a unit using the all-new 614 model. Three of the vehicles were built on the 611 chassis-cab and four on the new 614 underpinnings.
Bulugaya has been building bullet resistant armoured vehicles for the CIT industry since 2004 and has built more than 300 of these units, most of them on Toyota Dyna 4-093 or Hino 300-Series chassis-cab platforms.