Japan’s Hino Motors is reportedly considering producing large freight trucks in China in collaboration with a local manufacturer according to a Kyodo News report.

The medium and heavy-duty commercial vehicle maker is looking at increasing its investment in China in response to the sluggish market at home and bright prospects for freight truck demand in China.

Hino president Tadaaki Jagawa Hino also reportedly said that the company aims to more than double its global sales to about 150,000 trucks and buses in 2010. As well as increased sales in China, it was also suggested that the company could expand its business in North America.

Hino is owned 50.1% by Toyota Motor Corp.

Last year a business alliance between Scania and Hino was announced. The two companies are exchanging know-how in emission control and looking at the possibilities of using Hino’s new seven-litre engine in some Scania vehicles. It is also likely that the two will move to a reciprocal product distribution deal in certain territories.