Isuzu gets trucking for 2019
There was plenty to see at Isuzu Motors’ recent mini truck show at Gerotek, from 8x4 compactors and crew cabs to a diesel-electric model
It’s been a busy few weeks for Isuzu Motors SA’s truck division, which seems to be throwing its weight behind re-establishing itself as a leading brand in the heavy-mover sector and introducing new models.
Highlights at the show held for dealers and fleet clients included some pretty significant launches, with the local debut of the Isuzu FY-Series 8x4 models, which now expands to 36 Isuzu F-Series models on a GVM range for the heavy and extra-heavy vehicle market from 8.5- to 16.5-ton GVM, plus the over-16.5-ton GVM segments.
There was plenty of other things to see, too, with manufacturer and supplier stands offering a variety of bespoke body builds, crafty modifications that can be applied to Isuzu’s wide range of cargo carriers, and even an official old Isuzu engine and transmission rebuilder. The event’s unique setting of a test track allowed visitors to drive or be driven in some of the trucks on various sections of the Gerotek’s terrain.
An Isuzu diesel-electric hybrid model and an alternative fuel model were also on show, though Isuzu has not decided whether it will sell the hybrid here.
Also debuting at the show, the N-Series now offers seven crew cab models: three at 5,200kg GVM, two at 6,200kg GVM (including one 4x4 model) and two at 7,500kg GVM. The F-Series has three crew cab models all at 13,500kg GVM, including one Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) model and a lone 4x4 model.
This transforms the range to payloads from about 1.5 tons up to about 4.5 tons, depending on cargo body mass. Furthermore, the N and F Series range benefits from a key-operated central locking system and power windows, while range-topping AMT models also get a 24V radio and speaker system with CD player, Bluetooth connectivity and a USB port.
Spurred on by a local municipality’s inquiries, the truck company also used the show to display a new pair of 26,000kg GVM refuse compactors for the top-line F-Series, available with both manual and automatic transmissions.