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Isuzu Top Brass Tread The Boards At 2019 Tokyo Motor Show

Key personnel from Isuzu Australia Limited (IAL) attended the 46th Tokyo Motor Show 2019 on behalf of Australia’s market-leading truck brand.

Director and Chief Operating Officer, Andrew Harbison, and National Sales Manager, Les Spaltman, were this week joined by other senior IAL staff in attending the key international automotive event in Japan’s capital.

This year, the Tokyo Motor Show carried the theme of ‘Open Future’, and the IAL leadership team were on hand to experience this year’s Future Expo event, featuring cutting-edge technologies from a range of different global providers.

The Australian contingent also spent considerable time within the Future Mobility Encounters and Connected Mobility exhibitions, and of course took the time to get up close and personal with the latest from Isuzu Motors Limited Japan (IML).

“It’s always a great to have the opportunity to visit Japan and it’s equally as exciting to be able to attend the Tokyo Motor Show,” Mr Harbison said.

“We take the mantle of market leader very seriously, and it’s critical for decision makers within our business to have firsthand access to the latest thinking, theory and innovation.

“It’s intriguing to see which direction the industry is headed, and fantastic to see the latest technology and innovation coming out of our parent company.

“A standout feature at this year’s event was the Future Energy venue, which provided an excellent insight into the evolution of hydrogen and other fuel cell technologies.

“It’s a fair argument to say that this brand of innovation represents the future of our industry, so it was extremely important to get sense of what future mobility services might look like.”

The IML stand showcased five vehicles in total, including its flagship Giga prime mover; the FL-IR concept vehicle; a revamped ELF; a zero-emission, next-generation EV ‘walk-through’ van; and the ERGA DUO articulated bus.

Of interest to IAL representatives was the latest incarnation of the incredibly successful Giga model range. This year’s display model boasted an array of safety upgrades including pre-crash braking technology, blind spot monitoring, as well as adaptive LED headlights.

The new Giga also features a revamped cruise control system in 2019, which uses a millimetre-wave radar to measure the distance from a preceding vehicle for additional safety at any speed.

Mr Spaltman said the evolution of Isuzu’s key prime mover was exciting to see.

“We’re always interested in developments at the heavier end of our global product range, and the Giga on display in Tokyo was impressive to say the least.

“With the prospect of a partnership between IML and Cummins in the wings, we’ll continue to closely watch the innovation of the Giga into the future,” he said.

Isuzu’s new ELF EV Walk-through Van also turned heads in Tokyo, with the brand presenting a world-first, next-generation light delivery vehicle with some compelling features.

The design takes full advantage of its EV architecture by allowing for a walk-through structure, providing greater access for its operator. This ease of access, combined with 3D Surround Multiview periphery monitoring technology, all equates to greater efficiencies in the urban pick-up and delivery realm.

In another world premiere, Isuzu’s striking FL-IR autonomous concept vehicle was revealed in Tokyo, designed to give showgoers a glimpse into the future of long-haul road transport.

“Being on the ground at events like the Tokyo Motor Show, you get a real sense of the breadth of innovation underway around the world. It’s an exciting and inspiring experience,” Mr Harbison noted.

“We’re committed to ensuring the best possible solutions are on hand for our customers, and attending this year’s Tokyo Motor Show event has been validation we’re on track.”