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Seven months into 2020 and records continue to be broken, some positive and others more challenging.

The economic impacts of COVID-19 and the associated government stimulus packages has seen the previous high-water marks for truck sales across the industry well and truly passed.

For Isuzu, this has equated to record sales across the light and medium market segments and a huge surge in demand for its perennial favourite—the Ready-to-Work range.

Since first paving the way in the early 2000s with a range of well-specified and thoughtfully appointed trade workhorses, Isuzu Trucks has continually expanded and refined the line-up.

“We’ve long focused on catering to the growing demand from trades, local government and Australian businesses generally, for a smartly specified and comprehensively appointed total truck and body package that a customer put straight to work as soon as they drive it away from the dealership,” said Isuzu Australia Limited (IAL) National Sales Manager, Les Spaltman.

“We are truck specification and engineering specialists and the market knows that Isuzu trucks are the market-leading product.

“We’ve been delivering the trucks and models that countless Australian businesses have relied on over the past three decades and our Ready-to-Work models have been a key ingredient,” he said.

The first of the true Ready-to-Work models were tippers and were originally introduced into Australia in the early 70s.

“Our tippers have been the backbone of our Ready-to-Work range, and we are approaching a very significant sales milestone for these Japanese-built tippers in the next 12 months,” Les said.

Anticipating market needs

“Achievements aside, we’re always looking at these models to see how we can provide even better solutions for our customers.

“The recent release of our new NMR models is a perfect platform, and we’re pleased announce the launch of the NMR 60/45-150 Tipper and NMR 60/45-150 Tri-Tipper, both available in AMT and manual transmissions,” he said.

“The unique Tri-Tipper was a hit when we first released the NLR variant of this model in 2017, and we’ve introduced the 6-tonne GVM version of the Tri-Tipper and the standard Tipper variant in response to market demands for a light-duty tipper with increased payload capacity.

The brand-new NMR 60-150 model offers operators the additional 500 kg payload over the previous NLR 55-150 Tipper models, while remaining true to the versatility and flexibility quintessential to Isuzu Trucks—ensuring the same ease while manoeuvring through tight spaces and confined sites—thereby offering customers the best of both worlds.

Featuring the tried and tested 4JJ1-TCS Isuzu engine, rated at 150 PS (110 kW) @ 2,800 rpm and 375 Nm @ 1,600–2,800 rpm, NMR Tipper models are available at 6,000 kg GVM and with an optional de-rate of 4,500 kg GVM for car licence drivers.

The NMR Tippers also benefit from Isuzu’s Electronic Stability Control (IESC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Anti-Skid Regulator (ASR), driver and passenger airbags and Hill-Start Assist (HSA) for manual models—all of which offer drivers peace of mind every time they turn the engine over.

Isuzu tippers also come standard with many features considered extras on competitor models, including rope rails, auto-release body lockdown hook and two-way tailgate, and to top it off, the truck and tipper body are covered by the manufacturer’s 3-year warranty.

Two-pedal operating ease

Both the NMR Tipper and Tri-Tipper models are available with Isuzu’s impressive torque-converter automated manual transmission (TC-AMT) and rugged, high-quality ShinMaywa steel tipping body.

Cubic capacity for both models is 2.0 m3, while the innovative Tri-Tipper features the ability to tip the load to the rear, left or right.

“The Tri-Tipper had immediate appeal when we first released it a couple of years ago and we know that the additional capacity of the NMR cab chassis opens this great model up to even more operators,” Mr Spaltman said.

“The standard NMR Tipper also holds great appeal across the market with the combination of payload, efficiency and manoeuvrability with its narrow-cab footprint.

“We’re looking forward to finding homes for these super-productive models over the coming months,” he said.