Truck of the Year


With COVID-19 and its challenges still pressing on, August has been a tough month, no doubt about it. So let’s start by giving three cheers to our local businesses, our truckies and everyone doing their part in keeping our country moving.

In times like this a little entertainment and a good news story wouldn’t go amiss, so without further ado we bring you the winner for August in Isuzu’s Truck of the Year competitionElmat Electrical and their NLR 45-150 Servicepack X!

Congratulations to Matthew Elliot of Elmat Electrical, who receives an Isuzu Trucks merchandise pack up to the value of $300.

Elmat Electrical now enters the Truck of the Year Grand Prize pool, vying for the ultimate Grand Prize—a tidy $6,000 Visa cash card—and also stands the chance to win an additional $1,000 Visa cash card if they’re crowned King of the N, F, FX/FY or Giga Series.

With only three months left to enter the competition, it’s time to stake your claim. Enter your Isuzu online today!

Click here to see the full terms and conditions of the competition.


Matthew Elliott reckons his NLR 45-150 Servicepack X is in the running for the brightest truck in Wendouree, Victoria, and it’s hard to disagree! Making a striking first impression in an electric blue body wrap, this Servicepack X with genuine Isuzu bullbar enables Elmat Electrical to tow their mini excavator or scissor lift, while carrying all their tools and stock to clients in rural Victoria. The Elmat team love the compact design of the Servicepack X, allowing access to narrow driveways and car parks without compromising on necessary payload. “It’s a must-have for any tradesman,” said Matthew. “And it fits down the Maccas drive-thru too…”


This NLR 45-150 with TC-AMT does it all for BRM Solid Plastering, said owner Matthew Boucher. Bringing quality solid plastering and rendering services to Melbourne residents, Matt noted his NLR’s practical fit-out boosts productivity, with enough space and pulling power to easily handle anything he throws at it. “The truck can fit all our tools and tons of materials without batting an eyelid. It’s such a practical set-up, I wish I’d done it years ago!”


Having operated in south east-Queensland and northern NSW for over 30 years, the folks at Graham House Removals know the moving business inside out. And they’ve invested in a fleet of NPR 45-155 Tradepacks to help them get the job done safely and reliably. With two Tradepacks serving as tool trucks and another two as pilot vehicles on the road, Ian Graham said the team enjoys the versatility of the Tradepack, and the 114kW @ 2,600 rpm power of the 4-cylinder Isuzu 4HK1 engine. “These trucks carry all our equipment and are also a versatile escort vehicle, helping our oversize loads navigate the roads, keeping motorists safe.”


Looking slick in a smooth black-and-blue wrap, this NPR 45-155 Tradepack stands out from the pack, helping Narellan Concreting bring out-of-the box concreting solutions to customers in NSW. With heavy-duty aluminium tray, headboard and ladder racks coming standard, the NPR Tradepack is built tough—and backed by three years factory warranty and roadside assist. “It’s an Isuzu,” noted owner Raymond Puckeridge sagely. “What else could you want?”


It’s been 18 years on the road, but this NPR 400 (NPR 75-190) is still faithfully delivering all-round carpentry services with Casey Construction. Owner Jarrod Casey has only good things to say about the NPR, with the legendary reliability of the N Series high on his list of regards. “My business depends solely on the truck to get me, my employees and our equipment all over Victoria. With the power and reliability of Isuzu behind the show, it’s truly the heart of my business,” enthused Jarrod.


This NPR 55-155 looks super sleek, pictured here with genuine Isuzu bullbar and towing a trailer cage for renovation specialist Shane Brooks from Kustom Built. With a hefty 9,000 kg GCM, the sturdy NPR helps Shane stay on top of the game, handling heavy payloads—such as in waste and rubbish removal, carting building tools and materials—with ease. “It’s efficient and the technology in the cab is fantastic, but my favourite part of owning an Isuzu is that the truck itself speaks volumes about the standards I set for my business… The NPR exudes quality and is a symbol of professionalism for my business,” said Shane.


Born and bred in high country Cooma, NSW, John Crisp is passionate about keeping things local with his home building business, Invogue Homes. Needing a work vehicle that could handle both the daily grind and the harsh climate—without compromising on comfort—John invested in a brand new FRR 107-210 Tipper with genuine Isuzu bullbar to help him out and he couldn’t be happier with his new ride. “It’s the best truck we’ve ever owned, we couldn’t do without it! It gets us to work in style, comfort and safety every day without fail,” said John.