Truck of the Year

June 2020: Truck Of The Year Entrants

Moving into the middle of winter, we say g’day to a fresh batch of Truck of the Year entrants with their red hot trucks!

Our entrants for June are certainly outstanding, and as we enter the second half of the year, the competition for the 2020 Truck of the Year Grand Prize—and associated bragging rights—is anything but cooling down.

This month we congratulate Built by Henry and their NNR 45-150 Traypack Crew Cab, topping the list to take home an Isuzu Trucks merchandise pack up to the value of $300.

Built by Henry also goes in the running to win the ultimate Truck of the Year Grand Prize—a tidy $6,000 Visa cash card, as well as an additional $1,000 prize if their truck is crowned as King of the N, F, FX/FY or Giga Series.

So, what are you waiting for? The crown could be yours. Enter your Isuzu truck online today.

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


Henry Wabwile from Built by Henry understands the importance of getting the job done quickly and well. That’s why he’s invested in the NNR 45-150 Traypack Crew Cab with AMT. Henry says business efficiency has improved tenfold with the dual cab NNR Traypack, giving the gift of one-trip-only site visits. “One trip to deliver materials, tools, safety equipment and the team to worksites, minimising cost and time wasted,” he said happily. And with a Euro V emissions standard rating, Henry notes the NNR has delivered positive results for the environment too by helping to reduce the company’s carbon footprint.


Let’s take a moment to admire the snazzy orange and blue wrap on this NPR 45-155 Tradepack with Isuzu’s automated manual transmission (AMT)—not to mention that commitment to trailer wrap! James Sharvell from 2 Brothers Plumbing and Gas says the NPR Tradepack is the best thing they’ve bought for the business so far, increasing their efficiency by no longer needing to race back to base for specialty tools or extra equipment.


Eco Electric Solutions knows all about upgrading gear to roll with the times, that’s why they recently invested in the nifty NLR 45-150 Servicepack X to help them deliver solar and electrical solutions to customers all over New South Wales. Chris Andersson says ample storage under the gullwing doors, ladder racks and the extra back tray makes carting and finding their tools a total breeze. “The Servicepack X is the ultimate work vehicle,” said Chris. “It’s been an incredible upgrade from our company ute!”


Abortech Tree Services trust in the ever-reliable NPR 300 (NPR 65-190) in their fleet of three to help deliver quality tree management and expert arborist services to clients across South Australia. Owner Judy Knight affectionately dubs it her “Little Lady Truck”, with the NPR’s compact size manageable for both maneuvering and cleaning—without compromising on payload. “It’s so agile when moving in client’s yards and driveways and looks so shmick as it leaves the yard for another day,” said Judy.


Rogers Energy Services have hit on a winning combo for their civil services business: they’ve coupled the tough Isuzu FYJ 300-350 with dual control steering and an 8,000-litre vacuum unit. Used primarily as a vacuum hire truck, it’s pictured here in outback Queensland, where it’s become very popular with staff and customers alike, said owner Joel Rogers. “We love the clearance and the ruggedness of the FYJ.”

“Drives just like a car,” Paul Richey of Richey Fencing said sagely of his FRR 107-210 Tipper. Simple words for a simply great truck, Paul! Equipped with Isuzu’s four-cylinder 4HK1 engine, the FRR Tipper generates 154 kW @ 2,400 rpm and torque of 726 Nm @ 1,600 rpm, meaning there’s more than enough grunt to get the job done, whether it’s handling off-road conditions, tipping and carrying loads or towing the excavator and bobcat.


Trend Tiles Inverell is dedicated to supplying the good residents of Inverell in New South Wales with the latest trends in tiles and tiling products. And with the help of their trustworthy NLR 45-150 Traypack with Isuzu’s AMT to deliver pallets of tiles, it makes doing business that much easier and safer, said Josh Gartshore. “We can fit two standard pallets on the Traypack, which halves the time we previously spent fitting only one pallet on a trailer. Having an AMT to drive around town that can park anywhere also makes life easier.”


Looking just as good from the rear as it does from the front, the NLR 45-150 Tipper owned by Raymond Bouassi runs beautifully and has never let Raymond down. And with the legendary reliability of Isuzu and experienced hands at Gilbert and Roach (Huntingwood) backing operations, you wouldn’t expect anything less. Featuring the ability to be driven on a regular car licence and an impressive payload offering for its size (at 8,000 kg GCM), the NLR Tipper is suited to just about any task as an all-round trade solution —from construction through to excavation and landscaping .


Providing specialty tiling services for domestic and commercial clients in Brisbane calls for a transport solution that can load and lug heavy equipment, especially up those suburban hills. And when appearance matters too, nothing beats the slick, silver Ready-to-Work NPR 45-155 Tradepack with Premium upgrade, said Jacob Bull from Bull Tiling. Looks aside, the Premium NPR Tradepack has an impressive list of features including Isuzu’s AMT, Isuzu Electronic Stability Control (IESC), cruise control and an underbody-mounted 23-litre water tank and soap dispenser. But the best thing about owning an Isuzu truck? “The nighttime service option offered by the dealership,” said Jacob.


Reliable. Workhorse. These are just two of many words that spring to mind looking at this 1992 FSR 500 (FSR 120-260), owned by Claire Kapernick. The FSR 500 has stood by Claire and her farm since the beginning and she said it hasn’t skipped a beat in the last 28 years. “It’s delivered hay in all kinds of weather and it puts in long hours during the day delivering, then continues the job at night,” Claire said. And the work doesn’t stop at deliveries—the FSR is also involved in the rest of the farm’s operations, whether it’s planting, fencing, building or harvesting. Claire has been so pleased with the performance of FSR that she’s ordered a brand new FRR 110-260 to last another lifetime.