Truck of the Year


As we creep towards the end of the year (and what a year it’s been!), the grand final of the Isuzu Truck of the Year competition is rapidly approaching, with everyone’s eyes firmly set on the ultimate prize—a $6,000 Visa Cash Card.

A big thank you to all our entrants this month, it’s great to see the Isuzu N and F Series bringing easier days for businesses Australia-wide, from metro deliveries to off-road service work.

Our hearty congratulations go out to Absolute Engineering and their NPR 75-190 for taking the crown for October Truck of the Month!

Absolute Engineering receives an Isuzu Trucks merchandise pack up to the value of $300 and also goes in the running to win an additional $1,000 Visa cash card if they’re selected as King of the N, F, FX/FY or Giga Series.

There’s only ONE month left to enter the competition… so don’t miss out on your chance at the title and enter your Isuzu online today!

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


Engineering, cooling, line boring, precision machining and 24/7 breakdown service—Absolute Enterprises can do it all—with their help of their Isuzu NPR 75-190, geared-up and ready to bring off-road and emergency services to customers in need. In the sweltering climate of Mackay, Queensland, Absolute Enterprises needed a truck that could withstand heat and hold up under pressure, and Ash Grabham thinks the NPR 75-190 fits the bill nicely. “It’s reliable, built strong and has plenty of power to pull a 4.5 tonne gooseneck trailer to digger shutdowns,” said Ash.


Pictured here at a quarry working for Sunraysia Hose and Hydraulics (otherwise known as the Enzed Hose Doctor, Mildura), the NPR 55-155 with genuine Isuzu bullbar and 5,500 kg GVM certainly makes a good case for Australia’s toughest light-duty service vehicle. Adam Gust praises the NPR’s “go-anywhere” capabilities and says the truck never lets the team down. “Being on call 24/7, we need the reliability of Isuzu every time we go out on a job. It’s just an awesome, go-anywhere truck.”


Built on Isuzu’s legendary F Series cab chassis, this FRR 110-260 with 6-speed auto transmission is looking mighty fine on the clock with E&A Donato & Sons. Featuring power of 191 kW @ 2,400 rpm and generous torque of 761 Nm @ 1,450 – 2,400 rpm, the FRR is perfectly suited for tough, medium-duty applications such as towing and freight haulage. “This is my second Isuzu, and I will not hesitate to buy another one for my next update,” says Enzo Donato. “It’s a great truck and plenty of power and torque—ideal for my application.”


“It runs like a dream and our customers love it too!” says Luke McFayden from Nuflow Bathurst, about their NLR 45-150 Servicepack with genuine Isuzu bullbar. And what is there not to love about it? This smartly wrapped and appointed Servicepack helps Nuflow Bathurst bring all services pipe and plumbing to residential and commercial customers in the area, handling their tools and equipment with ease, even on the busiest days. “Our favourite part is the space for roof racks and the cage on the top,” Luke added.


Craig Smith is a bloke who knows his way around a vehicle, having worked as a head mechanic with the V8 supercars circuit. Now running Smith’s Speed Works, Craig has enlisted the NQR 87-190 Crew Cab with tray body to help bring high-end restorations, car builds and parts fabrication to clients around Wagga Wagga, NSW. Featuring a GVM of 8,700 kg and Isuzu’s fully Automated Manual Transmission (AMT), the NQR 87-190 is designed for the grind, and Craig has no worries putting the truck through its paces every day. “It’s super comfortable to travel in and has plenty of power and great features, not to mention a great build quality,” said Craig.


Offering expert tree lopping and stumping services in the Northern River region of NSW, Chris Hackett requires a truck that can take a bit of rough and tumble, all while towing a 3.5 tonne tree chipper daily. Purchased in 2005, this NPS 300 4×4 (NPS 75/45-155 4×4) has served Chris well, getting the job done without a hitch over the past six years. “It’s a great truck… and I’d love to have a new one, cheers!” noted Chris cheekily.


We’re feeling a bit nostalgic, seeing this NKR 57 with tray body in tip-top shape on the road with Christos Grigoriadis in Victoria. The NKR 57 was a popular choice for busy operators between 1985 and 1995, and commonly seen delivering goods and services across Australia. Christos holds his tough N Series truck close to heart and obviously takes pride in preserving his piece of Isuzu history. “My Isuzu NKR 57 is unmatched in reliability, and you won’t find a better one in Australia. It brings a reputation for reliability and an image which reassures my customers,” Christos explained.