Four technically advanced trucks from four high profile companies form the centrepiece of the vehicle display on the Isuzu Truck stand at this year’s CV Show, with a selection of vehicles covering 3.5, 7.5 and 11.00 tonnes GVW that combine payload, proven reliability and innovative engineering – all backed by the company’s award-winning customer support programme CARE.
According to Keith Child, marketing director at Isuzu Truck UK; "For 2013, the CV Show will present us with a further opportunity to highlight the strengths of the current Isuzu truck product range, in terms of fleet operating benefits, impressive low running costs and unrivalled payload. We continue to offer our customers complete peace of mind by offering the best customer CARE and service in the business, plus of course all of our vehicles come with a three-year unlimited mileage warranty as standard,"
Representing Isuzu’s Grafter range is a 3.5 tonne N35.150 4×2 rigid in the colours of leading plant and tool hire company GAP Group. GAP has specified the twin rear wheeled model fitted with a dropside body and a rear taillift. By design, the Isuzu Grafter has one of the best towing capacities of any vehicle at this weight range and this latest GAP 3.5 tonner will shortly be joining a fleet of similar Isuzu vehicles in the company used for towing up to another 3.5 tonnes, predominantly plant on low-loader trailers.
At 7.5 tonnes, Isuzu leads the way with its popular Forward range of trucks that demonstrate unrivalled versatility and flexibility, together with impressive payload potential. On the stand will be two 7.5 tonners, one in the colours of national tool and equipment hire company HSS Hire, with the second vehicle belonging to high profile retailer and home delivery company Argos.
The HSS Hire Isuzu Forward N75.190 rigid will be specified with the popular Easyshift transmission system and incorporates many additional bodywork features, as it will be working on a specific rail maintenance contract. The Isuzu truck will be fitted with a 6.1m (20ft) PPS box body that has curtains fitted to the nearside only and a 1.5m rear taillift. Other safety features on this vehicle include the side scan system, reverse camera with in cab monitor, kerbside view lens on the nearside door window and wide view mirrors on both sides.
The second 7.5 tonne rigid on display, another Forward N75.190, will be a demountable-bodied vehicle that is scheduled to join the Argos nationwide home delivery fleet, with the Isuzu chassis having a specially extended 5.3m wheelbase. This truck is capable of handling a range of demount bodies up to 7.325m (24ft) in length, it is fitted with a Wheelbase Engineering ‘Seven-Five’ low-build demountable body chassis installation that has been designed specifically for Argos.
The Argos 4×2 rigid Isuzu on display will have a 24′ Bevan Series 21 demountable box body with an aerodynamic radius roof and barn type rear doors. One notable feature of the demount body is that the body panels are manufactured from a new composite material called Nidafont that is both ultra light and extremely strong and durable. The combination of the Isuzu 7.5 tonne chassis cab with the lightweight aerodynamic body enables Argos to achieve significant fuel savings and greater operational efficiencies on its multi-drop home delivery operation.
To accommodate the differing designs and heights of the current Argos demount body fleet, the Isuzu rigid will also be fitted with a Hatcher electronically adjustable roof deflector – the first time this traditional tractor unit product has been specified on a rigid truck. Saving both driver time as well as enabling greater on-the-road fuel efficiencies, the roof deflector identifies the height of the demount body when it is loaded and then lowers or raises itself automatically to the optimum height.
Completing the four-strong vehicle line-up on the Isuzu truck stand is an 11 tonne GVW Isuzu Forward F110.210 in the livery of Dorset recycling company Avon Material Supplies (AMS). The AMS Isuzu 11 tonner is also specified with the Easyshift transmission and has an all-aluminium dropside tipping body. Manufactured by Charltons of Dover, the bespoke tipper body on the vehicle features a Hiab radio remote control crane, complete with clamshell loading bucket.