Over the past 12 months, commercial vehicle manufacturer Isuzu Truck UK has established a strong foothold on the Isle of Man, following the appointment in 2010 of B&C Engineering Ltd as its main dealer on the island. The latest two Isuzu rigid vehicles, operating out of Douglas, have recently gone into service within a 10-strong vehicle fleet at well-established Manx building company Norman Cowin Ltd.
The two-vehicle order from Cowin’s required an Isuzu N75.190 7.5 tonne tipper for general building work, and an Isuzu F180.300 18 tonne rigid, the latter being specified with a hook-loader body and equipped with a crane mounted immediately behind the cab.
Having taken delivery of its first ever Isuzu trucks, Mike Cowin from Norman Cowin Ltd said, "We have always thought that Isuzu had a good reputation for reliability and payload, however their rise to prominence on the island in recent times prompted us to take a much closer look, when the time came to change two vehicles within our fleet."
Mike Cowin continues, "We believe that these two new Isuzus will give us excellent long-term service. The 3-year standard unlimited mileage warranty on both vehicles was a key factor in the decision to switch from our incumbent truck suppliers to Isuzu. Also, it has to be said that, during the vehicle acquisition negotiations, the service we’ve received from B&C Engineering has been excellent and with great attention to detail."
The Isuzu 7.5tonne tipper is being used for the collection and removal of materials for various sites being developed by Cowin’s. The drivers find that the vehicle’s overall compact footprint enables them to easily access many of the smaller sites on which they are working. In the meantime, the larger Isuzu 18 tonne hook loader is being used for transporting and uploading heavy items such as machinery, scaffolding, mini diggers and pumps, as well as general skip loading work all over the island.
"Without doubt, the well renowned advantages of the Isuzu truck range, in terms of payload, reliability and versatility, are attracting the interest of transport operators on the Isle of Man. We believe the decision we made in 2010 to be the first commercial vehicle manufacturer to appoint a full sales, service and parts dealership on the island is now paying dividends," said Keith Child, marketing director at Isuzu Truck UK.