Isuzu recently signaled that a major release is coming 1 September for its N Series light-duty truck range, claiming a new age of safety is approaching and customers are in store for the most compelling light-duty package ever to hit the Australian market. The N Series entered the Australian market in 1984, providing what Isuzu says was an attractive payload-to-power ratio and intelligent engineering that immediately resonated with businesses needing work-hard, work-smart trucks.
“The new N Series will set a new benchmark for the light-duty truck segment and prove once again that our customers can trust us to bring the best product to market,” says Les Spaltman, Isuzu Australia Limited national sales manager. “Our message is this: The best is about to get even better.”
Introducing The N Series
The 150- to 190-horsepower (110- to 140-kilowatt) N Series includes NLR, NLS, NMR, NNR, NPR, NPS, and NQR models variously available in single, crew, narrow, wide, and other cab variants and 4x4 and Ready-to-Work configurations. Trucks in the series range from 4,500- to 8,700-kilogram (9,920- to 19,180-pound) gross vehicle masses (GVMs). Transmission options include manual, automated manual, and automated manual with torque converter.
Isuzu introduced the Aero Cube cabin to the series in the early 1990s, and the first pre-bodied N-Series Tradepack model in 2003. The latter marked “the beginning of Isuzu’s domination with the phenomenally popular Ready-to-Work range,” Isuzu says, adding “the brand has never failed to hit the right balance of operator-friendly features with intuitive design.”
The Numbers Tell The Story
Isuzu says Australian Truck Industry Council figures show it’s leading the Australian truck market in sales so far this year with a 23.8% share based on 1,414 heavy-duty, 1,546 medium-duty, and 3,251 light-duty units sold. The latter figure puts Isuzu 30% ahead of its sales through the same period in 2020 and 20.8% ahead of 2018 record figures. Isuzu adds that its overall 2021 order book is up 16% year over year.
“Remaining at the top of a highly competitive market over 30 years has required not only a laser focus on product and customer but a nuanced reading of market conditions—no easy feat in the current state of play,” Spaltman says.