The release of its new Dual Control truck range sees Isuzu focusing on the waste industry in a much more concentrated way. This refocus may have been stimulated by uncertainty around the future of models like the Iveco Acco.
The latest announcement from the top selling truck brand in Australia is the launch of an all new Dual Control waste and refuse truck line-up with four models available (plus wheelbase options).
Developed in Australia and based on the FSR 140-260 4×2 Dual Control model, the new, expanded dual control range features Isuzu axles, multi-leaf steel spring rear suspension, dual circuit air over hydraulic front and rear drum brakes with ABS, Allison LCT 2500 transmission and ISRI 6860 with integrated seatbelt in both left and right hand driver positions.
The new 16,500 kg and 24,000 kg GVM dual control models feature Hendrickson airbag rear suspension, which delivers substantial tare weight advantages – a key advantage over competing brands.
The new FVZ dual control models use Isuzu’s 6-rod and trunnion taper leaf type rear suspension, offering cross-articulation for work in arduous terrain, for example at a waste processing facility.
Other key components in the FVD, FVZ and FVY Dual Control models include Meritor axles, with the FVZ and FVY featuring the MT44-144 rear axle tandem set with driver-controlled inter-axle lock and cross-locks on both axles.
Brakes are Meritor Q-Plus dual circuit full air ‘S-cam’ front and rear brakes with auto slack adjusters and ABS as standard.
“We’re extremely pleased to be able to bring additional factory dual control solutions to market,” said Les Spaltman, Isuzu National Sales Manager. “Many would be aware of the discontinuation of some of the more traditional, go-to truck models in this sector. In response, we have a highly competitive, low tare weight solution on offer, one which ticks some key boxes for Australian operators.”
All Isuzu dual control models also come equipped with Allison automatic transmission as standard equipment, from the LCT 2500 Series in the FSR, through to the rugged 3000 Series in the FVD model and the 3500 Series in the FVZ and FVY 6×4 variants.
The instrument panel has been duplicated on the left-hand driving side and both driving positions feature air-assisted steering wheel height adjustment for complete driver customisation and control. The design also retains existing cab electrical harnessing, with ‘plug and play’ additional wiring harnesses.
Fresh safety elements include interlocks for control change overs, safety yellow grab handles and steps, along with Isuzu’s existing safety suite including ABS, RHS driver airbag and cornering lamps for urban laneway safety.
“What we’ve worked really hard to develop with these new models is a compelling total cost of ownership argument for Isuzu,” said Les. “Lower tare weights bring improved productivity and payload. And when you add the commonality of parts we’ve developed with our F Series range, the equation really adds up in favour of our customers.
“These trucks have been designed specifically for Australian conditions and industry need. We have incorporated proven efficiencies across our engines, driveline and chassis componentry, wheelbase options and in-cab appointments, making this dual control line-up extremely competitive on a number of fronts.
“We know that when it comes to the waste and refuse industry, reliability, economy and durability are non-negotiables. We believe these new models have these qualities in spades.”