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Safety-focused Isuzu N Series

Safety-focused Isuzu N Series

NZ Truck & Driver News

 August 2021   

Isuzu is launching a new N Series range in New Zealand – giving its light-duty model a higher spec and a suite of new safety features.

The updated models will be available “from the third quarter this year,” Isuzu Trucks NZ advises.

General manager Dave Ballantyne says N Series trucks have a reputation for offering an impressive combination of clean yet powerful, fuel efficient engines, along with intelligent design – thereby delivering a comprehensive package for operators.

“They are renowned for all-round performance, driveability, comfort and reliability. Now, with the addition of an array of new safety features, the Isuzu N Series delivers on a range of ‘must have’ requirements demanded not only by corporate fleets but also smaller owner-operators.”

Many of the new safety features were once the domain of cars and European trucks, he says, but have found their way into light-duty trucks like the N Series – with its inclusions taking in electronic stability control, advanced emergency braking, distance and lane-departure warning, and hill start assist. 

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Isuzu is launching a new N Series range in New Zealand – giving its light-duty model a higher spec and a suite of new safety features.

The updated models will be available “from the third quarter this year,” Isuzu Trucks NZ advises.

General manager Dave Ballantyne says N Series trucks have a reputation for offering an impressive combination of clean yet powerful, fuel efficient engines, along with intelligent design – thereby delivering a comprehensive package for operators.

“They are renowned for all-round performance, driveability, comfort and reliability. Now, with the addition of an array of new safety features, the Isuzu N Series delivers on a range of ‘must have’ requirements demanded not only by corporate fleets but also smaller owner-operators.”

Many of the new safety features were once the domain of cars and European trucks, he says, but have found their way into light-duty trucks like the N Series – with its inclusions taking in electronic stability control, advanced emergency braking, distance and lane-departure warning, and hill start assist. 

The performance capability of the N Series has also been enhanced, with the new NMR model given a six-speed manual transmission and matching rear-axle ratio, improving gradeability and fuel consumption.

Higher-rated tyres (205/85R16) provide extra front axle capacity of 210kg and additional rear axle capacity of 380kg.

The enhancements are rounded out with updated headlights, including LED low-beam lights, which deliver a wider, brighter and deeper beam compared to halogen lights. Ballantyne says the new range builds on the model’s impressive heritage, with updates firmly focused on safety: “These enhancements stand the new model in good stead.” Drivers, he adds, will be thankful for them – “if and when required.”  


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