Baby Of The Bunch

Diesel News got a chance at test driving N Series models released by Isuzu. The first cab off the rank is baby of the bunch, an NLR 45-150 fitted with a van body. Outward appearance is little changed over the previous N Series, with new badge work and larger turn signal repeaters on the doors being the most visible difference. For more than a decade the N Series cab has been a great example of functionality and space efficiency with...

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An International Trucks Deal, Autonomous Trucks, Low Fuel Volvo and a New UD

The headlines this week include An International Trucks Deal, Autonomous Trucks, Low Fuel Volvo and a New UD, plus a top Isuzu dealer award, in Diesel News.     Volvo Trucks’ new concept is claimed to drastically boost productivity in long-haul operations. The Swedish truck maker reckon it cuts fuel consumption by more than 30 per cent. There is said to be a 40 per cent improvement in aerodynamic efficiency on the prime...

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N Series AMT is Much Improved

Since it first saw service in Isuzu trucks back in 2005, the The N Series AMT is much improved. For many, the first generation AMT left a bit to be desired in terms of shift quality and smoothness and this issue was addressed with the release of the 2nd generation unit in 2007. This was achieved largely through the use of a new linear solenoid arrangement and more efficient transmission to engine communication. By this stage the AMT...

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Light Duty Powering Ahead

The headlines from the latest truck sales figures show light duty powering ahead, according to the 2016 truck sales numbers published by the Truck Industry Council. The TIC Sales figures showed truck and heavy van sales for the 2016 calendar year were 32,964 units. The numbers reveal healthy sales at the bottom end of the market for light duty trucks combined with solid sales for much of the year for medium duty and even the heavy...

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No More Smoke and Mirrors

Truck launches have traditionally required loud rock music, along plenty of smoke machines and bright lights. Times are changing! This video  was made at the recent launch of the new F Series medium duty models from Isuzu. Apparently, the new thing is a high tech projection, with a completely white truck and background used along with an innovative design. One of the most eye-catching parts of the show is the way the truck receives a...

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Reducing Road Congestion for Trucks

Research has shown collaborative freight systems could achieve a cost saving in excess of 25 per cent for freight operators. Software and programming researchers at Melbourne’s Monash University have been analysing a unique method of optimising city road networks through a system of shared delivery transfer stations for collaborating freight organisations. The main supplier of trucks to this segment of road transport, Isuzu, has been...

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