March 6, 2014
Isuzu, celebrating the 30th anniversary of Isuzu trucks in the U.S. market, welcomed the NPR Eco-Max to its N Series lineup.
Isuzu says the allowable frontal area of the 12,000-lb. GVWR NPR ECO-MAX has been increased for the 2014 model year from 6.92 square meters to 7.4 square meters (7.86 square meters with air deflector). As a result, non-air-deflector equipped models can now handle bodies with inside heights of up to 85 in. (an increase of six inches) without application approval from Isuzu. Meanwhile, models equipped with the air deflector can accommodate bodies with inside heights of up to 91 in. with Isuzu application approval.
In addition, the 151-in. wheelbase ECO-MAX model offers a dual fuel tank option for the first time. Isuzu says the additional tank is side mounted and carries 33 gallons of fuel. Although pricing has not yet been announced, it is expected to be equivalent to the dual fuel tank option already available on Isuzu NPR-HD, NQR and NRR models.
The NPR ECO-MAX and all 2014 and 2015 Isuzu N-Series diesel models, receive a new AM/FM stereo radio with CD player. The new system includes simplified controls and a standard auxiliary jack input and USB port to accommodate the latest audio technology, the company says.
“These changes make the NPR ECO-MAX more capable, versatile, flexible and convenient than ever, meeting the needs of a wider variety of owner-operators, drivers and vocations,” says Sean Skinner, Isuzu vice president of sales.
The company also announces it will extend its 24 Month/60,000 miles covered maintenance program to all diesel models sold through June 30, 2014. The changes were announced this week during Isuzu’s continuing celebration of the 30-year anniversary of Isuzu trucks in the U.S. market.
Additionally, all-new NPR-HD, NQR and NRR models offer new 19.5-in. Bridgestone M895 low rolling resistance tires for improved fuel efficiency without sacrificing strength or durability. M895 tires incorporate: stone ejector design that helps protect against stone drilling for enhanced casing durability, closed shoulder design for increased wear life, dual sidewall protector that resists cuts and scrapes, and reinforced steel casing for long life and retreadability.
For the new 2015 model year, the 4J 3.0-liter 4 cylinder turbo-diesel engine will adopt the Denso air conditioning compressor already found on the legendary Isuzu 4H 5.2-liter 4 cylinder turbo-diesel engine, the company says.
Standard on all 2015 NPR-HD, NQR and NRR models is the same state-of-the-art audio system also featured on the 2014 NPR ECO-MAX.
“The upgrades to our 2015 NPR-HD, NQR and NRR trucks will add to their reputation for efficiency, ruggedness, driver comfort and environmental friendliness,” adds Skinner. “Together with the NPR ECO-MAX, these trucks constitute the best lineup of Isuzu diesel models ever offered through 30 years in the U.S. market.”
Mitsubishi Fuso rolls out new Canter, FE130
The company’s newest Class 3 entry gets a 700 pound bump in GVWR and body/payload capacity over the FE125 model that it is replacing.
Todd Bloom, MFTA’s president and CEO says the boost in GVWR is actually the second part of a program to expand the utility and versatility of the company’s Class 3 line.
“We added a long-wheelbase option to our 2014 model FE125 as a running change in the fall of 2013,” Bloom says. “The new 169.3-inch wheelbase option allows installation of 20-feet bodies — which greatly expanded the cargo volume capabilities of our lightest truck.”
The company notes that a 700 lb. increase in body/payload capacity, particularly when coupled with the long-wheelbase option, significantly improves the efficiency of the truck, allowing drivers to carry more in each trip.
“That 700 additional pounds,” Bloom says, “means two more zero-turn landscaper mowers or 700 lb. more mulch per trip. Or 33 additional cases of soda, 560 loaves of bread or 1,806 bananas.”