Isuzu Malaysia Sdn Bhd (Isuzu Malaysia) recently concluded the momentous delivery of 277 units of various models including light duty truck, medium duty truck and Prime Mover to key customer City-Link Express (M) Sdn Bhd (City-Link Express), facilitated and completed through its dealer Jumbo Arena Sdn Bhd (Jumbo Arena).
Part of the light duty trucks are equipped with the Isuzu Safety Plus platform, which extends four important safety features including Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), Anti-slip Regulator (ASR) and Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) Airbag.
With this truck delivery, City-Link Express becomes the first Malaysian customer to own the Isuzu Safety Plus in its fleet after the recent launch of the safety platform by Isuzu Malaysia on 1st September.
An official vehicle handover ceremony marked by ribbon-cutting and mock key presentation was held recently at Dataran City-Link Express in Jenjarom, Selangor. It was attended by the senior management and key support teams of Isuzu Malaysia, Jumbo Arena and City-Link Express.
The celebrated event was also made more significant with the flagging-off of several of the new City-Link Express trucks to symbolically augur in auspicious business growth.
City-Link Express was founded four decades ago in 1979 as Malaysia’s first courier company. Today, it is one of the leading integrated express, last mile delivery companies with a prominent brand foothold. The delivery of the new Isuzu trucks is envisaged to further strengthen City-Link Express’ existing fleet and to support the growth of its business operations in Malaysia.
Isuzu Malaysia Sdn Bhd recently inaugurated the opening of its very first medium and heavy-duty (MHD) truck dealership in East Malaysia.
Located in Kuching, Sarawak, this new MHD truck dealership named Dai Max Automobile Sdn Bhd offers sales, service and spare parts (under the 3S category), and convenient accessibility to customers’ truck drivers thanks to its geographically strategic site being near to industrial areas.
This new dealership occupies roughly 3,000 square meters in total area size, with the workshop taking up about 650 square meters.
According to Isuzu Malaysia, it has taken Dai Max Automobile Sdn Bhd about five years to complete this new dealership. The building is built according to the latest workshop design and the facilities allow easy manoeuvring of the trucks for service or repair.
In addition, there are three extra bays for light commercial vehicle and light-duty vehicle, and two extra bays for MHD trucks. The dealership also has ample parking spaces and efficient workshop layout for trucks that are waiting to be inspected.
Equipped with a team of well-trained and skilled technicians, Isuzu’s latest diagnostic tools and spare parts to detect or repair any issues, customers can look forward to experiencing minimum truck downtime and increase business efficiency.
Amenities such as family-friendly customer lounge, prayer room and complimentary snacks and beverages are also available for truck drivers to enjoy before they hit the road again once the truck is ready.
With this new opening, Isuzu Malaysia now has 11 MHD dealerships with 10 of it located at easy-to-access sites in various states in Peninsular Malaysia.
Isuzu Malaysia recently launched the enhanced ELF light-duty truck range that comes equipped with Isuzu Safety Plus platform featuring a combination of crucial safety system upgrades.
The enhanced ELF range is also B20 biodiesel compatible and comes with greater warranty than before.
The enhancements are available in 18 variants of the ELF, which ranges from 4-wheeler to 6-wheeler. With the introduction of the newly enhanced trucks, Isuzu now offers the widest light-duty truck range equipped with the comprehensive Isuzu Safety Plus platform and other relevant features to help truck operators run a safer, more productive and sustainable business.
The ISUZU Safety Plus platform is supported by four main safety features which include Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), Anti-slip Regulator (ASR) and Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) Airbag.
This enhanced ELF range with Isuzu Safety Plus is the first in its segment that offers the full benefits of Isuzu’s S.E.E Technology, which signifies the three core aspects of Safety, Economy and Environment. Here, safety is derived from being a market leader in introducing both active and passive safety features, economy from the extensive warranty offered and environmental care from the B20 biodiesel compatible technology.
The Isuzu ELF segment has enjoyed being the top-selling light-duty truck for the past 10 years in Malaysia, and the introduction of this new range is expected to perpetuate its market-leading position.
Featuring active safety aspects for maximum protection, the ABS safety feature in the Isuzu Safety Plus platform efficiently reduces the risk of skidding by preventing the wheels from locking up during braking on slippery surfaces. It helps to maintain traction with road surface, thus giving a more secure directional stability and solid handling for the driver.
Paired with the ABS is the EBD which functions by automatically distributing the ideal brake force for all wheels based on the weight of the load, road condition and speed. This feature maximizes stopping power by enabling a precise brake force distribution, giving the driver greater vehicular control.
The Isuzu Safety Plus benefit is further amplified by the ASR function, which has an on/off option that can prevent the wheels from spinning during slippery road conditions and cornering by increasing road traction. This increases the life span of the tires too.
In addition, a vital passive safety feature included in the ELF range with Isuzu Safety Plus is the SRS Airbag which reduces impact and injuries to the driver in the event of a head-on collision with a stationary or moving vehicle or object.
On top of that, the seat belt system presents two key functions to ensure utmost safety. Firstly, the Seat Belt Pre-Tensioner operates by retracting the belt instantly and removing the slack in the belt to firmly secure the driver. Secondly, the Seat Belt Load Limiter releases the webbing force gradually so as to not exert too much pressure on the driver’s chest, thus minimizing bodily injury in the event a frontal accident occurs.
More than safety features, the enhanced ELF range with Isuzu Safety Plus builds on proven technology and reliability and the trucks come readily compatible with B20 biodiesel renewable energy, as mandated by the government in line with promoting cleaner fuel to increase Malaysia’s energy security, improve air quality and the environment.
Customers who purchase the enhanced ELF range with Isuzu Safety Plus will get to enjoy extended warranty coverage of 5 Years or 200,000 km, whichever comes first. This extensive warranty coverage is one of the best in the market, demonstrating Isuzu’s commitment in extending solid and long-term support to its Malaysian customers and helping them to lower their overall operating cost.
Truck Venture Sdn Bhd, a new Isuzu Malaysia authorised dealer, has successfully made its first handover recently. An official handover ceremony was held at their showroom in Petaling Jaya, to commemorate the procurement of one unit of Isuzu ELF Light Duty 6-wheeler model by LOM Logistics Sdn Bhd.
LOM Logistics Sdn Bhd is a freight forwarding and transportation company, with its operation mainly focusing on the Water Transportation sector. The newly procured ELF Light Duty truck is a new addition to their current fleet, and is expected to strengthen their nationwide logistics presence.
The procured unit, an Isuzu ELF Light Duty 6-wheeler, offers ‘Smoother’ – Isuzu’s original automated manual transmission (AMT) that provides a more efficient and smoother driving experience, aside from reduced maintenance costs, improved fuel efficiency and a higher level of safety, resulting in a more cost-effective operation for businesses in the long run.
During the handover ceremony, Koji Nakamura, Chief Executive Officer of Isuzu Malaysia Sdn Bhd, took the opportunity to convey his appreciation to LOM Logistics Sdn Bhd for their trust and support shown through their preference for the Isuzu brand name during this challenging economic period. Nakamura is confident that this procurement will further fortify LOM Logistics’ plans of business expansion.
Later, to commemorate the special occasion, Nakamura presented a symbolic mock key and an appreciation gift in the form of an Isuzu Miniature Truck to LOM Logistics Sdn Bhd Manager, Lee Sanghaag. The ceremony was also attended by Atsunori Murata, Chief Operations Officer of Isuzu Malaysia. Also in attendance were representatives from Truck Venture Sdn Bhd, including Loo Siok Yee, Consultant Director, and Loo Siok Hua, Sales Manager.
Truck Venture Sdn Bhd, which began its operation recently in May this year, offers Isuzu’s full commercial vehicle line-up, and is conveniently located in Section 51A, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Isuzu Malaysia announced that the company is offering a moratorium for financing payments on the D-Max purchased from 1 June 2020 till 31 August 2020.
Through the Isuzu Deferred Instalment Campaign, the first programme of its kind in the pick-up segment, the company hopes that customers can fortify their earnings by putting their brand new Isuzu D-Max pick-up trucks to work during the deferment period of either three or six months before needing to worry about loan repayments.
According to Chief Operating Officer of Isuzu Malaysia, Light Commercial Vehicle Division Masayuki Suzuki, the objective of the moratorium is to help Malaysians move forward during this recovery period with the services of an efficient and versatile new Isuzu D-Max.
The campaign, in collaboration with Public Bank Berhad, covers almost every model in the Isuzu D-Max range, offering up to 90% financing margin for a maximum tenure of 84 months. The minimum loan amount to qualify for this campaign is RM20,000.00.
Potential customers will be able to select the most suitable Isuzu D-Max model to meet their individual requirements and budgets from the widest selection of pick-up truck variants available in Malaysia today.
The new range of Isuzu D-Max now comes with the advanced 1.9-litre Blue Power engine, the smallest engine capacity in the market thereby enjoying the cheapest road tax in its segment. Through breakthroughs in technology, the new engine provides even greater performance and fuel efficiency than the 2.5-litre model it replaces.
As the country continues to transition towards the recovery phase of the pandemic, Isuzu Malaysia has announced that the company will give precedence to fulfilling customer orders, particularly those that were placed before the Movement Control Order (MCO) came into effect in March.
Some 300 orders for various Isuzu D-Max models were received prior to the lock-down and the priority will be to ensure these customers receive their vehicles quickly following the resumption of operations.
Efforts are underway to ensure vehicles are speedily processed from the plant in Pekan, Pahang to be dispatched to dealerships around the country where a new delivery processes has been put in place to ensure customers and staff are well-protected in line with the government’s call to effectively curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
Key among the comprehensive protocols include a temperature record of every staff member prior to the start of each work day, compulsory use of surgical masks, disinfecting of all touch points in the outlets three times daily while demonstration vehicles and customer vehicles are disinfected after each human contact.
All visitors to Isuzu outlets are also required to have their temperatures taken using an infra-red thermometer while hand sanitizing liquid and if required, a face mask will be made available at all facilities. Customers collecting their new vehicles will be informed of the delivery dates by their sales advisor and provided an appointed time of the hand-over in order to avoid crowding or prolonged exposure in the outlet.
Isuzu vehicle owners whose vehicle warranties were to have expired during the MCO period will automatically enjoy a further 30 day extension from May 13, 2020 while those whose vehicles were also overdue for scheduled maintenance during this period can rest assured that their warranty will not be affected by the delay.
Customers intending to bring their vehicles in for service are advised to make prior appointments with their respective Isuzu Authorised Service Centres as each outlet is operating according to CMCO regulations in their respective states and are encouraging systematic social distancing by limiting the daily intakes based on the capacity of the individual service facility and maintaining the minimum 1m distances.
To arrange for a viewing or test drive of Isuzu vehicles, prospective customers may make an appointment via Isuzu Malaysia’s Facebook page.
Isuzu Malaysia Sdn Bhd recently held a handover ceremony in early February to commemorate the procurement of Isuzu FORWARD FVR compactor trucks by Environment Idaman Sdn Bhd, and their sub-contractor, Warisan Integriti Sdn Bhd.
The trucks were procured from Indah Utara Auto Sdn Bhd, an authorised dealer of Isuzu Malaysia.
Environment Idaman Sdn Bhd offers a wide range of sustainable and innovative waste solutions and cleaning services in the Northern region of Peninsular Malaysia.
The newly procured units are expected to replace Environment Idaman’s aging fleet, whereas for their sub-contractor Warisan Integriti, the procurement is part of their long-term fleet expansion exercise.
The FORWARD FVR compactor trucks are slated to be used for solid waste management, collection and disposal for local municipalities in Perlis and Kedah.
Environment Idaman Sdn Bhd procured a total of 6 units of Isuzu FORWARD (FVR 240MT) trucks for this year, whereas 4 units of Isuzu FORWARD (FVR 240AT) trucks were procured by Warisan Integriti Sdn Bhd.
During the handover ceremony, Atsunori Murata, Chief Operating Officer of Isuzu Malaysia, took the time to personally thank representatives from Environment Idaman Sdn Bhd and Warisan Integriti Sdn Bhd for preferring Isuzu FORWARD FVR compactor trucks.
Murata is confident that Isuzu’s reliability and durability will serve both companies well in their pursuit of providing timely services for day-to-day operations.
Later, to commemorate the special occasion, Murata presented an appreciation memento in the form of an Isuzu Miniature Truck and appreciation gift to Environment Idaman’s Head of Operation Division, Munir Amani bin Dasheer; and also to Warisan Integriti’s Director, Dato’ Haji Md Rosli bin Haji Abd Wahab.
In attendance were representatives from Environment Idaman Sdn Bhd’s Fleet Engineering & Management Department, Azman bin Shamsuddin, Manager; and Termizi bin Hat, Technical Executive; aside from Zakaria bin Hamid, Operation Manager of Warisan Integriti Sdn Bhd. Poh Seng Hooi, Managing Director; and Rodney Lee, General Manager of Indah Utara Auto Sdn Bhd, were also present to witness the handover ceremony.
Isuzu Malaysia will be providing a training session to allow drivers of both companies to properly familiarise themselves with the FORWARD FVR trucks.
For generations, Isuzu diesel engines have served with clockwork reliability and bulletproof dependability. Having produced some 25 million engines as the oldest automotive manufacturer in Japan, Isuzu proudly takes the leap into the future by introducing the new RZ4E, one of the most compact, efficient and robust diesel engines for pick-up trucks today.
Designed to meet future requirements for reduced fuel consumption and lower CO2 emissions, the new 1898cc engine surpasses all its design parameters despite its small displacement by increasing engine performance, durability and better economy, lower NVH, lower friction and operating cost.
The resulting breakthroughs, particularly in its low fuel consumption and CO2 led to the 1.9-litre Isuzu D-Max being the very first pick-up truck in the country to be certified based on UN Regulations 101 with the Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV) status by the Road Transport Department of Malaysia (JPJ).
Deemed revolutionary by the CEO of Isuzu Malaysia Mr Koji Nakamura, the new Isuzu D-Max 1.9-litre Blue Power he said combined cutting-edge technology and Isuzu know-how to provide users with the ideal combination of durability, performance and economy.
“Pick-up truck users place a high demand on their vehicles to help them get the job done. They require trucks that are intrinsically capable, operating with minimum fuss or cost. In this respect, the new Isuzu D-Max offers excellent value from its enhanced performance, lower fuel consumption, lower operating costs and with the road tax structure in many parts of Malaysia, lower road tax too,” he said.
To extend the benefits of the new Isuzu D-Max to a wider audience, Isuzu Malaysia has focused part of its range of eleven variants towards the business segment starting with the new entry, the 1.9-litre low ride 4×2 manual that is directly aimed at serving the business community. This is followed by the single cab models that come with 1.9-litre and 3.0-litre engines, both with 4×4 drivetrain. Then come the double cab versions available in manual or auto in basic (Type B) and premium trim. Joining this line up is the new 4×2 auto version aimed at the urban user who does not require the 4×4 function. Top of the line are the 4×4 Auto Premium variants both with the 1.9-litre and 3.0-litre engines.
The new Isuzu D-Max not only offers impressive new driving dynamics from its Blue Power 1.9-litre engine, its outlook has also been enhanced to convey these properties with distinctive new exterior paint colours available in the line-up including Sapphire Blue, Red Spinel, Stallion Black, Titan Silver, Silky White Pearl and Magnum White.
Up front, the design of its distinctive grille with its blend of black and chrome, flows seamlessly into the new headlight cluster that features bi-LED projector headlamps and LED DRL. The headlamp throw can be manually adjusted by the driver according to the vehicle load to avoid glare to on-coming road users. The bumper completes the bold new front end with the redesigned inset fog lamp garnish.
Apart from the new body decal design, the new Isuzu D-Max distinctively carries a new 18-inch alloy rim design that not only provides the vehicle with a sportier look, it provides sharper handling to the Isuzu D-Max that already benefits from a 56kg reduction in weight of the new engine. Automatically-folding door mirrors add to the convenience when parking in tight spots.
To aid loading, Isuzu have also developed a soft-touch tailgate that is available as an option. The mechanism uses a novel strut to control the opening speed of the tailgate while a torsion bar makes lifting possible using just one finger.
To fully appreciate the six percent reduction in engine noise of the new 1.9-litre engine over the current 2.5-litre version, Isuzu engineers made the new Isuzu D-Max interior more plush by adding soft-feel material on major panels. Not only do these help absorb sound to make the interior quieter, when matched to the dark interior trim and the new-design leather-fabric combination seats, the new Isuzu D-Max’s interior takes on a more inviting and comfortable outlook.
A high-speed USB charging port sits ahead of the gear selector and the Isuzu D-Max now comes with a secondary port situated behind the centre compartment for rear passengers allowing gadgets or mobile devices to remain well charged on any journey.
The gem in the new Isuzu D-Max must certainly be the 1898cc RZ4E-TC engine. Developed internally over four years by Isuzu Motors in Japan, the engine boasts technical breakthroughs that have resulted in a higher engine output of 150PS @ 3,600rpm (up by 10%) and 350Nm of torque (up by 9%) between 1,800 and 2,600rpm over the existing 2.5-litre 4JK1-TCX.
While engine output has increased, there has been no sacrifice to Isuzu’s legendary fuel economy or dependability. Tests conducted in Thailand even show a 19% improvement in fuel economy while a reduction in internal friction by 37% suggests that there will be less wear on engine components as well, thereby increasing the life expectancy of the engine.
Coupled to a new transmission system, the RZ4E offers a performance level that is superior to the 2.5-litre from the get-go. With six forward cogs for both the manual and automatic gearboxes, the new Isuzu D-Max makes the most use of the new engine characteristic to provide improved acceleration and overtaking while offering relaxed cruising from its two overdrive top gears.
The new Isuzu D-Max also features the inclusion of Hill Descent Control (HDC) making descending steep or slippery slopes a less tricky task. New too is the Vehicle Launch Assist Control that increases initial torque on gradients of 25% or more. Through this feature, the vehicle is quicker off the mark without suffering the effects of turbo lag when accelerating from idle.
As an introductory campaign, Isuzu Malaysia is conducting a nationwide test drive campaign at all its dealerships where a mystery gift awaits all who test drive the new 1.9-litre Blue Power Isuzu D-Max between September 21st and October 31st 2019. Prospects will also receive a ticket that entitles them to be in the running for a Blue Fever lucky draw at the end of the promotional period.
Those who purchase the new Isuzu D-Max during the promotional period from today till 31st October 2019 will enjoy a special 5-year unlimited mileage warranty and a free maintenance package to be enjoyed over the next eight years, terms and conditions apply.
Autoexec Corporation, Isuzu Malaysia’s latest authorized dealership recently handed over an Isuzu Elf NPR81 to its very first commercial vehicle customer.
The newly-appointed dealer located in Kg Datuk Keramat in the heart of Kuala Lumpur city sold its first truck to BC Roller Shutter Services Sdn Bhd just a month after being appointed as an authorized Isuzu dealer.
Speaking at the handing-over ceremony, CEO of Isuzu Malaysia Mr Koji Nakamura thanked the management of Autoexec Corporation for their foresight and interest in building the Isuzu network.
“We are glad to welcome Autoexec Corporation to the Isuzu family and congratulate them on the successful delivery of their first vehicle. I am confident that through their commitment to customer satisfaction, they will be able to develop a strong clientele and bring positive experiences to Isuzu customers,” said Mr Nakamura.
With the appointment of Autoexec Corporation, Isuzu Malaysia now boosts a network of eight authorized commercial vehicle sales outlets in the Klang Valley to support the growing demand for its durable, reliable and fuel efficient trucks.
The handing-over ceremony was attended by COO of Isuzu Malaysia Atsunori Murata, Director of Autoexec Corporation Mr NT Lo and Head of Sales Ms Kenix Low while representing BC Roller Shutter Services Sdn Bhd was its Director Mr Nelson Tan.
“As Malaysia’s top truck brand, our responsibility does not end after the truck leaves the showroom. Our after-sales support must grow in tandem with our customers’ businesses to ensure that they enjoy the necessary support to keep their business running smoothly and efficiently,” added Mr Nakamura.
In a special tie-up between Hong Leong Bank, potential buyers who purchase a new Isuzu truck from Autoexec Corporation between now and December 2019 can enjoy a special financing interest rate of just 1.96%.