The main highlight of the new D-Max is the range-topping X-Terrain variant, which arrives with a revised 3-litre engine that has been re-engineered and refined with numerous advancements to improve performance and engine response while reducing noise and vibration.
The new engine that produces 190PS ensures that X-Terrain drivers enjoy more relaxed performance from its revised torque curve that peaks at 450Nm from as low as 1,600rpm, stretching all the way till 2,600rpm while the new 6-speed automatic gearbox matches the gearshifts to the new engine’s performance characteristics.
Built on a new Isuzu Dynamic Drive Platform, the all-new Isuzu D-Max employs a new ladder frame that offers improved stiffness and strength to ensure better handling and durability. Coupled to a new suspension configuration and a longer wheelbase that allows the engine bulk to be located further behind the front wheels, the result is a more dynamic handling and comfortable ride.
Finished immaculately in Valencia Orange or Sapphire Blue, the X-Terrain comes with exclusive features including remote engine start, rear differential lock, wet wiper system, brown leather seats with 8-way electronic adjustment including lumbar support, a 9-inch infotainment touchscreen panel that incorporates Android Auto and wireless Apple Carplay.
New driver assistance features
There is also an arsenal of Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS) including Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Turn Assist, Pedal Misapplication Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with stop & go function, Automatic High Beams (AHB), Blind Spot Monitor (BSM), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Manual Speed Limiter (MSL) and Multi-Collision Brake that applies the brakes should any of the seven airbags be deployed.
Joining the line-up of the all-new Isuzu D-Max are two Premium variants – a 1.9-litre 4×4 Auto and 3.0-litre 4×4 Auto.
Aimed at the discerning motorists whose applications lean towards daily duties, the Premium variants are an ideal model for drivers who spend significant hours in the saddle as the new comfort features and safety equipment in the cabin make it ideal for hours of fatigue-free motoring.
1.9-litre engine is still there
For the price conscious, there are two offerings of the Standard models available. Powered by the immensely-capable 1.9-litre engine that produces a hefty 150PS of power and 350Nm of torque is paired either with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearbox, the Standard models are a boon for the business community who aim to lower running costs and maintain good efficiency.
Also available will be two Single Cab models offered with either the 1.9-litre or 3.0-litre engines. These go-anywhere, do-anything trucks offer significant carrying capabilities and come with an array of safety features that has earned this vehicle and the entire range of Isuzu D-Max a 5-star ASEAN NCAP safety rating.
The X-Terrain comes exclusively in Valencia Orange or Sapphire Blue while other models share a choice of the colours including Silky White Pearl, Mercury Silver, Onyx Black and Splash White.
Warranty and promotion
All Isuzu D-Max models enjoy a five-year or 150,000km warranty while the X-Terrain enjoys a class-leading seven-year unlimited mileage warranty.
The all-new Isuzu D-Max Breaking Boundaries Test Drive Campaign begins today at authorized Isuzu showrooms where visitors can get to know the remarkable new model up close and from now till 31st May 2021, there will be exclusive Isuzu merchandise giveaways and a chance to win cash prizes.
Isuzu Malaysia Sdn Bhd announced today that it had recently delivered eight units of medium-duty trucks from its Forward Series (F-Series) range to popular homegrown retail giant MR D.I.Y. Group (M) Berhad.
The new trucks comprise six units of the Isuzu FSR90 model and two units of the Isuzu FVR300 model procured from Isuzu’s authorized dealer, Ultra Gallant Sdn Bhd (“Ultra Gallant”), and will be used to further support MR DIY’s nationwide expansion and its increased logistics needs.
A handover ceremony with a mock key presentation to mark the official delivery of the new Isuzu trucks was held recently at MR D.I.Y.’s headquarters in Seri Kembangan, Selangor, and attended by the senior management teams of Isuzu, MR D.I.Y. and Ultra Gallant.
Eight new units
Koji Nakamura, CEO of Isuzu Malaysia Sdn Bhd shared, “We are very pleased to have completed the delivery of eight units of Isuzu medium-duty FSR90 and FVR300 trucks to our esteemed customer, MR D.I.Y., and to be able to continuously provide the support they require to operate their flourishing logistical assignments. We would like to thank MR D.I.Y. for the support and trust given to the Isuzu brand.”
MR D.I.Y. purchased its first Isuzu truck in 2017 and has been steadily adding more units to its fleet over the last four years. With these additional eight units plus all the previously purchased and registered Isuzu commercial vehicles, MR D.I.Y. now owns a total of 100 units of Isuzu trucks in its fleet.
“As one of the largest Japanese truck manufacturers globally, it is our obligation to provide our customers with commercial vehicles that can lead the way forward for their business to achieve maximum efficiency and productivity,” said Nakamura.
He added that both of the truck models are part of Isuzu’s F-Series medium-duty commercial vehicles that the company has been producing for decades through continuous development of new trucking innovations, and where its customers around the world embrace and count on for the advance features, innovative design, and dependable performance.
“Isuzu’s F-Series range of commercial vehicles feature a choice of five powertrain for a range of performance and torque, optimized wheelbases for greater load capacity and body-mounting capability, offering the versatility today’s businesses need to be successful,” Nakamura added.
700 stores and counting
Commenting on the handover of the vehicles, a MR D.I.Y. spokesperson said, “We are on a strong growth trajectory, with 700 stores now, and plans to open 175 new stores across our three brands in 2021. The backbone of our growth is the efficient distribution of goods via our centrally-managed distribution system. Isuzu has been a valued long-standing partner who well understands our needs, and has been supportive in meeting them.”
“The Isuzu FSR90 and FVR300 medium-duty trucks are the ideal, adaptable, and value-added choice for meeting the requirements of any transport assignment. With the gross vehicle weight of 11,900kg for FSR90 and 19,000kg for FVR300, we are confident the trucks will be able to provide high utilization with absolute productivity, reliability, and safety for the sustainability of MR D.I.Y.’s soaring business,” said Nakamura.
UD Trucks was acquired by Isuzu Motors from the Volvo Group, as part of the completion of the strategic alliance between the Volvo Group and Isuzu Motors.
Naoto Hakamata has been appointed Chairman of UD Trucks and Tetsuya Aiba CFO of UD Trucks effective April 1, 2021. Joachim Rosenberg, Volvo Group Executive Vice President, resigned as Chairman of UD Trucks on March 31, 2021.
Within the framework of the strategic alliance, UD Trucks is well positioned to build a long-term and robust relationship with Volvo Group and Isuzu Motors, creating synergies over the long term.
Together with Isuzu Motors, opportunities for UD Trucks include:
Leveraging each other’s strengths and economies of scale, especially in the area of heavy-duty trucks in Japan and across international markets.
Exploring cooperation in the areas of purchasing and logistics, leveraging common technology, as well as the geographical footprint complementarity
Creating a strong base to continue to invest in technical development and innovations for world class products and services.
UD Trucks has built up a wealth of experience and expertise in the heavy-duty truck segment over 14 years together with the Volvo Group in the areas of technology, procurement, logistics, production and sales. The company has also made concerted efforts to promote diversity, flexible ways of working, and a global mindset that embraces change.
UD Trucks will continue to fulfil its brand promise of “Going the Extra Mile”, and together with Isuzu Motors strive to make life better for people and the planet.
UD Trucks is a leading Japanese commercial vehicle solutions provider, active in more than 60 countries on all continents. Since its inception in 1935, the company has been an innovation leader with a clear vision to provide the trucks and services the world needs today.
Going the extra mile
The company is committed to go the extra mile for smart logistics with the most dependable solutions for demanding customers. To best support across applications and geographies, UD Trucks offers a full range of heavy-duty trucks – Quon and Quester, medium duty trucks – Condor and Croner, and light duty trucks – Kazet and Kuzer, as well as associated operational and financial services.
The Volvo Group and Isuzu Motors signed binding agreements in October 2020 to form a strategic alliance within commercial vehicles in order to capture the opportunities in the ongoing industry transformation, in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding signed in December 2019.
The agreements include Isuzu Motor’s acquisition of UD Trucks from the Volvo Group for an enterprise value of JPY 243 billion (approx. SEK 20 billion). The transaction is subject to certain conditions, including approval from regulatory authorities.
The highly-anticipated all-new Isuzu D-Max will be making its Malaysian debut in April this year, well in advance of the speculated introduction in 2022. This third generation Isuzu D-Max from the Japanese automotive giant arrives in Malaysia just 18 months after its global debut in Thailand.
Announcing that pre-launch bookings of the new model will begin today at Isuzu dealerships nationwide, Chief Operating Officer of Isuzu Malaysia’s Light Commercial Division Mr Masayuki Suzuki said that the fast-tracked launch of the all-new Isuzu D-Max was made possible through the support of Isuzu Motors Ltd that views Malaysia as a strategic market.
“We are extremely thrilled that this impressive all-new Isuzu D-Max has been made available in Malaysia much earlier than expected. As the fifth country in the world to launch this model after its global introduction in Thailand, it stands as testament to the strong commitment from Isuzu Motors towards ensuring that the Malaysian market enjoys the latest selection of choice Isuzu vehicles,” he said.
More road presence
The all-new Isuzu D-Max model has been extensively developed to exceed the normal perimeters of a pick-up truck while adding an emotive dimension to its highly dependable and impressively-capable character. Developed on a design theme of bold and sporty, the all-new Isuzu D-Max presents a strong road presence from its masculine frontal design and purposeful outline that exudes a more athletic and dynamic stance.
With its larger overall dimensions that include a longer wheelbase, more spacious cabin and larger load bed, the all-new Isuzu D-Max affords owners with all-round improvements to its comfort, space and versatility making this a more desirable truck for every purpose.
Available in a variety of configurations including single or double cab guise and powered by a choice of the award-winning RZ-4E 1.9-litre powerplant or a revised 4JJ-3TCX 3-litre engine, this all-new Isuzu D-Max range is set to be a game changer for the brand.
Scoring the maximum five-star safety rating in the 2020 ASEAN NCAP tests, the all-new Isuzu D-Max offers a new level of safety to offer improved protection for occupants as well as other road users. Aiding drivers will be a host of Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS) available in selected variants.
“The all-new Isuzu D-Max has made scores of new fans in the markets it has been introduced in and I believe that the same will happen here in Malaysia. This new model evokes a new level of interest in owning and driving a pick-up truck hence we have initiated this pre-launch booking programme to ensure those who have eagerly awaited the arrival of the new model will be among the very first to take delivery once it has been officially launched,” added Mr Suzuki.
The all-new Isuzu D-Max that will make its debut at the end of April 2021 is estimated to be priced between RM89,000 and RM145,000 depending on model subject to government approvals.
Isuzu Malaysia is heralding another new year on an upbeat note as the brand has sealed the No. 1 position in two categories for the year 2020 – as Malaysia’s No. 1 truck for the 7th consecutive year and light-duty truck for the 11th consecutive year.
These achievements are based on the annual truck sales data by the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA).
No.1 for 7 years straight
Contributing to the position of No. 1 truck brand for the 7th consecutive year is Isuzu Malaysia’s total combined sales of 4,747 units of trucks in all segments that were sold last year.
Meanwhile, the company’s record success as the most preferred light-duty truck brand in Malaysia for the 11th consecutive year was cemented by the brand’s flagship ELF truck with the sales of 4,551 units in last year alone.
Koji Nakamura, Chief Executive Officer of Isuzu Malaysia Sdn Bhd shared, “Isuzu Malaysia is extremely delighted to have wrapped up the year 2020 with great achievements and to welcome this new year with double celebrations after having secured the top position for both truck and light-duty truck brand categories once again.
“The total number of trucks we have sold last year is the highest market share that we have recorded since Isuzu Malaysia Sdn Bhd was established. Last year was also our company’s 40th year anniversary in Malaysia, so this success is definitely a notable milestone for us.”
“It is also a reflection of our teams’ unrelenting commitment in making strong progress on our business execution. Our focus is to constantly strengthen the quality of our products and efficiency of our services to serve our customers better.”
“The pandemic situation in the past year had posed many extraordinary challenges for many people and companies across all industries. Despite the uphill market environment, I am pleased that we have managed to stay on course and effectively maximized our resources to help our customers move forward with their business operations.”
Nakamura also said that some of Isuzu Malaysia’s strategic initiatives to sustain truck sales growth, enhance service quality and increase customer satisfaction despite the challenging market situation in the past year include dealership network expansion, introduction of new product innovation and ensuring the timely delivery of new trucks to customers.
The 2020 Isuzu ELF Series
One of the significant highlights which had contributed to the continuous success of Isuzu as the most preferred light-duty truck brand last year was the launch of the enhanced Isuzu ELF which offers the Isuzu Safety Plus platform featuring a combination of safety system upgrades, B20 biodiesel compatibility and greater warranty benefits.
The enhancements are available in 19 variants of the top-selling ELF, which offers the widest range in light-duty truck market to help truck operators run a safer, more productive and sustainable business.
He further commented, “Isuzu Malaysia’s strategy has always been built around having satisfied and productive customers and I am glad that our achievements had demonstrated a well-performed year for us.”
I would also like to commend and thank all our employees and skilled dealership teams for always making extra efforts for our customers. Their dedication has contributed hugely to Isuzu Malaysia’s uninterrupted leading position.”
Outlook for 2021
“Looking ahead in this new year, I believe that Malaysia’s economy will slowly but steadily improve, and many industries will further recover too.”
“Although Isuzu is now well-known for offering a wide range of trucks that have become the preferred choice for quality, durability and cost-efficiency, we will continue to remain focused on providing more excellence and value to all our customers.”
“Importantly, Isuzu Malaysia’s aim this year is to continue rendering assistance in essential services, ensuring smooth delivery of products and making contribution for people’s daily life and business,” Nakamura concluded.
A new Isuzu 3S dealership has been appointed in Taiping, offering more accessibility for residents and businesses in the Matang region.
The outlet, which is operated by GB Motors, is located along Jalan Simpang close to main cross road leading to Taiping town. Boasting a spacious 5,300 sq-m land area, the new outlet is designed to offer a full range of sales and after-sales services for the entire range of Isuzu models ranging from the D-Max to medium- and heavy-duty trucks.
Speaking at the ceremony, Nakamura remarked how pleased he was to welcome the Goh Brothers group to the Isuzu family and was confident that their sound management style and good foresight would be an asset to the Isuzu brand.
With a built-up area of approximately 1,400 sq-m, the new GB Motors outlet boasts of a spacious showroom for those shopping for a new Isuzu while a suitably-comfortable waiting area ensures customers can wait while their vehicles are cared for by trained technicians.
To celebrate their appointment as an Isuzu Authorised 3S Centre, GB Motors will be holding a month-long test drive campaign between 24 th October 2020 and 23rd November 2020 where the first 100 persons to test drive any Isuzu vehicle at the showroom will receive a special goody bag filled with mystery gifts.
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.