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Sunraysia Daily Saturday, January 16, 2016
DECEMBER, 31, 2015 marked 27 consecutive
years leadership of the ultra-competitive
Australian truck market by Isuzu Trucks.
Isuzu volume for the year was 7442 units, an
increase of four per cent on 2014 performance.
With volume increases across most
segments and strong share growth also
recorded in the heavy segment, the company
was pleased with the performance according to
Isuzu Australia Limited (IAL) Director and Chief
Operating Officer, Phil Taylor.
"As many in the industry are aware, 2014 was
quite a patchy year for truck sales.
"After a slow start in January and February
the market began to pick up and held form
through to the close with December showing
the second best results for the year.
"This augurs well for an encouraging start to
2016," Mr Taylor said.
Strong heritage lays foundations for
Taking the mantle of Australia s top selling
truck brand back in 1989, Isuzu s unwavering
focus over the years on product, service and
support, and most importantly the hunger for
continued innovation in its offering to a range
of Australian businesses, has seen the iconic
brand grow from strength to strength.
For over four decades, Isuzu Trucks has
enjoyed fierce loyalty from its thousands of
hard-working customers. This loyalty was
originally founded on Isuzu s legendary
reputation for reliability, developed in the early
days through the supply of no-nonsense work-
horses that formed that backbone of trucking
fleets across the nation.
As technology and industry progressed,
Isuzu have kept apace, ensuring that its
comprehensive model range, suite of after-
market service and support programs and
partners in the Isuzu dealer network continue
to offer the Australian businesses the best that
the road transport industry has to offer.
"We re always looking to find innovative ways
to deliver a quality product. It must be reliable,
affordable and fit for the job at hand -- that s
what we re constantly striving for at Isuzu," Mr
"We are of course delighted to be in a strong
position again at the start of 2016, and we owe
it to our customers for their continued support.
"We have had some great product news
stories recently. The launch of our intelligent
new N Series last year with its comprehensive
safety package, broadened model choice
and with particular variants benefitting from
impressive power and torque increases
represented another high-water mark in the
light truck market," he said.
"Our twin-steer FY range continues to break
into new segments of the heavy market -- we are
seeing strong demand across other vocational
applications following our successes with
agitator work with these models.
"We are also building toward the very exciting
launch of our new medium-duty product, set
for next month.
"When you add to the impressive model
range, the operating intelligence and peace of
mind available through products such as our
Isuzu telematics offering, Isuzu Priority service
agreements and Roadside Assist, all supported
by our industry-best Isuzu Care program and
Care centre, you ve got a transport solution
that s very difficult to top," he said.
Mr Taylor concluded by noting that he
expected truck sales to hold relatively steady
throughout the early stanza of 2016 and hoped
to see continued growth across the market.
"We ve ended 2015 on solid ground, but
getting comfortable at this point would be a
"We re acutely aware of the competition
across all market segments, but we re confident
we can continue to deliver robust and flexible
products for a broad range of end uses," Mr
For all your Isuzu enquiries contact Mildura
Truck Centre LMCT 5788 at 293-303 Benetook
Avenue, Mildura, phone 5051 2800 or visit
Isuzu on top
Tips for Learners and
EVERYTHING improves with experience, and learning to
drive is no different. Parents and supervising drivers play
an important role in providing vital on-road experience for
The graduated licencing system means that learner
drivers need to gain at least 120 hours of driving
experience (with at least 10 hours of night time driving)
before they can apply for their P's. While this may sound
like a lot, many learners have their permit for 2 years, so
120 hours is just a little over an hour a week.
Tips for achieving 120 hours of driving experience:
• Be realistic about the amount of practice you and the
learner driver can fit into your week.
• Think about the trips you already make together each
week, and schedule these as practice sessions. Simply
expect to add another few minutes to each journey.
• If you miss a practice session just schedule an
additional drive at another time in the week.
• Practice driving in a range of conditions. It is important
that learner drivers are exposed to as many different
driving conditions and situations as possible. Consider the
- Weather conditions -- dry, wet, stormy, foggy
- Light conditions -- daytime, night-time, dawn, dusk
- Traffic conditions -- light, moderate, heavy
- Road types -- residential, divided/undivided,
freeways, highways, roads with trams, CBD
Melbourne/regional centres, rural roads, gravel
• Don't try to tackle all aspects of driving at once. A
staged approach to driving practice should be considered.
Tips for supervising drivers:
Supervising a learner driver can be overwhelming and
it may take some time for you to feel comfortable as a
• Don't try to do too much too quickly with your learner
• Start each driving session with a review of what
happened on the last drive.
• Plan with your learner what skills and conditions to
be "tackled" each drive. Don't introduce too many things
• Don't force your learner to drive at speeds faster
than they feel comfortable with. Drive in less complex
conditions until their confidence and competence
• Get your learner to describe what they are doing,
planning to do, what they can see ahead and so on as they
drive. This is called commentary driving
and it helps the learner work through
what they are thinking and doing.
• Dealing with hazards on the
road can be stressful -- don't
continue if either you or the
learner is upset. Stop and
wait until everyone is calm.
• Use "I" messages,
e.g. "In a situation like
this I would..."
• Don't blame the
learner for making mistakes,
but encourage them to
learn from their mistakes.
Ask your learner how
they might have
handled the particular
View VicRoads' Lessons
from the Road resource.
This resource helps parents
support their learner driver.
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