Isuzu fully-built trucks

Isuzu Mo­tors In­dia is of­fer­ing fully-built trucks that ad­dress the ex­act­ing needs of its buy­ers.

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Isuzu Mo­tors In­dia is of­fer­ing fully-built trucks that ad­dress the ex­act­ing needs of its buy­ers.

Isuzu Mo­tors In­dia show­cased two fully-built con­cept trucks at the re­cent In­dia Cold Chain show. The trucks, based on its D-Max pick-up plat­form, are an indi­ca­tion of the com­pany’s strat­egy to ad­dress the ex­act­ing needs of its buy­ers. Hav­ing sold an es­ti­mated 3000 units in FY2016-17, of which the S-Cab and Reg­u­lar Cab ac­counted for 1000 units, the move to of­fer fully-built units is said to be in­line with the pro­vi­sions of GST, which makes it cost ef­fec­tive for buy­ers to opt for a fully-built truck rather than to get an af­ter­mar­ket su­per­struc­ture fab­ri­cated. The two fully-built con­cepts that the com­pany dis­played at the In­dia Cold Chain show were built on the D-Max reg­u­lar cab. Their de­sign took into con­sid­er­a­tion the key re­quire­ments of the com­pany’s cus­tomers. Claimed to de­liver on the count of per­for­mance, qual­ity and re­li­a­bil­ity, Isuzu Mo­tors In­dia, ac­cord­ing to Satyen­dra Man­dalapu, As­sis­tant Man­ager, Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Di­vi­sion, Isuzu Mo­tors In­dia, is keen to take ad­van­tage of the widen­ing tax struc­ture after the im­ple­men­ta­tion of GST. “Post GST, fully-built reefer trucks fall un­der the 18 per cent tax slab,” men­tioned Man­dalapu.

Rather than to get the su­per­struc­ture built by an af­ter­mar­ket player un­der the GST tax slab of 28 per cent, the pro­cure­ment of a fully-built ve­hi­cle un­der the 18 per cent GST tax slab clearly makes it more prac­ti­cal. Prior to the im­ple­men­ta­tion of GST, the tax in­ci­dence, de­pend­ing on the state in which the trans­ac­tion took place, amounted to 14.5 per cent. “With Isuzu of­fer­ing fully-built trucks, op­er­a­tors can ex­pect to gain a 10 per cent cost ben­e­fit. This would lead to sub­stan­tial sav­ings,” averred Madalapu. He said, “In case the truck is priced at Rs.10 lakh, a 10 per cent sav­ing amount­ing to Ru­pees-one lakh is sub­stan­tial. This is es­pe­cially the case for fleet own­ers that are look­ing at lower cost of own­er­ship in a highly com­pet­i­tive trans­port-busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment.” The reefer and the dry box proto that Isuzu Mo­tors In­dia dis­played at the fair are es­ti­mated to cost in the range of Rs.10 and Rs.12 lakh. Of­fered with a three year or 10,000 km war­ranty, the trucks are pow­ered by a 78 hp, 2500 cc four-cylin­der com­mon-rail turbo in­ter-cooled diesel en­gine. A more pow­er­ful 135 hp en­gine is also on of­fer.

Claimed to of­fer su­pe­rior ef­fi­ciency and agility that is de­sired of a reefer truck to en­sure qual­ity of cargo trans­ported by cold­chain op­er­a­tors does not di­min­ish, the Isuzu D-Max fully-built truck, equipped with a five-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion, is claimed to of­fer among the best fuel ef­fi­ciency and re­fine­ment in its class. The front sus­pen­sion of the truck is made up of dou­ble wish­bones. The rear sus­pen­sion is made up of semiel­lip­tic leaf springs. Com­pet­ing with the likes of Tata Yodha, Mahin­dra Bolero and Ashok Ley­land Dost+, the ve­hi­cle, ac­cord­ing to Madalapu,

⇨ Isuzu D-Max Reefer van.

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