The Witness - Wheels - - TRANSPORT - — Wheels Reporter.

IN Eng­land, Isuzu has be­come the of­fi­cial spon­sor of the Fed­er­a­tion of Mas­ter Builders (FMB).

Es­tab­lished in 1941, the FMB is the largest trade as­so­ci­a­tion in the build­ing in­dus­try and is a source of knowl­edge and pro­fes­sional ad­vice for its mem­bers. The FMB’s strict mem­ber­ship cri­te­ria give con­sumers con­fi­dence when they are look­ing to use a builder.

Ge­orge Wal­lis, mar­ket­ing man­ager at Isuzu UK, said the com­pany sees the re­la­tion­ship as the start of a fan­tas­tic part­ner­ship for the next two years. “Isuzu UK are clearly po­si­tioned as the pick-up pro­fes­sion­als and we see a real syn­ergy with this fan­tas­tic or­gan­i­sa­tion and their highly qual­i­fied, pro­fes­sional mem­bers,” said Wal­lis in a state­ment.

AR­GENTINA has be­come the fifth coun­try to man­u­fac­ture the Navara bakkie as Nis­san ex­pands to keep up with global de­mand.

The South Amer­i­can bakkie is built at the Al­liance part­ner’s Re­nault’s Santa Is­abel plant in Cor­doba.

The ex­pan­sion forms part of Nis­san’s an­nounce­ment that it plans to in­crease sales of light com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles (what we call bakkies in South Africa) by 40% by 2022 glob­ally.

The Navara is also made in Spain, China, Mex­ico, Thai­land and is sold in 180 coun­tries.

FAW most im­proved brand

FAW has been named the most im­proved truck brand in the lat­est an­nual Na­tional Au­to­mo­bile Deal­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (NADA) Dealer Sat­is­fac­tion In­dex (DSI) sur­vey.

Mar­ket re­search firm Light­stone re­ceived 165 re­sponses from com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle deal­er­ships across the coun­try. Although most com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle brands re­mained rel­a­tively con­stant or showed a slight de­cline, a sig­nif­i­cant in­cline in scores for FAW SA contributed to an over­all im­prove­ment in the en­tire cat­e­gory.


Isuzu UK has part­nered with Eng­land’s Fed­er­a­tion of Mas­ter Builders.


The Navara is known as the Nis­san Fron­tier in South Amer­ica.

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