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THE “Ex­port & Freight” trans­port and lo­gis­tics in­dus­try’s an­nual awards cer­e­mony was held in Belfast’s Wa­ter­front last Thurs­day and cel­e­brated the best in class in the sec­tor across all Ire­land.

The glittering even­ing recog­nises many as­pects from train­ing and sys­tems to safety and ve­hi­cles. In its twentieth year the cat­e­gories in­cluded “Best Pick-up” for the first time, hotly con­tested with a new model from Mercedes, the es­tab­lished Toy­ota Hilux and Volk­swa­gen Amarok, and the first of a newly im­proved spec­i­fi­ca­tion Isuzu D-max.

This lat­ter model is al­ready a mul­ti­ple award-win­ner and now adds trailer sway con­trol, re­designed lighter rear sus­pen­sion on the dou­ble cab vari­ants to re­duce un­sprung weight sub­stan­tially and en­hance ride com­fort, plus soft touch de­tail­ing to an al­ready im­pres­sive and spa­cious cabin and a brace of strik­ing new ex­te­rior colours.

The judges re­marked how com­pet­i­tive this es­tab­lished class has be­come and pivotal to many busi­nesses here.

The Isuzu D-max was out­right win­ner with the panel of ex­perts com­ment­ing on its renowned power, class lead­ing tow­ing abil­ity, su­perb qual­ity and war­ranty, and out­stand­ing low whole life costs.

The cov­eted new tro­phy joins a cab­i­net that al­ready houses 2018’s “What Van” Pick-up of the Year and “Trade Van Best Work­horse”.

Ac­cept­ing the award Isuzu North­ern Ire­land Re­gional Man­ager, Alastair Kerr thanked the judg­ing panel and ac­knowl­edged the ve­rac­ity of the com­pe­ti­tion, high­light­ing that Izuzu’s winning edge is that all they build is com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles and that strin­gent fo­cus en­sured their en­gi­neers de­liv­ered a pick-up de­signed to work every bit as hard as its buy­ers.

The lat­est D-max’s are Euro 6 com­pli­ance with­out any need for Ad­blue, an­other no­table fac­tor that has seen the Isuzu rise to dom­i­nance in some ma­jor North­ern Ire­land cor­po­rate buy­ers pickup fleets, and a host of flex­i­ble con­ver­sions are avail­able from chip­per tip­pers to cherry picker vari­ants.

Isuzu cur­rently have 5 spe­cial­ist deal­ers in North­ern Ire­land and Mr Kerr was able to con­firm they are in­tent on es­tab­lish­ing new out­lets in Antrim and May­down early in 2019. Three deal­ers are Fleet cen­tres which pro­vide guar­an­teed rapid turn­round and ex­tended open­ing hours, and loan B2B Ve­hi­cles for cor­po­rate clien­tele. All North­ern Ire­land deal­ers are trained to fully un­der­stand and as­sist cus­tomers with fund­ing op­tions and tacho and tow­ing leg­is­la­tion and much more. Isuzu has a strate­gic part­ner­shjp with Black Horse for retail finance pack­ages and Lex Au­tolease man­age their Con­tract Hire and lease schemes.

The award-winning Isuzu D-max

The Isuzu NI team pre­sented with their first ever “Ex­port & Freight” Pick-up of the Year award

Alastair Kerr of Isuzu UK (cen­tre) pre­sented with Ex­port & Freight award

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