Patrick Autocare, a company specialised in motor vehicle processing, storage and distribution, has co-operated with Australian body builder, D’Angelo’s, and truck brand Isuzu for the development of new car carrier.
The vehicle, based on an Isuzu FXD 1000, is fitted with a custom-made hybrid trailer which can carry up to four cars and is currently being used as a metro car carrier in the eastern Australian states.
It will join Patrick Autocare’s 500-strong equipment fleet distributes more than a million vehicles annually.
The company worked closely with truck and trailer body builder, D’Angelo’s, located in Laverton North, Victoria, to ensure the vehicle would meet the strict requirements for metro vehicle delivery. For instance, the trailer is only 14.5 metres long to enable the truck to easily manoeuvre around dealerships and tight residential streets.
According to Patrick Autocare’s Branch Manager Central Region, Joe Berlingeri, Isuzu was the first choice when specifying a suitable truck. “With Isuzu’s extensive range of models, we were able to find a truck that suited our requirements,” he said.
The so-called hybrid trailer design allows for loading of the top decks from ground level, the decks then hydraulically lift into position which in turn removes the need for the driver to work at height.
Just like not every food will provide the body with the same nutritional value, not every fuel is right for every application. That’s why fuel businesses and those competing with them forge close collaborations with industry – an approach often referred to as co-engineering.