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Smartbuild invests in Isuzu NLR

New South Wales-based construction company, Smartbuild South Coast, has taken delivery of an Isuzu NLR 45-150 to complement its operations in the Shellharbour, Illawarra and Wollongong areas.

“The NLR is an awesome truck,” said Smartbuild Founder and Director, Jake Brady. “I should have bought one years ago. I have a top-of-the-range work ute but it gets trashed and can’t handle the loads that I need it to. My business has outgrown it in every way.”

According to Isuzu, the NLR has a Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) of 4,500kg, which means it can be driven on a standard car licence, running at 110 kW at 2,800 rpm and 375 Nm at 1,600 – 2,800 rpm.

“The Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) makes it so easy to drive,” said Brady. “It’s smooth through the gears and the truck has a really comfortable cab, so my workers are constantly raving about it.

“I love that it’s an AMT but you can do the manual switch if you’ve got a full-load and need that extra power, it works seamlessly.

“Even though sometimes I’d prefer to be driving the truck, my workers have it now so if I’m not on site they’ve always got everything they need,” he said.

Isuzu has said that the NLR’s AMT has both clutchless manual and fully automatic operation modes. NLR safety features include Isuzu Electronic Stability Control (IESC), Anti Skid Regulator (ASR) traction control and Anti-lock Braking (ABS).

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