It has been a trying time for everyone, and Australian businesses in just about every industry have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.
But the federal government has stepped in to support businesses’ operations and the national economy, with initiatives such as tax-free cashflow boost for employers, apprentice wage subsidy, boosted instant asset write-off and accelerated depreciation measures, among others.
Importantly for road transport businesses and those relying on trucks and other capital equipment, the instant asset write-off threshold has been increased, rising from $30,000 to $150,000 for businesses with an aggregated annual turnover of less than $500 million.
Coupled with the cashflow boost for small- to medium-sized businesses, this is giving employers the chance to not only remain operational but also bolster assets in preparation for the eventual recovery.
In this tough economic context, the timely Isuzu Trucks Takeaway Truck campaign is back again in 2020, offering savings across the ever-reliable Ready-to-Work range, which will run from 1 April to 30 June 2020.
Headlining the Takeaway Truck campaign is the NLR 45-150 AMT Traypack, which is now priced extremely well.
With its compelling price tag, the NLR 45-150 AMT Traypack presents sound economic sense when compared to other trade vehicles, such as utes and vans.
The NLR Traypack features a GVM of 4,500 kg and a GCM of 8,000 kg, as well as 110 kW of power 2,800 rpm and 375 Nm of torque 1,600–2,800 rpm, making this light truck model arguably one of the most capable car-licence commercial vehicles on the market.
Facilitating the NLR AMT Traypack’s payload capacity and power is the ever-reliable 4-cylinder, 16-valve Isuzu 4JJ1-TCS engine mated to Isuzu’s six-speed automated manual transmission (AMT; fully featuring automatic and clutchless manual operation modes with a torque converter for smooth take-off).
These features are packaged in an intuitive pre-bodied format, which comprises a 3.15-metre heavy-duty aluminium tray, integrated load restraint anchor points, removable drop sides and rear tailgate.
These combine to make the NLR AMT Traypack a versatile and comfortable workhorse capable of transporting all your tools, materials and equipment safely to your worksite in one trip.
Once packed with the essentials, many light commercial vehicles offer a far reduced payload and towing capacity than advertised, making compliance with workplace health and safety laws an undeniable concern.
IAL Chief Engineer, Product Strategy, Simon Humphries said,
“Often we find business owners don’t know what their vehicles are legally allowed to carry.
“And that’s not surprising—many utes are regularly promoted as ‘one-tonners’, yet if anyone were to carry one tonne in the tray, they’d be breaking the law, compromising safety and likely voiding their insurance policy.”
Considering a genuine commercial work truck with greater payload capacity and power helps to mitigate these risks – one less stress for business owners at this time.
Encompassing vehicles from its light-duty N Series line-up and medium-duty F Series models, Isuzu’s RTW range span a GVM range from 4,500 kg up to 24,000 kg, thereby finding a home in a myriad of trade and freight applications.
In many cases, the RTW line-up has been developed specifically to meet and manage specific payloads attached to different trades and services, ranging from excavation, construction and landscaping to facilities maintenance and plumbing.
Isuzu N Series RTW trucks with a 4,500 kg–rated GVM are able to be driven on a car licence, which opens up access and availability of drivers—especially useful for businesses requiring multiple or volunteer drivers.
Another key advantage of the range is the non-existent delay for body builds to be completed. They’re rugged, factory-backed builds, designed specifically for all manner of tough trade applications.
IAL National Sales Manager Les Spaltman reflected on the current crisis, confirming to Aussie business owners that Isuzu Trucks is not going anywhere.
Mr Spaltman said,
“It has certainly been a trying time for Australian families and their businesses.
“While we’re still in the midst of this health crisis, we’re conscious of the economic challenges faced by many of our customers and their businesses.
“The way we live our lives has changed significantly in just a short amount of time, but we’re mindful of the need to continue to support essential road transport.
“Isuzu Trucks remains operational in every way and we’re on hand to help. Be that by helping you in acquiring a new work vehicle or simply coming in for your scheduled service, we’re here and ready to assist.”