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Isuzu markets single-axle city tractors.

Isuzu markets single-axle city tractors

Isuzu Truck of America's Class 7 EVR single-axle city tractor is capable of hauling up to 60,000 lbs. GCW and is frequently used in the beverage industry, the South El Monte, CA company reported. The vehicle features a 225 hr. 6SA1-T turbocharged direct injection diesel engine.

"The EVR brings high performance Isuzu technology to the city tractor market," Paul Vikner, director of sales and marketing, Isuzu, stated. He added that the model "is a highly flexible vehicle that will enable operators to haul major loads efficiently and economically."

Designed to meet the short-and mid-range hauling needs of industries such as beverage distribution, the tractor can handle up to a tandem 48-footer, the company said.

The EVR utilizes Isuzu's 6SA1-T six-cylinder direct injection turbocharged diesel engine. Thus, Isuzu said, the combustion chamber design shape, coupled with a swirl port intake system, allows the 6SA1-T to achieve outstanding levels of performance and economy. Drive train components are engineered, designed and built to ensure component compatibility and the truck's five-speed synchronized transmission provides easy shifting, long life and low maintenance.

"The combination of a two-speed rear axle, full air brakes, and tractor package makes this a formidable package for customers requiring a durable, economical and hard-working tractor," said Vikner.

According to Isuzu, EVR's aerodynamically-designed cab features round, sleek corners, tapered sides, an inclined windshield, and a curved bumper with an air deflector, which all combine to produce minimal drag and offer better economy. The cab design also includes a number of features designed to enhance driver comfort, including a Bostrum air suspended driver's seat, excellent visibility, tinted glass, impressive head and shoulder room and a highly-functional dashboard, the company reported. A tilt and telescoping steering column allows proper adjustment for driver comfort while integral power steering is standard.

A banjo-type, full-floating rear axle distributes weight on the axle housing rather than the drive components, Isuzu said, thus improving durability for rugged urban conditions. The front axle is a reverse Elliott I-beam which maintains proper alignment for improved tire life. Semi-elliptical leaf springs front and rear provide added strength for smooth handling of loads and improved ride characteristics, the company reported.

The EVR has also been designed to simplify maintenance procedures, Isuzu stated, as a tilt-cab provides easy engine access and simplified rear body mounting. Safety locks prevent unintentional cab tilting while dual 52-gallon fuel tanks lessen refueling frequency.

Isuzu's NPR Flatlow, meanwhile, which is ideal for bottled water distribution, is offering a $400 rebate program this fall, the company reported. Continuing through December 31, 1989, Isuzu said, customers will have a choice of a $400 rebate on the Flatlow or two spare tires with rims and a special tire mounting kit. The vehicle, introduced earlier this year, features a lower, flat floor allowing for easy hand-loading.

Explaining that the Flatlow is designed specifically for businesses that need frequent body access, Vikner stated, "We wanted to let small businesses know the value the Flatlow offers their unique transportation needs."

With a loading deck as low as 34.5 inches off the ground (seven inches below the normal height) and a flat floor without wheel wells, the Flatlow is a "user-friendly" vehicle that will save time and improve efficiency, Isuzu said. Reduced effort in curbside hand-loading and unloading is immediately evident.

The NPR Flatlow has a GVWR of 11,050 lbs. and is powered by Isuzu's turbocharged, four-cylinder, direct injection, 3.9 liter diesel with 126 hp. Isuzu's Electromatic four-speed overdrive automatic transmission comes as standard equipment.

Isuzu's 1990 model NRR, the 18,000 lbs. Class 5 entry, is also designed to meet the demands of today's urban delivery driver, Isuzu said. The new model handles body and payload capacities of up to 11,000 lbs. and accommodates body lengths of 12 to 22 feet. According to Vikner, the new NRR was developed to satisfy the hauling needs of a variety of industries, including beverages.

"This is an ideal vehicle for companies looking for more payload capacity than available with the Class 3 NPR but who don't need the size provided by the Class 6 FSR," Vikner said.

The new NRR features a naturally-aspirated six-cylinder, direct-injected diesel engine with a gross horsepower of 154. A patended design torodial flange-lipped combustion chamber, coupled with a swirl port intake system, allows the truck to achieve levels of power and efficiency previously unattainable in this engine size, Isuzu reported. The engine meets all federal and state certifications.

According to the manufacturer, the NRR has integral power steering, front shock absorbers and a front stabilizer bar as standard equipment. Other standard features include an exhaust brake and a cerametallic composition clutch.

The NRR can also be equipped with a variety of optional features, Isuzu said, including air conditioning, PTO, block and oil pan heaters.

Finally, Isuzu recently reported that it sold its 25,000th truck thus positioning the company as the first commercial truck importer in the U.S. to log this sales record in just five years.
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Title Annotation:Isuzu Truck of America
Publication:Modern Brewery Age
Date:Nov 20, 1989
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