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The Mercury Cars Guide : April 25th 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009 MACTIPPER 1990 Commercial Vehicles Isuzu FSR Tipper 1989 winch, ramps, $23,000. Mitsubishi FM555 tilt tray 1988, $34,000 ono. 6362 2614. 0 Isuzu Tipper 1999, 133,000 ks, 5 spd, tow bar, larger than factory tray, reg serv, GVM 4490 (car licence), $19,500 ono. Ph 0427 053 212. 1 ISUZU 1989 new tray and resprayed, needs rego, $4,000. Ph 0417 563 488. 0 KT ISUZU tipper, 81, reg, mech sound, recent roadworthy cert, new batteries, good tyres, body rough. $5,000. Ph 6259 1140. 0 Mitsubishi Canter 1981 diesel 3t flat tray truck, reg Sept, $2,800. Ph 0408 380 448 1 1 MOREVEHICLES! There are more cars in CARSguide Extra. To find them, look in the index of today’s classifieds. DEADLINE FOR CARSGUIDE 8PM THURSDAY Trucks, 300 9-spd, ring feeder, good cond $38,500. Ph 0402 745 281 0 TOYOTA DYNA ’97 $15,300 ono. Ph 0409 510 099. 1 WRITTENOFFERORAT AUCTION 12/05 The following vehicles may be viewed for sale 90 Ford LT9000 tipper truck with 10yd tray 97 Toyota Rav 4 wagon 93 Ford Trader 96 Nissan Patrol flat tray 87 Hino FF197K flat tray 87 Isuzu NPR Tipper truck 86 Isuzu FTR12L Flat tray truck 85 Volvo N12 tipper Please forward any written offers, prior to auction, to The Manager, Bennetto Finance Pty. Ltd, GPO Box 858 Hobart 7001. 0 at Manheim Fowles, Hobart. Hi cab 200, 5 spd tipper, 12 mths reg, good cond, Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au CARSguide —11 Isuzu steps on the gas NATURAL GAS: Australia’s top-selling truck brand, with models including the NLR 200 Traypack, is rolling out gas-powered test models. A SURVEY of potential alternative fuels for Australia led by the CSIRO in 2008 identi- fied natural gas as the natural fuel solution for trucks. In response, Isuzu, Australia’s top-selling truck brand, will this year roll out four trucks able to run on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). In its report, the CSIRO rea- soned that, with an abundant supply of natural gas from its massive natural resources, Aus- tralia was well positioned to switch to natural gas for use in trucks as an alternative to diesel, while passenger cars could switch to LPG instead of petrol. In the past, the rollout of CNG has been hampered by the lack of readily available refuelling sta- tions, forcing operators wanting to use the gas to install their own facilities at considerable expense. But with the recent increases in the cost of diesel,andmounting pressure to cut greenhouse gas with Graham Smith wheels emissions, making the switch is now easier to justify. The stable price of CNG makes the move even more attractive. While the price of diesel is linked to the international price of oil and fluctuates wildly with it, CNGis not linked to any overseas benchmark so remains relatively stable. When its CNG trucks are launched in the coming months, Isuzu will be the only truck company to offer factory-backed CNG trucks. Isuzu will introduce CNG vari- ants of theNLR200,NPR300,FSR 700 and FSR 850 to its model range. When launched they will ex- Network proves a big deal for Tassie HINO has a new dealer net- work for Tasmania covering the South, North and North- West of the state. FRM Hino takes over from Hino’s long-standing dealer, Co-Operative Motors, and will have dealerships in Hobart, Launceston and Devonport. FRM has had a long associa- tion with the Toyota group, of which Hino is a part, as a Toyota materials handling dealer selling forklifts for more than 15 years. The head office will be based in Launceston under dealer principal Ferdie de Haan and general manager Peter Brown. ‘‘Hino has very similar brand ‘DNA’ to Toyota in terms of quality, reliability and durability, and our team is very keen to make Hino the No. 1 truck brand in the state by virtue of its reputation for innovation and affordability,’’ Mr De Haan said. Salesman Peter Hope, previ- ously with Co-Operative Mo- tors, has joined FRM Hino at its Hobart dealership. Andrew Spencer has also joined the team in Launceston, and brings with him a wealth of experience in the truck sales business. ‘‘Hino is about providing transport solutions to a very diverse group of clients, and FRM is committed to provid- ing the best possible service to our customers,’’ said Hino Australia’s chief operating offi- cer Steve Lotter. ‘‘With the Federal Govern- ment’s 30 per cent tax deduc- tion and highly competitive pricing across our range of models, there’s never been a better time than right now to invest in a new Hino.’’ ceed the current emission stan- dards, and even the tougher limits to be introduced here in 2011. Isuzu has a wealth of experi- ence with CNG-fuelled trucks; it first offered them in Japan in 1991 before starting mass production in 1998. Since that time it has sold more than 10,000 units. We’ve actively pursued the de- velopment of alternative fuel technologies such as CNG, said Phil Taylor, director and CEO of Isuzu Australia. As well as the lower operating costs, the cleaner-running CNG trucks will appeal to a growing number of private fleets and government operations, particu- larly in light of the emissions trading scheme to be introduced in 2010. Taylor said that while the lack of a refuelling infrastructure was a hindrance to the development and rollout of CNG vehicles, gas suppliers are showing greater interest in establishing refuelling facilities. Isuzu has trialled CNG trucks here in the past with some quite successful results. In 2005 Isuzu imported a small batch of CNG-fuelled NPR 400 trucks, six of which were bought by the Gosford City Council in New South Wales. While using older engine tech- nology, which employed a carburettor-style mixer instead of the injection system the new trucks will use, the Gosford trucks saved almost $14,000 per truck over 100,000km compared the diesel equivalents, while re- taining adequate performance. In addition to financial savings, they also achieved substantial reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. kilograms of diesel from a similar-sized diesel truck. Isuzu will feature its new CNG trucks at the Brisbane truckshow in May. Cat global venture AUSTRALIAcouldbe line to get a new range of International trucks, possibly including the wild retro-styled Lonestar, follow- ing an agreement between Navis- tar International and Caterpillar to form a joint venture to sell trucks in this market. The 50/50 joint venture deal takes the relationship between Navistar International and Cater- pillar to a new level, and formal- ises the arrangement announced last year that the two American companies would co-operate on future product development. It was confirmed last week that under the joint venture arrange- ment Caterpillar would build Cat- branded on-highway heavy-duty vocational trucks that will com- plement its range of heavy earth- moving and construction equip- ment. The new Cat vocational trucks will be unveiled late in 2010 and enter production in 2011, but will only be sold through North Amer- ican Cat dealers. ‘‘This joint venture leverages the complementary strengths of two great companies to serve global markets,’’ said Navistar chairman, president and CEO Daniel C. Ustian. The venture will offer custom- ers on-highway trucks through the sales and service network of Cat and International dealers around the world, and the prod- uct expertise of Navistar. Caterpillar chairman and CEO Jim Owens reflected the senti- ments of the Navistar boss, and said the agreement was an impor- tant milestone for Caterpillar, which looked forward to becom- ing a significant player in the global on-highway truck market. The partners will pursue the on-highway truck business out- side North America and India, with Australia a prime focus. It is expected the trucks, to be rolled out as soon as the third quarter of this year, will be a mix of aero-bonneted style and cab- over, which will be sold under both the Caterpillar and Interna- tional brands. Where the deal leaves Iveco is uncertain. Iveco has been selling International trucks into the local market since 2002, and locally assemblingthemsince 2004, but is yet to be advised about its future with the American brand. the equivalent of about 2.6kg of CO2 One cubic metre of CNG emits compared to around three
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