Japanese connection for Isuzu

London, UK: Japan Centre Group, which promotes Japanese food in the UK, has added an Isuzu 13.5 tonne rigid truck, the fifth Isuzu in the nine-vehicle fleet.

The truck has a multi-temperature body by Gray & Adams and a Thermo King T-1000R Spectrum fridges with Whisper kit supplied by Marshall Fleet Solutions.

The truck handles daily deliveries from Japan Centre’s main warehouse providing a daily delivery service to two London outlets and weekly deliveries to its restaurants in Oxford and Manchester.

The connection between Japan Centre Group and Isuzu Truck goes back to 2016 when it purchased its first Isuzu 7.5 tonner. Since then it has added a further two Isuzu 7.5 tonners as well as a 3.5 tonne Grafter.

The decision to opt for higher weight 13.5 tonne Isuzu F135.240(E) model reflects the growing business and demand for higher payload. It also makes for more efficient operation.

Japan Centre Group visited before the purchase of the new Isuzu long time Isuzu operator Reynolds Catering. The visit proved useful and helped determine the final specification and operational features for the Japan Centre Group truck, Japan Centre says.

Tomohiro Nakayama, head of logistics and supply chain operations, Japan Centre Group says: “Back in 2016, we talked to several truck manufacturers about our future fleet requirements but overall, in terms of payload and efficiency, we felt that the Isuzu would give us the best options.

“This has been proven over the four years that we have been operating them. Today as our business has expanded, so too has our requirement to move up the weight range for our distribution vehicles. The first Isuzu 13.5 tonne rigid has just started working for us and this vehicle allows us to provide a far more efficient and economical daily delivery service by using the spacious multi-compartment specification for frozen, chilled and ambient products in one truck.”

All the Isuzu rigids have been supplied to Japan Centre Group by Reading based Isuzu dealer Cordwallis Commercials. The latest 13.5 tonne Isuzu has air suspension as well automatic transmission, now standard.

Japan Centre Group estimates that the new vehicle will cover about 15,000 miles a year.

The latest 13.5 tonne Isuzu has air suspension as well automatic transmission, now standard



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