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Smarter transport solutions

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As a business owner and building professional, you need a vehicle that’s versatile, spacious, efficient and reliable. Isuzu Trucks unpacks the challenges of buying a light-duty truck.

Liz Barrett

Senior Content Producer

Humans are not, by their nature, sedentary creatures. Until 10,000 years ago, we were primarily nomadic since food sources were unstable. With the onset of controlled agriculture and domestication, the hunter-gatherer lifestyle soon gave way to permanent structures and the need to follow safe paths from place to place. Transport enabled communication, trade and forms of exchange, and ultimately the growth of civilisation. 

As our cities and regions continue to evolve and grow, so do our roads and infrastructure. The transport industry is facing a period of change, driven by social, economic and technological trends – just like the building and construction industry. 

When it comes to running your business, your vehicle is as integral as your tools and materials. In fact, nothing grinds to a halt faster than when your transport is holding you back. There’s a lot to contemplate when purchasing a new vehicle so where do you start? 

Whether your business is growing or you’re looking for ways to curtail your carbon footprint, you want to reduce running costs and effectively manage your materials. The answer might lie in buying a light truck to meet those objectives. 

Isuzu Australia Limited (IAL) recently conducted the largest truck industry research of its kind in Australia, speaking to more than 1000 road transport decision-makers from multiple industries, including construction. The Future of Trucking Report – The Road Ahead provides insights into trends likely to impact the industry. The survey began in late 2019 but the findings combine underlying industry changes with the current COVID-19 environment. Most importantly, this report may help you make an informed purchase that assists with reaching your business and building goals. 

Changing face of construction 

While COVID-19 has impacted many aspects, the building and construction sector has continued to thrive. However, the pandemic has affected the way we work. Shortages of supply, rising costs, tightening of budgets and calls for safe and sustainable practices means we must work smarter, and so must our modes of transport.

Despite the shifting industry conditions, many businesses are still prepared to purchase new vehicles, and light trucks offer a solution to the growing list of challenges builders face. As a result, these vehicles can help builders make the most of opportunities and plan for growth. 

Flexible trucking solutions 

When selecting a new truck, versatility, fuel efficiency and safety are paramount. As the housing boom continues, building professionals demand the immediate availability of drivable, turn-key, fit-for-purpose products – and light trucks tick all the boxes.

‘The vast majority of truck purchases today are safer, more economical, two-pedal models with generous in-cab appointments and equipment, representing modern workplaces with technology and constant connectivity at the driver’s fingertips,’ said Simon Humphries, IAL Chief Engineer, Product Strategy, in the Future of Trucking Report – The Road Ahead. 

‘Depending on the intended application and operating environment, engine capacity and buyer preferences in this area is another growing influence. Similarly, technology advances are both answering demand and offering operators a taste of the future.

Simon Humphries added: ‘Mistakenly, many still picture the industry as the blue singlet and stubbies brigade. The modern professional couldn’t be further from this stereotype.’ 

Safety and technology 

According to the report, safety and compliance management are areas that require more focus. Additionally, there are varying levels of awareness, understanding and compliance with Chain of Responsibility (CoR) requirements that need to be addressed.

Another consideration for the future is that road transport in Australia is on a path to decarbonisation – it’s only a matter of time. Technology is changing the features available on vehicles and, as some can attest, electric trucks are a pleasure to drive with dynamics. The downside to this performance, however, is battery life. 

The consensus is that alternate power sources are welcomed and on their way. However, the data from this report reveals that this technology is not ready for mass consumption. 

Reducing running costs 

As businesses try to maintain momentum as restrictions lift, profitability is still the number-one obstacle for building professionals. Increasing operational costs and the pressure on margins have never been greater. When purchasing a vehicle, the cost of ownership and running costs play the most important part in the decision, alongside versatility and safety. 

‘In road transport, the demand for even better fuel economy is unrelenting,’ said Les Spaltman, IAL National Sales Manager, in the report. ‘Yet, fuel represents only one business input. Equipment performance, trip times, and driveability also contribute significantly to the final equation and determination of profitability.’ 

Les Spaltman continued: ‘An increasingly competitive market environment, in combination with the global pandemic and increasing operational costs, is working to drive down margins. Well-specified vehicles mean well-managed compliance, reduced time and energy for the operator during procurement and, ultimately, dollar savings from an efficiently performing piece of equipment.’ 

So whether you are looking for freedom or to broadening your opportunities in business, you still need to move – that’s why a light truck can get you to where you are going. 

To find out more about Isuzu’s light-duty truck range, visit www.isuzu.com.au. To download the full Future of Trucking Report, visit www.isuzu.com.au/news-media/future-of-trucking-report.
  • Businesses who believe their industry is changing rapidly – 33% 
  • Businesses who believe they have a clear and comprehensive game plan – 30%
  • Businesses who believe it is more important for new trucks to be pre-built, ready to drive away on purchase compared to a custom-built truck – 65%
  • Small fleets who are completely unprepared for or unaware of their CoR requirements – 35%
    From Isuzu Trucks’ Future of Trucking Report