Double luck for Isuzu Truck

Middleton, UK: Lucky Red, part of the Yearsley Group, has taken delivery of the first of a pair of new Isuzu Forward 7.5t refrigerated trucks. These are the first vehicles since Yearsley acquired Lucky Red as part of the takeover of Ice Pak Seafood Specialists earlier this year.

The two new Isuzu N75.190 refrigerated 7.5 tonners have Solomon 4.26m refrigerated bodies and operate on multi-drop regional work, delivering frozen food predominantly to Chinese restaurants in the north of England, each covering an estimated 80,000 miles per annum.

The first of Lucky Red's two Isuzu 7.5t refrigerated trucks with Solomon bodywork and Carrier Xarios fridges

Mark Haslam, head of logistics at Yearsley Group says: “We’ve been operating vehicles at 7.5 tonnes, but we now need the improved payload that is achievable by switching to Isuzu.

“Before committing to the brand however, we did speak to other operators of Isuzus and were even given access to telematics information.  From that we could see accurate fuel consumption figures and reliability performance, which certainly helped us to make our final decision”.

Supplied by local Manchester dealer, the Hulme Group, both of the Isuzu 7.5t rigids have semi-automated transmissions and the Solomon reefer bodies have Carrier Transicold Xarios 600 direct drive refrigeration systems.  The bodies have triple opening rear doors and a single pallet-width side door to the nearside.

Keith Child, marketing director at Isuzu Truck UK say: “Temperature controlled food distribution is a very significant market sector for Isuzu Truck UK.  The proven performance of our 7.5 tonners, in terms of reliability and payload, has become recognised as industry leading.

“Our customer care philosophy has generated unprecedented levels of customer loyalty and as a consequence many companies such as Lucky Red are switching to Isuzu.  At the end of the day, commercial vehicle operators have to trust the products they buy and the organisation they’re dealing with.  I think it’s fair to say that, certainly amongst the food distribution fraternity, word is getting around that we’re living up to their expectations.”