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Truck FORCE The Newsletter of Melbourne Isuzu Dealers & Patterson Cheney / Westar Truck Centres


New Budget Isuzus to carry Life Education message Western Star part of the family with SKR Express

Volume 3 Issue 2 – July 2011






New Budget Isuzus to carry Life Education message

Another Isuzu for PTR & Sons Concrete Pumping Due to continued growth, PTR and Sons Concrete Pumping has recently taken delivery of another Isuzu. The company has been established for 12 years and during that time has experienced good growth and is now running a fleet of 6 trucks. The Bayswater based business is very much a family affair with founder Pat Russo, wife Laura, daughter Dianah and sons actively involved with running the business. PTR currently has a mix of Isuzu models with each truck custom designed to suit a specific market application.

One is used for small paving, one for house slabs and tennis courts and another for factories. Son Tony Russo reports that he is extremely pleased with both the Isuzu trucks and the quality of the service he receives from Patterson Cheney and this has resulted in the company gradually moving to a predominantly Isuzu fleet. The trucks are painted a vivid blue colour scheme which helps get the company noticed out on Melbourne roads.

Two new Isuzu FTR 900 curtainsiders resplendent in Life Education livery have recently been delivered to Budget franchisee Paul Wheelton (OAM) who owns a number of franchises in Melbourne’s Northern and Eastern suburbs and Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

Both trucks’ curtains feature the basics of the Life Education message and include the iconic ‘Harold’ - the friendly giraffe well known to many school children. Life Education is the largest non-government provider of health education to children and young people Australia-wide.

Life Education’s program builds the capability of young people by challenging their values and attitudes, expanding their knowledge and developing their skills. It aims to motivate, encourage and empower children to exercise real choice – and make informed, healthy lifestyle decisions.

Paul Wheelton is currently Chairman of Life Education Victoria’s Board of Directors and a member of LEV’s Strategic Planning Task Force. Paul has been pivotal in the success of LEV’s fundraising events, profile raising activities and strategic direction.

In 2010 Life Education worked in 3,200 schools. Each of these schools opted to partner with the organisation and purchase their services to make available the program to 610,000 students.

Life Education was founded in the late 1970’s because of heightened concerns about the misuse of drugs and alcohol amongst young people, and the immediate and sometimes tragic consequences of such poor health behaviours. Its mission is to empower children and young people to make informed choices for a safe and healthy life and their message is taken around schools throughout Australia. Good health underpins the wellbeing of all Australians. It is a critical enabler determining a person’s capacity to lead an active and productive life.

Funding is raised through schools, the parents and carers of the students participating in the program, Government Grant funding and self generated fundraising activities. Paul Wheelton has been a long term customer of Patterson Cheney and operates hundreds of Isuzus across his various Budget franchises. Patterson Cheney has also been a long term supporter of the Life Education program. With their striking graphics, Paul is confident the new Isuzus will help spread the Life Education message even further. For further information or to donate to Life Education log onto: www.lifeeducation.org.au

Contact: T: (03) 9738 2233 E: ptrandsonsconcretepumping@hotmail.com

CONTENTS New Budget Isuzus to carry Life Education message

Select Solutions select D-Max for crucial maintenance role

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New MAN TGS 8x4 Released

Western Star part of the family with SKR Express

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Truckie’s Mate. An iPhone App just for Truckies! Page 6

Specials Page 10–15

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Select Solutions select D-Max for crucial maintenance role SP AusNet is the electricity distribution company that provides electricity to consumers in the eastern half of Victoria. Select Solutions is a division of SP AusNet and is responsible for the maintenance inspections of 380,000 distribution poles throughout regional areas in the Eastern half of Victoria. Select Solutions provides an end–to-end service involving quality data capture and invasive testing on these poles. David Cairns, Select Solutions Contracts Manager, is responsible for overseeing this maintenance program. David, along with Graham Steen from SP AusNet’s Fleet department, was responsible for the selection of the D-Max Utes to carry out this important maintenance role. David was looking for a Cab Chassis Ute that offered ruggedness, extra space behind the front seats and the go-anywhere ability of 4 wheel drive. After reviewing a number of articles about D-Max and using information from Graham’s fleet department a decision was made to purchase ten, 4x4 Space Cab Chassis D-Maxs with delivery scheduled for end of May 2011. The D-Maxs are fitted with a custom designed tray and associated storage compartments built by Fleetweld. This unit features a number of safety features including front Road Patrol signs and rear traffic flashing indicators to direct traffic to the left or right of the vehicle. The storage cupboards are ventilated to allow for the safe storage of petrol. One of the most useful and innovative features of the storage compartments relates to the locking button on the key fob. When this is pushed, not only do the doors of the Ute lock and unlock but so do all the compartments at the rear of the Ute saving significant time and hassle. The vehicles also feature an inverter to convert 24 volts DC into 240 volts AC, thereby allowing for use of a drill and other power equipment whilst out on the road. There was a fairly short lead time for delivery of all ten vehicles and it was important that the Utes were delivered to us at a specific date – “I was really impressed that was achieved,” David said. The ten D-Maxs are strategically located at three of Select’s zones; Benalla, Sale and Lilydale in order to reduce the time taken for employees to drive to and from home. “Early feedback from drivers is very positive. However, the Utes are going to have a pretty tough 12 months given the off road conditions they will sometimes encounter and I’m interested to see how they stand up to the rigours of country driving,” David went onto say. Stay tuned for a follow up report in 12 months! Contact: T: (03) 9237 4547 E: david.cairns@selectsolutions.com.au W: www.select-solutions.com.au









Truckie’s Mate. An iPhone App just for Truckies! Western Star Trucks have launched an iPhone app designed to make truckies’ lives that little bit easier out on Australia’s roads. Called Truckie’s Mate, it has a whole lot of useful features.

NEW MAN TGS 8x4 released

To further extend MAN’s range and appeal to niche operators, a new TGS 8 x 4 Cab Chassis has been released that will be of particular interest to companies involved in the Hooklift and Crane-truck market segments. The model features MAN’s Euro 5, 6-cylinder 4-valve inline engine, with Common Rail injection, turbocharging and intercooling coupled to a MAN 12 speed TipMatic transmission. An extensive range of engines is available from 360Hp to 540Hp. For more information about this new model talk to your nearest MAN Dealer.

First up there’s Accident Help which is designed to assist drivers in the event of an accident. Importantly, the Emergency Services number can be retrieved quickly and dialled with a simple push of a button. The accident detail section enables drivers to capture all the crucial accident information – the location, the time, damage incurred, plus witness details – they can also take photos of the accident scene. All the relevant truck and insurance details can be pre loaded for easy retrieval when needed and the accident information, photos and relevant details can be packaged up and emailed to the insurer and other parties. One of the most useful functions of Truckie’s Mate is the Truck Stop Finder. Drivers can find out where the next Truck Stop is from their current location, or alternatively, just check out all the Truck Stops along their intended route to help plan the next trip. Western Star owners can easily locate their nearest Dealer for some urgent parts, a repair or just a routine Service. By clicking on the Truck Dealer button the nearest Western Star Dealer is shown along with all the necessary contact details. There’s also a direct link to the Western Star website where all the latest news and vehicles can be reviewed. And there’s also useful information on the latest fatigue laws and links to each state’s respective road authorities website. Truckie’s Mate can be downloaded for free at the iTunes store. www.apple.com/au/itunes/

MAN Warranty Extension announced –

4 year, 600,000km

As further evidence of the quality of the MAN product and for additional peace of mind, all new MAN on-road trucks now come standard with a 4 year, 600,000km drive line warranty (2011 plated units).







Western Star part of the family with SKR Express

After working as a driver for many years for other transport companies, Sam Kalogiannopolous and partner Sally decided that the time was right to form their own refrigerated transport company. That was back in 2005 and today SKR Express has grown to be a significant player in the refrigerated transport market – primarily involving the transport of frozen meat. The company has key contracts with a number of supermarket chains and abattoirs and transports meat throughout the entire Eastern seaboard of Australia. Melbourne to Brisbane is one of the most frequent runs as the company’s major distribution depot is based in Brisbane. Sam started off his business with just one truck – a Western Star purchased from Westar. Since then Sam has purchased a new Western Star each year – his most recent purchase being a 4900 model that was delivered in June this year. Sam names driver comfort as one of the best features of Western Star along with the space that the Stratosphere sleeper cab provides. “My drivers love the Western Stars – it’s hard to get them out of them!” Sam laughs. Sam’s business success can be attributed to not just his business skills but his attitude in relation to his staff. “Our philosophy is to treat all our staff as family and provide them with top quality trucks to drive and a good working environment. We look after them and in return they look after us and our customers,” Sam went onto say. The quality and professionalism of service that Sam has received over the years from Westar personnel is one of the major reasons he continues to buy Western Stars. “Without doubt the Western Star is a great product, but one of the key reasons we keep going back is that the guys at Westar provide such great service. They really do treat us as part of the family,” Sam said. Sam’s trucks sport distinctive colour schemes. His most recent Star is painted in vivid purple whilst the one that was delivered prior is painted in a silver and black shadow tone with a superb airbrushed portrait of his partner Sally on the bonnet. “I like my trucks to be distinctive and with the various colour schemes we have there’s no doubt that they stand out on the roads,” Sam added. Contact: T: (03) 5429 3644 M: 0418 990 178 E: skalogs.skr@hotmail.com








great deals


on these ready-to-work

isuzu trucks! NPR 200 – Euro V medium premium tradepack Just

$54,600 DRIVE AWAY

• Super clean Euro V/ADR 80/03 155 hp (114kW) 5.2Litre SiTEC Series III diesel engine • Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) • Aluminium tray body • Alloy bullbar • Approx 2-tonne payload • Driver and passenger airbags • Towbar – factory fitted 3500kg • Ladder racks

• Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) • Anti Skid Regulator (ASR) • Front fog lamps • Instrument panel multi-information display • Cruise control • Chrome grille • AM/FM CD MP3-compatible system • Can be driven on a car licence

Max Pack includes:

NPR 200 – Euro V medium tradepack Just




• Super clean Euro V/ADR 80/03 155 hp (114kW) 5.2Litre SiTEC Series III diesel engine • 5 Speed Manual Transmission • Aluminium tray body • Alloy bullbar • Approx 2-tonne payload

• Driver and passenger airbags • Towbar – factory fitted 3500kg • Ladder racks • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) • Anti Skid Regulator (ASR) • AM/FM CD player • Can be driven on a car licence

• Canopy

• tubliner

• leather seats

• carpet mats

• sat nav

• towbar

• Bluetooth

• nudge bar

• reverse camera


Available on the following models: 4x4 LSU Manual | 4x4 LSU Auto | 4x2 LS Auto | 4x2 LS Manual * (4x2 LS manual)


NLR 200 – Euro IV Short Van Just

$45,750 DRIVE AWAY

Offers end 30th September 2011 or whilst stocks last. Photographs are for illustration purposes only. LMCT 578



Serial Number





2010 Grey SX 4x2 Auto

Soft Tonneau, Window Tint, Bluetooth

$26,990 Drive Away


2010 White LS 4x2 Auto

Tubliner, Towpack, Window Tint

$29,990 Drive Away


2010 Grey LSU 4x4 Auto

Sportsbar, Tubliner, Bluetooth

$37,990 Drive Away


2010 White SX 4x4 Manual

Soft Tonneau, Tubliner, Towpack, Window Tint

$37,990 Drive Away


2010 Black LSU 4x4 Auto

Hardlid, Towpack, Window Tint, Bluetooth

$39,990 Drive Away

Whilst stocks last. Photographs are for illustration purposes only. LMCT 578






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MAN 2011 TGS 26.400 L cab


inc GST • 400 HP • 12 Speed AMT • Sleeper Cab • Isri Drivers Seat

western star 2010 4964 FXT Sleeper Cab *

western star 2010 4864 FXB Sleeper Cab *

MAN 2010 TGX 26.540 XLX cab *

• Cummins ISX 550 Hp 1850 Lb/ft Torque

• Cummins ISX 550 Hp 1850 Lb/ft Torque

• 540 HP

• 18 Speed Road Ranger

• 18 Speed Road Ranger

• 12 Speed AMT

• 4 x Rectangular Fuel Tanks

• 1800 Lt Fuel

• Sleeper Cab

• 54” Stratosphere Sleeper

• 40” Stratosphere Sleeper

• Isri Drivers Seat

• Alcoa Alloy Wheels

• Alcoa Alloy Wheels

$255,000 inc GST

$231,000 inc GST

Stock No: 30S2098

MAN 2010 TGS 26.480 M Cab

$192,000 inc GST

* $166,000 inc GST • 480Hp • 12 Speed AMT • Day Cab • Isri Drivers Seat

• L ast chance for a 2010 plated FXB Stock No: AL3547

Stock No: AW9747


western star 2010 4800 FS2

Stock No: 30X0867

$175,000*inc GST

• Series 60 475Hp

• 18 Speed Road Ranger

• 940 Lt Fuel

• Alcoa Alloy Wheels

Stock No: 30S1330

real truck. unreal price Foton Aumark 4.5T

*Price includes GST and dealer delivery, but excludes registration, stamp duty, and other statutory charges. These cannot be quantified dur to the fact that these will vary depending on the vehicles final specification, intended application and state in which the vehicle will operate. To obtain a drive-away price please contact us to discuss your individual requirements and intended use of the vehicle. Offers end 30th september 2011 or whilst stocks last. Photos for illustrative purpose only. LMCT 578



Comes fitted with 4,350mm(l) x 1900mm(w) steel tray with drop sides Latest Cummins ISF diesel engine ZF 5 speed transmission

the All new ‘ready-to-work’

Stock No: AK1218

3 year 3 year 24/7 roadside assist! 100,000km warranty

$33,500 Drive away

ABS Reverse parking sensors Air conditioning Electric windows Cruise control Radio/CD player Can be driven on a car licence




New World honda generator



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brake drums

SP 240 piece metric toolkit


Bonus Free Pressure Washer! SP 50102 Just



00 $990 inc gst

$9500 inc gst

Cordless 18 Volt torque control Impact Wrench

spring brakes – brake boosters

best value ever

RDBB 3030 RDBB 2430

SP 81128 Just


$799 00 inc gst

$45 inc gst 00

Cordless 18 Volt high speed Drill

slack adjusters

includes bonus 41 piece metric/sae socket set (RRP $110 00)

RDSA 5020 (3 HOLE 10 SPLINE) RDSA 5023 (2 HOLE 10 SPLINE) RDSA 5024 (2 HOLE 28 SPLINE) RDSA 5025 (3 HOLE 28 SPLINE)

SP 81233 Just


$399 00 inc gst

inc gst

$17 50

Massive savings on all Honda products at New World Honda EU20i






after cash back

after cash back

New Parts Hours Just

For maximum customer convenience, Westar Derrimut have extended the opening hours of their Parts department.


The new hours are: Monday – Thursday 8am – 8.30pm

DONALDSON ENGINE liquid FILTER KITS Kit No. Contents WSKIT 1 1Xp553000(lube), 1Xp551122(fuel)

$75 90 inc gst

suitable for CUMMINS ISC engines Kit No. Contents WSKIT 4 2Xp552100(lube), 1Xp556915(fuel), 1Xp556916(fuel)

$51 inc gst 40

suitable for DETROIT DIESEL SERIES 60 engines Kit No. Contents WSKIT 12 1Xp559000(lube), 1Xp552200(fuel) suitable for CUMMINS ISx egr engines KITS FOR OTHER MAKES ALSO AVAILABLE.




$7450 inc gst

Friday 8am – 7.30pm Saturday 8am – 12 noon

Parts Hotline

(03) 9394 0200 After hours

0407 338 028

Prices valid to 30th September 2011, or while stocks last. Photographs are for illustration purposes only.

You might already know that the whisper-quiet, reliable, light EU series Honda generators generate a lot of power. But now that they come with cash back, they’re generating a lot of talk too. Purchase the EU10i and you’ll get $150 cash back. Choose the EU20i and you’ll pick up a massive $300 cash back. These savings will generate a lot of interest so hurry into New World Honda now! Offer lasts until 31st August 2011 or until stocks run out. 6 PRESTIGE PLACE, BERWICK Ph: (03) 8794 0000 newworldhonda.com.au LMCT578


STAFF news

Melbourne Isuzu Dealers Campbellfield (Service & Parts only) Cnr Hume Hwy & Northbourne Rd

zone champion winner

Dandenong 200 Cheltenham Road

Congratulations to Patterson Cheney Sales Consultant Debra Hollingsworth, who was recently named Tier One Zone Champion in Isuzu’s prestigious Team Elite program.

Derrimut 1 Australis Drive

Team Elite recognises and rewards consultants who have achieved excellence in both sales and customer service. Well done Debra.

T: 1800 013 200

Customer Care Specialist appointed

Dandenong 55 Kirkham Road West T: 9215 2300

A warm welcome to Wendy Trestrail who joins us in the role of Customer Care Co-ordinator for the entire truck division.

Derrimut 1 Australis Drive T: 9394 0000

Wendy who has recently moved from South Australia to Victoria will be responsible for ensuring our customers receive the highest levels of service across all departments within our dealerships. Wendy is familiar with trucks and the truck industry by virtue of her Dad being a truckie for many years. Welcome Wendy.

Isuzu D-Max Dealer location Dandenong 200 Cheltenham Road T: 9215 2300

Western Star/MAN Dealers Campbellfield (Service & Parts only) Cnr Hume Hwy & Northbourne Rd T: 9305 3155

www.westar.com.au www.pattersoncheneytrucks.com.au



the PaTTERson cheney group

Our truck customers are familiar with the Isuzu, Western Star and MAN brands. But what many people don’t realise is just how many other leading automotive brands fall under the Patterson Cheney umbrella. In addition to the aforementioned truck brands, today you can look to Patterson Cheney for Honda, Holden, Toyota cars and recreational vehicles, Mercedes-Benz Passenger Cars and Vans, Isuzu D-MAX, Honda motorcycles, as well as Honda lawn, garden and power equipment products. And there are a couple of very good reasons why it’s worth talking to us if you’re in the market for any of the above brands. Firstly, because our buying power is so big,

In House finance. tailor-made for Western Star & MAN owners

easy finance. Buy an Isuzu with No Financials

Patterson Cheney/Westar Truck Centres can provide you with an ultra-competitive and flexible finance package for your new truck. With over 15 banks and finance companies offering exclusive deals to Western Star and MAN customers, you can be confident that you’ll get a finance package that’s just right for your business.

Conditions ✔ 3 years industry experience ✔ Home owner ✔ Clear CRAA

we can pass the savings on to you as well as offering you a great range of competitive finance packages. Secondly, you’ll experience the same great service that you’ve come to expect from any of our ‘other’ Dealerships – we didn’t get this big without looking after our customers, no matter if they’re buying new, used, parts, service or finance. All our staff have an absolute commitment to customer satisfaction – they know what they’re talking about, so you can rely on their advice. So if you’re in the market for one of the brands above, your first stop should be to talk to your existing truck sales consultant who will point you in the right direction.

In House Dandenong 200 Cheltenham Rd | Con Nitsikas 0409 799 948 Derrimut 1 Australis Drive, Derrimut Sam Mangano 0412 067 683

✔ Good credit history ✔ Maximum term 60/30%


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Volume 3 Issue 2 – July 2011 The NewsleTTer of MelbourNe Isuzu Dealers & PaTTersoN CheNey / wesTar TruCk CeNTres TRUCK CENTRE TRUCKS


Volume 3 Issue 2 – July 2011 The NewsleTTer of MelbourNe Isuzu Dealers & PaTTersoN CheNey / wesTar TruCk CeNTres TRUCK CENTRE TRUCKS