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

TRUCK CENTRE

man – Long haul winner with Kellara Transport James Daffy – World Beater

Volume 3 Issue 4 – MaRCH 2012

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ISUZU

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JAMES DAFFY—WORLD BEATER! Congratulations to Westar service technician James Daffy, who along with his team has been recognised as the ‘best of the best’ when it comes to his isuzu servicing skills. James recently won the prestigious National Technician of the Year award in the 2011 Isuzu Australia National Technical Competition.

As a result of his success, James headed off to Japan in December last year to participate in the 2011 Isuzu World Technical Competition. James and his team pitted their skills against over 20 other teams from around the world in the ‘I-1 Grand Prix’ skills contest held at the Isuzu Kawasaki training centre in Tokyo. Each team was required to complete a series of tests examining its measurement accuracy, vehicle inspection standards,

fault identification capability, repair ability and theoretical understanding. After a gruelling contest James and his team had the prestigious honor of winning the ‘Golden Spanner Award’ – recognition of having the best service skills amongst the entire Isuzu Global Dealer Service Network. Well done James!

James Daffy (left), Adam Bell and Bernie Pease.

CONTENTS Auto Klene take delivery of first AMT Isuzu Page 3

Western Star delivering the goods for Mt Noorat Freighters Page 8

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Isuzus an important factor in All Green’s growth

MAN proves a long haul winner with Kellara Transport

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Page 6–7

Isuzus D-Max – a perfect ute for Perfect Timber Floors

Specials

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Page 10–15

Disclaimer: All material in this Newsletter is copyright and may not be produced in any format without the written permission of the author. No responsibility is accepted for unsolicited manuscripts, photographs or transparencies. All statements made, although based on information believed to be reliable and accurate cannot be guaranteed and no fault or liability can be accepted for error or omission. Articles in this Newsletter are published as a service to Isuzu, WesternStar, MAN, Foton and Isuzu D-Max owners and should not be substituted for specific advice. Published by: BravoTangoBravo Advertising www.bravotangobravo.com.au


ISUZU

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Auto Klene take delivery of THEIR first AMT ISuzu Auto Klene, specialist supplier of cleaning and detailing products for the automotive industry, has recently taken delivery of their first Isuzu truck – an NPR 400 Premium with Isuzu’s Automated Manual Transmission (AMT).

The truck is fitted out as a mobile showroom in order to showcase Auto Klene’s entire product range and this is reflected in the vibrant exterior signage and colour scheme. Auto Klene products and services are used by a wide variety of businesses including car and truck dealers, various car hire companies, auction houses, marinas and commercial car washes. Auto Klene are now the Australian distributor of Turtle Wax Professional Car Care products. The new Isuzu is the first of a series of larger trucks that Auto Klene are planning to purchase over the coming years to cope with the increased demand they are experiencing for it’s extensive range of car detailing products – the vast majority of which are manufactured locally at its plant in Dandenong, Victoria. Auto Klene have an ongoing commitment to

the environment, and this is reflected in the fact that many products are bio-degradable and the company is continually looking at ways to replace the use of chemicals with more friendly organic based products. Director Paul Treverton, who purchased the truck from Patterson Cheney Isuzu, reports that the purchase process went without a hitch and he intends taking the truck back to the dealer for its scheduled services. Paul reports that feedback from his driver is very positive – whilst initially skeptical of an auto transmission the driver is now very much a convert after experiencing the relaxed ease of driving that Isuzu’s AMT provides in stop start traffic. Contact: Paul Treverton T: 0414 256 260 E: paul@autoklene.com W: www.autoklene.com

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ISUZU

CUSTOMER EXPERIENCES

Isuzus an important factor in Nursery and garden supplies company All Green has grown steadily since founder Sam Fragapane stated the business thirty five years ago in Hoppers Crossing as a market gardener.

Now operated by son Romeo and wife Linda, the business has expanded to include a full garden supplies business which caters to the growing landscape side of the business. The nursery has steadily increased its offering over the years to include an extensive selection of flowers, trees, plants and shrubs. All Green also supply fruit trees and are one of the major suppliers of palm trees in Melbourne which have become very popular in recent years. The palm trees are supplied through All Green’s Queensland nursery. The company supplies both domestic and trade customers in metro and outer metro areas of Melbourne and Geelong. The size of the business is evidenced by its land area

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of 5 acres, a support staff of 60 people and a fleet of around twenty five trucks including light, medium and heavy duty Isuzus. Owner Romeo Fragapane has noticed a change over the years in the willingness of people to invest heavily in their gardens and this has been reflected in the continued growth of his business.


All Green’s continued growth deliveries across Melbourne. A relatively new two year old truck has recently clocked up over half a million kilometres.

The company has used Isuzus since day one – the N Series used predominantly for domestic applications whilst the heavy duty Giga models service the trade and wholesalers, supplying rock, soil and sand direct to the site from the quarry. The trucks are worked hard, regularly putting in 8-9 hour days with ongoing

“I’ve always had an excellent run with the Isuzus and that’s why I keep buying them,” Romeo said. “They’re very comfortable and I find them extremely reliable – they also stand up well to the rigours of garden supplies work,” Romeo went on to say. “My staff also enjoy driving the Isuzus which is an important consideration,” said Romeo. Due to the nature of the work, all the trucks are fitted with tipper bodies. “We’ve bought all our trucks through Westar, initially from Footscray and now

from the new truck centre at Derrimut. We’ve always received excellent service from all the personnel in both the sales and service departments which is something I value,” Romeo added. Romeo is a firm believer in regular preventative maintenance and all his trucks return to Westar for servicing – no doubt an important factor in the outstanding reliability that Romeo has experienced over the years. Contact: Romeo Fragapane T: 0418 531 475 E: romeo@allgreen.com W: www.allgreen.com.au

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MAN

CUSTOMER EXPERIENCES

MAN proves a long haul win Kellara Transport is a specialised transport company based in Launceston, Tasmania run by owner Ken Hughes. The name Kellara is an amalgamation of Ken’s two daughter’s names, Kelly and Lara. Ken has a long history in the transport business and was involved with the company run by his father and brothers, Trans United Transport, up until the late 80’s when the company was sold.

Wally had seen the MAN at Agfest and was impressed and this prompted Ken to take a closer look. At the time Ken needed a prime mover with a sleeper cab given his long interstate trips.

Ken started Kellara in the early ‘90’s, when he sensed an opportunity existed in the area of specialised and overdimensional transport – something which has been proven correct given the growth of the company since its formation.

After looking at their requirements, Ken negotiated with Phil Salter of Westar and selected a TGX 26.540 with an XL sleeper cab. “Phil has been great to deal with throughout the whole purchase process, and I’m very happy with the MAN to date,” said Ken.

Today Kellara transports products all over Tasmania as well as interstate – across the Tasman and the Nullabor to Western Australia and all the way up to Queensland. The variety of loads carried and transported is extensive. In addition to general cartage the loads often comprise oversized and heavy duty equipment, machinery, houses, portable office buildings and boats.

To say Ken’s driver Wally is happy with the MAN is something of an understatement.

To cater to these unique loads the company has a number of highly specialised trailers including tilt slide trailers, tilt trays, drop and flat deck extendable trailers, a quad axle float and dolly and a number of truck and trailer units with truck mounted cranes. A lot of Ken’s work also revolves around the recovery of heavy duty machinery and trucks. One of Ken’s driver’s, Wally, was the initial reason Ken first considered the purchase of an MAN.

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With 47,000kms under his belt in just a few short months, Wally is over the moon with the new MAN TGX which he gets to drive. “One of my first big trips was to Perth and I found out quickly she’s a bloody beauty to drive. The comfort and quietness is just outstanding – all in all it’s just a beautiful cab environment,” Wally said. “I’m absolutely rapt with it,” he added. “It took a bit of getting used to an automatic transmission given I’ve been driving manuals for years but it didn’t take me long to appreciate how good the 12 speed auto is,” Wally went on to say. Given the MAN’s performance to date Ken reckons he will certainly be considering additional MANs for his future fleet requirements.

Contact: Ken Hughes T: 0408 134 519 E: kenkellara@bigpond.com W: www.kellaratransport.com.au


nner with Kellara Transport

“The comfort and quietness is just outstanding— all in all it’s just a beautiful cab environment.”

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WESTERN STAR

CUSTOMER EXPERIENCES Western STar DELIVERING THE GOODS FOR MT NOORAT FREIGHTERS Mt Noorat Freighters is a Terang based bulk haulage company delivering stockfeed, grain, fertiliser and other bulk products throughout Victoria, South Australia, New South Wales and southern Queensland. The family owned and operated business is managed by brothers Tony and Ray Moloney with assistance from their wives. The company has its origins in Maloney Produce which commenced business in 1960. Moloney Produce was involved with the purchase, selling and cartage of grain. In 1996 Tony and Ray sold out the produce side of the business to another stock feed company, Ridley Group, but retained the transport side of the company and hence Mt Noorat Freighters was born. The dairy industry is now the main focus for the company. There are two main parts to the business; firstly, the cartage of grains and other raw materials to stock feed producers’ processing mills where they are turned into dairy pellets for stockfeed and secondly, the cartage and delivery of the stock feed to

dairy farms throughout the eastern seaboard. A wide variety of stockfeed pellets are produced to cater to the dietary requirements of cattle over the course of the year. The company also has on-site storage facilities that can take up to 9,000 tonnes of grain. Its location is a plus for farmers as it puts the stored grain within easy reach of several stock feed mills located in the nearby area. The company has grown steadily over the 15 years and now operates a fleet of 20 late model prime movers – varying in size from 15 to 45 tonnes, offering flexibility in terms of load size and type of load which can be carried. The company’s range of trailers includes Bulk Haulage Tippers, Blower Equipped Tippers, and Walinga multi-compartment feed-trailers. The versatile fleet gives clients many choices in the quantity they can order and from which company they can purchase the product. The company purchased its first Western Star around 5 years ago and since then has gone on to purchase another four – a mix of day and sleeper cab models. Tony runs a mixture of Cummins and Detroit engines.

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“There’s a lot to like about the Western Stars – they’re good quality trucks with great back up and service. Drivers love them too. The interior quietness, the roomy cab, the comfortable ride, are just some of the things drivers tell me they like about the Western Star,” Tony went on to say. “We’re finding that drivers who used to have a preference for the other brand we operate are now saying they want a Western Star!” Tony added. All the trucks were purchased from Westar where Tony was looked after by sales consultant James Leo. “I couldn’t be happier with the service I have received from James at Westar – he’s just been excellent each time we’ve dealt with him,” Tony added. Business is good for Mt Noorat Freighters and Tony certainly sees additional Western Stars being included on the fleet in coming years. Contact: Tony Moloney T: 0427 925 330 E: tony@mnf.com.au W: www.mnf.com.au


ISUZU D-MAX

CUSTOMER EXPERIENCES

Isuzu D-Max – a perfect ute for

Perfect Timber Floors Perfect Timber Floors (PTF) is a franchise supplying an extensive range of innovative timber flooring products to homeowners and multi-unit developers across Melbourne and country Victoria. Natural timber flooring has become extremely popular over the last few years.

In addition to an extensive range of natural timbers, other products supplied by Perfect Timber include laminates, cork, bamboo and parquetry.

he described as being very helpful throughout the purchase process – Martin’s thrilled with the all round performance and quality of the vehicle to date.

PTF franchisee Martin Iacuone has owned and operated the Mornington outlet for over 3 years and late last year was in the market for a new Ute to replace his ageing cab chassis model.

Martin regularly tows a tandem trailer so D-Max’s class leading towing capacity has proven a winner. “I tow loads of two to two and a half tonnes and even with that weight the D-Max doesn’t miss a beat – it feels like I haven’t even got a load at the back it’s that good - the turbo diesel engine just makes it effortless,” Martin added.

Specialising only in timber, PTF provides customers with access to a broad range of timber flooring products sourced from around the world as well as expert product knowledge and installation. PTF sources its engineered timber floors from sustainable plantations across Europe, Asia and Australia.

He looked at a number of models but settled on the D-Max LS 4x4 Crew Cab due to its excellent range of standard features, its towing capacity and the deal that he struck with Paterson Cheney Isuzu Ute.

PTF manages the entire purchase process from product selection, floor preparation and installation right through to after care with a range of sealants, stains and protection.

“I wanted to get a dual purpose vehicle that I could use for both work and with the family at the weekend and Crew Cab Utes with their 4 door, 5 seat capacity fitted the bill perfectly,” Martin said.

Martin selected the manual version as he does around 1,000km a week – “Given the mileage I do I’d get bored with an automatic!” Martin laughs. Martin picked up the D-Max in September 2011 having bought the vehicle through sales consultant Travis Jamieson who

The big interior space is another thing that Martin is impressed with and even though he is continually towing, he still gets a very respectable 650-700 kms per tank of diesel. With its distinctive full black vinyl wrap promoting Perfect Timber Floors, there’s no missing Martin’s D-Max on the roads around Mornington. Contact: Martin Iacuone T: (03) 59735062 E: martin@ptf.com.au W: www.ptf.com.au

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ISUZU

Specials isuzu truckS 2011 stock

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Offer expires 30th June 2012 or whilst stocks last. Photographs are for illustration purposes only. LMCT 578

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ISUZU D-MAX

Specials

DEMO VEHICLES READY TO GO LSU 4x4 CREW AUTO

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HD STEPS sat nav soft tonneau towbar tubliner reverse camera

towbar tubliner soft tonneau BLUETOOTH

$34,990

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WESTERN STAR

Specials ONE Y ONL

Western Star 2012 5864 SS DAY CAB *

$198,000

inc GST

• Detroit DD13 450 Hp • 750 Lt Fuel Capacity • Dura Bright Alloy Wheels • Alloy FUPS Bumper

Stock No: BN4516

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Western Star 2012 4864 FXB

$235,000*

inc GST

• Detroit DD15 560 Hp • 1400 Lt fuel Capacity • Dura Bright Alloy Wheels • 34” Stratosphere Sleeper • Alloy FUPS Bumper Stock Number: BR 3011

*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 JUNE 2012 or whilst stocks last. Photos for illustrative purpose only. LMCT 578

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MAN|FOTON

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MAN 2012 TGS 26.480 L CAB *

• 480 HP

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• 12 Speed AMT

• 12 Speed AMT

• Day Cab

• Sleeper Cab

• ISRI Drivers Seat

• ISRI Drivers Seat

$220,000 inc GST

$186,000 inc GST • High Ground Clearance

Stock No: 3052112

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Foton Aumark 4.5T

$27,900

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

Comes fitted with 4,350mm(l) x 1900mm(w) steel tray with drop sides Latest Cummins ISF diesel engine ZF 5 speed transmission ABS Reverse parking sensors Air conditioning Electric windows Cruise control Radio/CD player Can be driven on a car licence

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PARTS

Specials Airbags Neway AD246-10 W013589471

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parts

Specials Rear Chassis Specials Western Star Mudflaps

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12300RDP LONG HORN MUDFLAP WEIGHT $20.06

1117 33mm-Green $1.50

11121RDP 33mm-Amber $1.50

1115 33mm-Blue $1.50

1119 33mm-Purple $1.50

11175RDP Chrome plastic screw on $5.25

Prices shown include GST and are valid from 1st March–31st May 2012. Prices and specifications are subject to change without notice and are plus freight where applicable. Images are for illustration only–actual products may differ from shown.

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

New Gen Isuzu D-Max

Campbellfield ‘Service’ branch

The new generation D-Max is on the way. This exciting all new vehicle is scheduled to be released in Australia from mid year. Available in single, space and crew-cab body styles the new model will no doubt build on the success that the current model has achieved – full details in the next issue of Truck Force.

A reminder to all our customers that we offer a complete service and parts facility at our Campbellfield branch located cnr Hume Highway and Northbourne Road. So whether you need a service, a part or an accessory for your Isuzu, Western Star or MAN truck we’re here and ready to help.

Dandenong 200 Cheltenham Road

STAFF news SALES

Westar sales consultants Colin Dowson and Luke Dymott have returned to their original sales roles – Colin is now back to fleet sales and Luke to retail. Whilst their roles might have changed their commitment to providing the highest levels of service haven’t.

T: 1800 013 200 Western Star/MAN/Foton Dealers Campbellfield (Service & Parts only) Cnr Hume Hwy & Northbourne Rd T: 9305 3155 Dandenong 55 Kirkham Road West T: 9215 2300 Derrimut 1 Australis Drive T: 9394 0000

PARTS

A warm welcome to Michelle Warren (right) who joins us as a parts representative working out of our Westar Derrimut branch. Michelle’s appointment will further strengthen our service levels to our parts customers.

Derrimut 1 Australis Drive

Isuzu D-Max Dealer location Dandenong 200 Cheltenham Road T: 9215 2300 www.westar.com.au www.pattersoncheneytrucks.com.au

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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 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 TRUCKthat’s FORCE MARCH 2012 just |right for your business. 16package

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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.

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