The two Isuzu FSR 800 AMT’s entered for the test, were identical vehicles except for the aerodynamic kit fitted to the one unit.
Isuzu N-Series with AMT is the market leader in terms of lifetime costing and minimal environmental impact. In addition, every feature on this technically advanced medium truck also makes it driver friendly and is setting the standard for future cost efficiency among medium truck operators.
The introduction of the AMT in the larger F-Series models are certainly to have similar benefits to operators. Fitted to the 11, 13, and 15 ton GVM Isuzu models, the AMT transmission promises to have an 18 month payback period even with the extra premium require at point of purchase.
The concept of the AMT in the larger vehicles was emphasised when Isuzu Truck South Africa entered two F-Series vehicles in the recent truck test conducted in Johannesburg. Fourteen vehicles from the major manufacturers participated in the event which was restricted to vehicles with a permissible vehicle mass of between 13 500 kg and 16 000 kg. Each vehicle was prepared with the same specification, with cargo body and with permissible payloads from 6 661 kg to 7 931 kg depending on each vehicle’s carrying capacity. Aerodynamic kits were also permitted on vehicles as an option.
The two Isuzu FSR 800 AMT’s entered for the test, were identical vehicles except for the aerodynamic kit fitted to the one unit. Being the only AMT type vehicles they acquitted themselves exceptionally well throughout and were able to achieve fuel consumption figures which were well inside those achieved by the competitive brands proving that the AMT transmission has nullified the old concept of power loss and high fuel consumption associated with automatic transmissions.
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