Trades Turn to Trucks as Demand Hits New Heights

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Isuzu Trucks – With demand on trade services at an all-time high, the choice of which vehicle best delivers genuine business efficiencies has never been of more importance.

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Recent Federal Government statistics show that just shy of 70,000 new tradies joined the industry between November 2022 and 2023. This is a combined tradie workforce of 1,347,500, making it one of the highest employers in Australia, second only to health care and social assistance.

With demand growing, Australia’s most popular heavy vehicle brand, Isuzu Trucks, has announced a compelling offer on its premium trade-centric transport solution, the 4,500 kg Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) Ready-to-Work NLR 45-150 Traypack.

The car drivers’ licence Traypack deal provides the likes of carpenters, electricians, plumbers and landscapers a fit-for-purpose light truck at a competitive price and without the need to upgrade any licencing credentials.

The deal

For a limited time (01 April 2024 – 30 June 2024) and as part of its Ready-to-Work, Playtime’s Over campaign, Isuzu is offering the NLR 45-150 AMT SWB Traypack for a drive-away price of $62,990, with a bonus $3,500 extras that can be put towards Isuzu Genuine Parts & Accessories or an Isuzu Essentials Service Agreementat the buyer’s discretion.

The bonus $3,500, which can be used for Isuzu Genuine Parts & Accessories or for an Isuzu Essentials Service Agreement, is also applicable across Isuzu’s entire NLR Traypack range, offering greater choice with manual and two-pedal Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) models in a variety of short-and medium-wheelbase sizes.

All-round value

Craig White, Head of Sales at Isuzu Australia Limited (IAL), said the offer was one not-to-be missed for those operators new to the sector and looking to streamline their operating costs.

“It’s a commonly held belief that you need a rigid vehicle licence to drive a truck, but that’s simply not the case for many models in our light-duty range, which includes the Ready-to-Work NLR 45-150 Traypack,” commented Mr White.

“At this 4.5-tonne GVM mark, there are no additional driver training costs, plus all the benefits of owning a light truck as opposed to a traditional ute or van. More payload, increased towing capacity, better visibility and better suitability for all manner of trades.

“The savings continue through to the bonus $3,500 which can be spent on further parts or accessories upgrades or a service agreement package to streamline the monthly budget and assist in reducing the whole-of-life cost of owning a commercial vehicle,” he continued.

“It’s all part of how Isuzu Trucks offers improved value for customers from the initial sale, right through to the whole working life of the vehicle.”

Combined with Isuzu’s industry-leading six-year warranty (covering cab chassis) and three years on the body equipment, as well as six years of 24/7 roadside assist— it’s a complete package that’s hard to resist.

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The Isuzu NLR 45-150 AMT SWB Traypack

Form & function

The NLR 45-150 AMT SWB Traypack is all about business, with a payload capacity of 2,210 kg, and a substantial 4,000 kg towing limit,** making light work of ferrying extra equipment or towing a tag-along trailer.

Plenty of punch is available from a four-cylinder 4JJ1-TCS turbo-diesel engine producing 110 kW @ 2,800 rpm of power and 375 Nm of torque @ 1,600 – 2,800 rpm.

Adaptability for a wide range of applications—both on and off-site—is assured with the Traypack’s pre-built, heavy-duty aluminium tray a headline feature. Including removable drop-sides and rear tailgate, integrated load restraint anchor points, headboard (including rear window protector) and a low light capable reversing camera.

For operators conscious of driver safety and compliance obligations, Isuzu’s Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) comes standard on all new 4×2 N Series trucks, helping to protect driver and other users alike.

Isuzu’s ADAS works to keep drivers alert and aware of surroundings with automated safety features such as Advanced Emergency Braking (AEB), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Departure and Traffic Movement Warning (LDW), and a Distance Warning System (DWS).

Make the move Isuzu Trucks 

With its winning combination of trade-ready features and capacity to handle the heavy loads, the NLR 45-150 SWB Traypack is Isuzu’s number-one selling light-duty truck in Australia.

Mr White said at over 70 locations nationwide, Isuzu Dealerships were eager to help businesses secure their perfect work transport.

“There’s incredible demand for tradespeople and services across a gamut of industries right now, which extends to increased demand on their associated capital equipment.

“The NLR 45-150 AMT SWB Traypack not only has more load space compared to a regular ute, it also can carry a substantial 1,000 kg of additional weight, with a much greater legal towing capacity. That means more tools and materials on-board and fewer trips back to base, and all in a vehicle specifically engineered to get this work done day in and day out.

“It’s these real-time savings that add up to better value and better efficiency for trade businesses over the long run,” determined Mr White.

Further details can be found at and local Isuzu dealerships.

Isuzu Trucks Offer details

*Offer One: The NLR 45-150 AMT SWB Traypack (NLR 45-150 Truck) Drive away promotion is available only on new NLR 45-150 AMT SWB Trucks sold between 1 April 2024 – 30 June 2024 (Promotion Period). This offer is not available in conjunction with any other offer, except for Offer Two outlined below. Featured drive away price of $62,990 for the NLR 45-150 Truck includes GST, 12 months registration, government and statutory charges, and dealer delivery costs. Drive away price excludes any parts and accessories that are not supplied as standard as outlined on the NLR 45-150 Truck specification sheet.

Offer Two: This offer applies to the entire Isuzu Ready-to-Work NLR Traypack range purchased during 1 April 2024 – 30 June 2024. Purchasers of new Ready-to-Work NLR Traypack Vehicles will receive $3500 in value to apply towards either Isuzu Genuine Accessories (GST included) or towards an Isuzu Essential Service Agreement which must be used at the time of purchase of any new Isuzu Ready-to-Work NLR Traypack Vehicle. Offer Two cannot be transferred or redeemed in whole or in part for cash. Fleet and Government purchasers are not eligible for either Offer One or Offer Two. For full Terms & Conditions visit

**4,000 kg maximum towing limit applies. Trailer weight should not exceed towing vehicle weight. Limit is subject to government regulatory requirements.