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Roomy & affordable

Ropate Valemei
Saturday, February 23, 2013

IT might not be as flashy as other vehicles but its modern built and power suits to counter the weather and road conditions in Fiji.

And it is affordable, roomy, practical cabin and of course not the worst dual cab to drive.

The four variance latest model of Isuzu D-Max twin cab was launched by Carpenters Motors at their showroom in Walu Bay stormed the night with its performance and reliability.

They have launched four variances and these include D-Max 4x4 Crew Cab 3.0L, D-Max 4x4 Single Cab 2.5L, D-Max 4x4 Crew Cab 2.5L and a D-Max 4x2 Single Cab 2.5L.

Carpenters Motors National Operation manager, Alvin Sharma said the D-Max's road manners were a big step up on what would have been class-beating standards only a few years back.

"The good news starts with steering that is respectably direct and responsive. On a smooth road it steers obediently, predictably and body roll is reasonably restrained. With an empty tray it jitters about over smaller bumps, as you would expect, but the ride quality is not bad," Mr Sharma said.

He said the D-Max runs closer to benchmarks off the tarmac, where you can shift from 2WD to 4WD on the move up to 100km/h, while low-range gearing and hill-descent/ and hill-start systems endow it with genuine off-road abilities.

The D-Max has plenty of space up front and a back seat with security features to protect passengers during bumpy rides.

The targeted market for the car would be corporates and twin-cab for people who use utilities.

He added the new model mainly suited workaholic.

"Isuzu is not much of a flashy vehicle and it's not destined to be. It's more of work utilities for workaholic people rather than a flashy image that are prevalent in Fiji," Mr Sharma said.

The model had not been with Carpenters Motors before but had been a franchise for two of its competitors.

Since taking over the franchise in 2000, Mr Sharma said this new model was built with reliability and had grown.

He said the cars were fuel economical, built to last its maximised performance, and the vehicle was chosen to suit the scenery in Fiji.

"Tough, reliable, frugal and practical, the 2012 Isuzu D-Max is both effective and efficient as a truck. It may not be as stylish, comfortable or refined as some rivals, but the 2012 Isuzu D-Max focuses instead on just being a truck.

"Safety on board the new Isuzu D-Max gets a significant boost across the entire range with standard features such as anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brake force distribution, electronic stability control, traction control and brakes assist. Six airbags including dual front, side and curtains are also standard.

"It has other passive safety features on board the Isuzu D-Max that include a new collapsible steering column and brake pedal for additional driver protection. Equally, a lot of work has gone into the D-Max's pedestrian safety, with an impact-absorbing bonnet, recessed fog lamps and shatter-resistant polycarbonate headlight covers."

The D-Max also introduces a new Terrain Command system, which allows the driver to switch between two—and four-wheel-drive at speeds of up to 100km per hour with the twist of a dial.

He said they had customers who were willing to buy, like business people and commercial farmers.

The price ranges from $56,000 to $94,000 and is all available at their showrooms Fiji-wide.

FACT FILE

* Comes in 4 variances and different colours

* Price range of $56,000 to $94,000

* Suited Fiji's scenery

* Terrain command system (switch between two- and four-wheel-drive)

* Speeds of up to 100km per hour

* Tough, reliable, frugal and practical

* Not flashy but powerful and reliable

* Anti-lock braking system (ABS)

* Six airbags including dual front, side and curtains are also standard

* Best suited workaholics.





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