Work Truck named Isuzu Commercial Truck of America's (ICTA) Class 6 FTR cabover its 2018 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year and presented the award today at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. This marks the third win for the truckmaker since the award was first presented 11 years ago.
Professional fleet managers chose the truck from among nine vehicles that were included on an online ballot. They were asked to consider which medium-duty truck model best fit their fleet requirements for application effectiveness, durability, quality, servicing, maintenance, and lifecycle costs.
"Thank you to all the readers of Work Truck magazine for this honor for the third time in six years," said Shaun Skinner, president of ICTA. "We are all very proud of the all-new Class 6 Isuzu FTR, and this year's honor is particularly rewarding for us since the FTR is not your typical Class 6 truck."
"Its low-cab-forward design and proven 5.2L four-cylinder engine allows for great maneuverability and excellent fuel economy, and we are confident it will be the truck for the future," Skinner said. "We are excited to see that the readers of Work Truck share that same confidence and voted the Isuzu FTR as Medium-Duty Truck of the Year."
The FTR is powered by a 5.2L 4HK1-TC turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine mated to a 6-speed Allison automatic transmission with power take-off (PTO) capability. The truck features eight wheelbases to accommodate bodies from 14 to 30 feet, increased forward visibility, and a turning diameter of 43.7 to 65 feet.
Work Truck's executive editor Lauren Fletcher presented the award to ICTA's Tim Ellsworth, product planning manager; Shaun Skinner, president; and Brian Tabel, executive director of marketing.