Judging panels of award programs in Japan, Malaysia and the United Kingdom have verified that Isuzu vehicles continue to offer leading excellence and versatility. In Japan, the Erga heavy-duty city bus (right) was awarded a Good Design Award 2015 in the category of transportation equipment and facilities for commercial use. The Japan Institute of Design Pro mo tion announced the awardees on Sep tem ber 29. The Erga Series was released in August in Japan after undergoing a full change. The judges were impressed with its new features, such as enlarged headlamps, expanded no-step floor area, enlarged windows and improved seats, which com bine to put the Erga Series in the forefront of advanced city buses. The Good Design Award is Japan’s only com prehensive design evalua tion and commendation program. In Malaysia, the N Series truck was named the Best Medium-Light Duty Com mer cial Vehicle (5.1 to 10.0 tons) in the NST-Petronas Urania Truck of the Year 2015 program. This is the second straight year for the N Series to be honored in this program, which is organized by the New Straits Times, Malaysia’s oldest newspaper. The award was presented during a ceremony that was attended by the minister of transport at the Saujana Hotel Kuala Lumpur on Sep tem ber 29 (above right top). Isuzu Malaysia is confident that the latest N Series, known locally as the Elf, will quickly become the product of choice for truck operators who are serious about safety, quality and fuel efficiency. In the UK, the Isuzu D-MAX pickup was selected as the Pickup Truck of the Year during the Commercial Fleet Awards 2015. The program is organized by Fleet News, the leading media covering the UK fleet industry. This marked the second year running for the pickup to be honored by the program, which was formerly known as the Fleet Van Awards. The awards ceremony took place at the International Centre in Telford on September 24 (inset). According to Stephen Briers of Fleet News, the judges praised the D-MAX’s fiveyear warranty, level of safety equipment, 3.5-ton towing limit and competitive total cost of ownership.