Wait times for 2023 D-MAX utes and MU-X SUVs are on the way down, with Isuzu UTE Australia (IUA) confirming a number of strategic initiatives will reduce delays and improve supply. The changes have already translated into record-breaking vehicle deliveries.
Across June, July, and August, IUA has managed to bring more than 5,000 vehicles per month into the country, with planned vehicle arrival volumes to remain consistently higher throughout the remainder of 2023 and early-2024.
In addition to reduced component supply shortages, a multifaceted approach that encompasses improved vehicle production levels, streamlined shipping processes, and innovative solutions to address longstanding challenges have helped.
The deployment of shipping containers to supplement the traditional RoRo (roll-on, roll-off) method has effectively safeguarded IUA’s utes and SUVs from the contamination issues that have recently plagued vehicles during the importation and quarantine process.
“The company expresses sincere appreciation for the patience and ongoing support demonstrated by its customers throughout this unprecedented period of delays and guarantees its ongoing dedication to taking measures to decrease wait times remains steadfast,” IUA managing director Junta Matsui said.
While significant strides have been made, shipping and logistics remain a challenge but are a focal point for IUA’s continuous improvement efforts in the hopes of reducing vehicle lead times further.
The company is actively engaging in several initiatives to further enhance shipping efficiency both domestically and internationally, including supplier and loading port partnerships. The aim is reduce contamination risk.
They are also working with Australian Border Force regarding inspection procedures and resolution options pertaining to affected shipments. Despite the persistent challenges, both production and vehicle supply are steadily returning to normal levels.