Truckman and RS-3 hardtop up for WhatVan? Aftermarket Accessory of the Year

26 Nov 2019

Published in: Member News

Truckman is targeting repeat success at the WhatVan? Awards after its new, ultra-accessible RS-3 hardtop has been named as a finalist in the Aftermarket Accessories category.
Truckman is targeting repeat success at the WhatVan? Awards after its new, ultra-accessible RS-3 hardtop has been named as a finalist in the Aftermarket Accessories category.

Aiming to emulate the achievement of its truck bed drawer system, DECKED, which scooped the Aftermarket Accessories award in 2019, Truckman takes its place on a three-strong shortlist for the WhatVan? Awards’ category with its new British-built commercial hardtop.

Taking place on 11 December in London, the WhatVan? Awards are renowned as the most-prized independent endorsements of excellence in the Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) industry.

Being named a finalist is a significant honour for the Truckman RS-3, which was only introduced to the pick-up market by Truckman this summer.

Featuring remote lockable gull-wing doors which, along with the rear door, provides all-round access to enable tradespeople and engineers to easily access tools and equipment anywhere in the truck bed. Cab-high, the hardtop reduces aerodynamic drag and improves fuel efficiency as well as accessibility in cramped locations.

Suited for off-highway and construction site projects thanks to its durable structure, the hardtop’s access is matched by its security features with remote central locking on all three doors and a tinted rear door to help restrict the truck bed contents from view.

The RS-3 can be colour matched but comes as standard in the ultra-robust and OEM white matched gel coating, which is much thicker than standard paint ensuring even deep scratches to the hardtop’s exterior can be polished out. The gel coat also has comprehensive UV protection to provide a durable long-term gel finish.

Designed and built at Truckman’s facility in the West Midlands, the RS-3 has been initially introduced for the Isuzu D-Max and the Toyota Hilux Active with further OEM models due for release soon.

Mike Wheeler, Executive Chairman of Truckman, said: “Being named as a finalist in the WhatVan? Awards for the second-year running is a major endorsement of the innovation and market knowledge that exists at Truckman to create accessories that meet the challenges of pick-up truck users. We hope that the Truckman RS-3 can follow in the footsteps of DECKED and help us pick up the 2020 award!”

“Providing a practical solution for engineers operating in off-highway locations and tradespeople requiring a secure place to store and transport tools and equipment, the Truckman RS-3 is a highly durable and robust canopy, which is proving to be a popular addition to our commercial hardtop range. In particular, the cab-high remote lockable three-door access is a welcome feature for those who need to quickly get to the contents of their truck bed, which we hope will also be a winning concept for the WhatVan? Judges!”
Submitted by Jamie from Auto Styling Truckman Group
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