Isuzu celebrates truck milestone
|By Mary Elizabeth Williams-Villano|
N-Series truck is the 50,000th one produced.
Isuzu Commercial Truck of America Inc., Anaheim, California, has announced that the 50,000th gasoline-powered Isuzu N-Series truck has been produced at the Spartan Motors plant in Charlotte, Michigan. The truck rolled off the assembly line Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018.
The Isuzu N-Series was the first gasoline-powered low cab forward truck available in North America. Assembly began in April, 2011.
“We anticipated the demand for gasoline-engine low-cab-forward trucks over seven years ago, and the assembly of our 50,000th truck proves that our instincts were correct,” said Shaun Skinner, president of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America.
“New competitors have entered the marketplace, but our N-Series gasoline truck is still the premier vehicle in its class. That’s a testament to the performance and reliability Isuzu is famous for and the tremendous build quality of the finished product, thanks to Spartan.”
Isuzu N-Series gas-powered trucks feature a Vortec 6.0-liter small-block V8 engine that produces 297 horsepower at 4,300 rpm and generates 372 lbs.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm, which the company claims to be the most torque of any gas-powered LCF truck produced in North America.
The powerplant is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with double overdrive and a lock-up torque converter for enhanced fuel economy and performance. An optional version of the engine is capable of being converted to run on compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG, or propane).
A full range of gasoline-powered models is available.
“We are proud to offer our gas-powered N-Series truck in a wide range of configurations to meet our customers’ needs,” Skinner said. “And together with our dealerships and Spartan Motors, we’re looking forward to the next 50,000.”