Japanese motor company Isuzu is expanding its range of trucks to include 10/11, 12, 15 and 18 tonners. The new F series, will have EGR Euro 5 engines, and will be officially launched at the Commercial Vehicle show in April next year.
The company plans to roll out the 10/11 tonner, which will feature four cylinder 5.2 litre engines with 210PS and the 12 tonners, with six cylinder 7.8 litre engines and 240PS by April/May 2008. The 15 to 18 tonners will be available by September/October, and will also have the same engine power as the 12, but with increased PS ranges of 260 and 300.
According to managing director Nikki King, the company’s growth has been hindered by its limited model range. Overall, the commercial vehicle market is down but Isuzu has managed to outperform the market in its own sector (up to 7.5 tonnes).
To pave the way for its extended range, the company has invested £3 million in an 18,900 sq ft head office and technical centre in Hatfield, Hertfordshire. The office will act as a training centre for Isuzu technicians.