Isuzu Launches Powertrain Business, 2005 N-Series Trucks

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The diesel engine authority has embarked on a new business. The new Isuzu Powertrain is a complete solutions suite designed to address every diesel engine need, whether industrial, automotive, or marine. The grand launch last Friday was marked by various representatives from both Isuzu and its business partners. This very momentous occasion was also Isuzu's first as the Philippines is the first country outside of Japan to benefit from this new business.

With stricter emission regulations already in full swing, Isuzu is definitely on time on introducing this new endeavor. Now, those who are in search of dependable and reliable engines need not look further as Isuzu had already taken that extra step in providing the engine, whatever the need.

Starting off with the industrial applications, the 4LE2 direct injection diesel engine is available. With a maximum output of 39 Hp, it is designed to be a major component of generators and auxiliary air conditioning engine for buses. In fact, generator manufacturer Denyo could very well vouch for the reliability of Isuzu engines as they are the heart of every Denyo generator.

For automotive applications, three engines are on the spotlight. The 2.8 liter direct injection naturally-aspirated 4JB1 with a maximum output of 80 Hp is the engine designed for jeepney and AUV applications. Local vehicle assembler Francisco Motor Corporation reunites with Isuzu for it again carries the Isuzu diesel engine on FMC jeepneys, just like it did during the 1960s. All other related components, including transmission and suspension parts are also available brand new and comes with warranty from Isuzu, providing perfect match to every vital component. Now these are perks that surplus engines and components do not have. In addition to being worry free, fuel efficiency and compliance to Euro emissions standard are further realized, aside from the durability and reliability Isuzu engines are known for.

For larger vehicles such as trucks, buses, and the like, Isuzu, being a truck authority, naturally has a larger engine for these power requirements. Two turbocharged direct injection diesel engines are at the helm, namely, the 4HG1-T and 6HE1-T. The former is a 4.6 liter with a maximum output of 130 Hp, while the latter is a six cylinder turbo charged engine giving out 204 Hp and is designed as a retrofit engine for buses. Both engines are guaranteed Euro emissions compliant.

Engines for marine applications such as yachts and fishing boats are also offered by Isuzu. With 60 years experience in marine engine development, a wide selection of marine engines is offered, with maximum output ranging from 67 hp to 750 hp. They are basically the same engines for automotive use, with further fitments to make it suitable for marine applications. Other vital components for marine use such as gear box, marine coupling gears, and marine generators are also available.

Alongside the launch of this new undertaking, Isuzu also introduced the face lifted N-Series trucks for 2005. Nicknamed as the Elf, the light truck line-up of Isuzu is the world's most popular line-up, having sold Evident from the model upgrade are the new 1-piece design headlights six-hole radiator grille, and redesigned side mirrors as exterior changes. Interior wise, a new upholstery design that refreshes the cabin could be seen.

The N-series light trucks have four different variants. The 3.5-tonner NHR still leads the N-series pack, with a 2.8 liter diesel engine. The ever popular NKR and NPR are next, with gross vehicle weight of 4.4 tons and 6 tons respectively, and powered by Isuzu's 4.3 liter direct injection diesel engine. For the ultimate in N-series trucks, the 8.0-tonner NQR is the topmost variant, powered by a 4.6 liter direct injection diesel engine with a maximum output of 130 Hp. All N-series trucks continue to be Euro emissions compliant.

Isuzu has indeed gone a long way towards being the undisputed worldwide diesel engine authority not only in Japan but worldwide. Honing its diesel expertise since 1936 has been very beneficial. This success helped propel the fact to everyone that diesel engines will be the wave of the feature, providing more efficiency and power compared to conventional gasoline engines. With over 18 million engines built and sold worldwide, truly, the world runs on Isuzu.