HISTORY OF ISUZU

ISUZU Heritage

MORE THAN 1OO-YEAR LONG HISTORY

The purpose of transportation is to connect people, and we at ISUZU pride ourselves in doing beyond that.

In the past, ships were the best way to transport large amounts of goods and people. In fact, the history of ISUZU dates back to a shipyard established by the

Tokugawa shogunate in 1853. Water transportation inevitably shifted towards that of land and the shipyard began, in 1916, to plan the manufacture of automobiles. This was the foundation of ISUZU.

ISUZU’s grand heritage includes the manufacture of Japan’s first passenger car, the A9 in 1922, the first truck, the CP in 1924, and the first air-cooled diesel engines, the DA4 and DA6 in 1936.

“ISUZU” was first used as the name of the TX trucks and the BX bus in 1934. It is also the name of the holy river that flows through ISE Grand Shrine, the oldest and most important shrine in Japan. ISUZU was adopted as the company name in 1949.

ISUZU has supported logistics and mobility for connecting people’s lives from the outset. Our products have widely been used in more than 120 countries around the world including on the vast African continent.

History of ISUZU
Heritage

1853 Shipyard by Tokugawa shogunate

1916 Foundation

ISUZU 1916 Foundation

1922 A9, the first isuzu’s passenger car

1922 A9, the first Isuzu's passenger car

1924 CP, the first isuzu's truck

1924 CP the first Isuzu's truck

1934 ISUZU TX35 1.5t payload truckISUZU TX40 2t payload truckISUZU BX40 32 seaters bus

1934 ISUZU TX35 1.5t payload truck

ISUZU BX40 32 seaters bus
ISUZU TX40 2t payload truck

1946 ISUZU TX80 5t payload truck

1946 ISUZU TX80 5t payload truck

1949 ISUZU BX92 Bus, the first cabover design bus

1949 ISUZU BX92 Bus, the first cabover design bus

1959 ISUZU ELF 1st Gen.(N-Series)

1959 ISUZU ELF 1st Gen (N-Series)

1963 ISUZU BELLETT 1800 diesel

1963 ISUZU BELLETT 1800 diesel

1966 ISUZU TY 4t payload truck

1966 ISUZU TY 4t payload truck

1968 ISUZU 117 Coupe

1968 ISUZU 117 Coupe

1970 ISUZU TR 4t payload truck, ISUZU FORWARD

1970 ISUZU TR 4t payload truck, ISUZU FORWARD

1979 Asso di Fiori, birth toISUZU PIAZZA

1979 Asso di Fiori, birth toISUZU PIAZZA

1994 ISUZU GIGA 1st Gen

1994 ISUZU GIGA 1st Gen

2002 ISUZU D-MAX 1st Gen

2002 ISUZU D-MAX 1st Gen

2006 ISUZU ELF 6th Gen.(N-Series)

2006 ISUZU ELF 6th Gen (N-Series)

2007 ISUZU FORWARD 6th Gen.(F-Series)

2007 ISUZU FORWARD 6th Gen (F-Series)

2011 ISUZU D-MAX 2nd Gen.

2011 ISUZU D-MAX 2nd Gen

2015 ISUZU GIGA 2nd Gen.

2015 ISUZU GIGA 2nd Gen

2018 ISUZU VC45 C&E Series

2018 ISUZU VC45 C&E Series

2017 ISUZU MOTORS INTERNATIONAL FZE inauguration

2019 ISUZU CONNECT, Telematics System

2019 ISUZU CONNECT, Telematics System

2019 ISUZU D-MAX 3rd Gen.

2019 ISUZU D-MAX 3rd Gen

MADE FOR AFRICA

THE BEST PRODUCT WITH THE BEST VALUE
ISUZU Made for Africa

We at ISUZU have an extensive Research and Development program for our African vehicle. This ensures that ISUZU Trucks in Africa have all been built for optimal use in African conditions. When buying an ISUZU, you’ll be getting the best product with the best value – and at the shortest lead-time.

TRIED, TESTED & TAILORED FOR AFRICA

ISUZU Trucks offer a superior payload topped with great startability and gradeability, making it easy to drive and operate with a variety of customer usage specifications on demand. What’s more, ISUZU Trucks are extremely durable and easy to inspect, maintain and repair thanks to readily available ISUZU Genuine Parts.

EFFICIENT PRODUCTION AND DELIVERY GUARANTEED
We Know time is money, and so is lead-time. That’s why we ensure that all ISUZU dealers keep ready-to-drive ISUZU Trucks (truck and body) – with a specialized inventory for immediate delivery. If your ideal truck is not available, the request truck will be produced and shipped promptly via the ISUZU production System.

THE BEST VALUE FOR YOUR INVESTMENT

We make sure that all ISUZU dealership inventories are managed optimally in order o cut unnecessary logistical costs when it comes to the safe delivery of new vehicles. ISUZU builds TRUCKS according to customer’s needs, allowing us to cut over specification and additional waste packaging

WHY CHOOSE ISUZU FOR YOUR BUSINESS?
An ISUZU TRUCK is a workhorse like no other, and those to be found on the African continent are no exception. A good workhorse does one thing well: Generate Income. They generate income because the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) is remarkably low. This makes our trucks very popular the world over. ISUZU has enjoyed the No. 1 spot in Japan for 19 consecutive years and also ranks first in many African countries at present.

Why buy ISUZU

WHY BUY ISUZU

A TRUE WORKHORSE LIKE NO OTHER

Our aim at ISUZU is ultimately for our customers to become happy and wealthy as a result of the use of our trucks. We can back this ambition up with facts too, for example ISUZU has been Japan’s number one truck for the past 19 years. In Africa we hold this honour in Kenya, South Africa, Tunisia, Ethiopia, Gabon and Mauritius. A truck manufacturer does not come by this accolades by accident, it must possess exceptional qualities of durability, reliability, fuel efficiency, loading capacity, start-ability, maneuverability,
drivability, stability, manufacturing quality, parts availability and
maintainability.

This are the exceptional
qualities of a true workhorse!

ISUZU Truck Owner

The above qualities all play their part in cutting operation costs, increasing uptime and reducing downtime. This ensures the bottom line of an ISUZU Truck owner is always a healthy one.

ISUZU ENGINES

26 MILLION ENGINES WORLD WIDE
ENGINES DISPLACEMENT MAX. OUTPUT MAX. TORQUE
4JB1 (EURO I) 2 771 cc 57 kW (78 PS) / 3 600 rpm 170 Nm (17.3 kgm) / 2 000 rpm
4JB1-TC (EURO II) 2 771 cc 65 kW (88 PS) / 3 400 rpm 196 Nm (20.0 kgm) / 2 000 rpm
4HG1 (EURO I) 4 570 cc 85 kW (115 PS) / 3 200 rpm 291 Nm (29.7 kgm) / 1 600 rpm
4JJ1-TC (EURO II) 2 999 cc 96 kW (131 PS) / 2 800 rpm 330 Nm (33.7 kgm) / 1 600 – 2 600 rpm
4HK1-TCN (EURO II) 5 193 cc 110 kW (150 PS) / 2 600 rpm 402 Nm (41.0 kgm) / 1 600 rpm
4HK1-TCC (EURO II) 5 193 cc 140 kW (190 PS) / 2 600 rpm 510 Nm (52.0 kgm) / 1 600 rpm
4HK1-TCS (EURO II) 5 193 cc 154 kW (210 PS) / 2 600 rpm 637 – 706 Nm (65.0 – 72.0 kgm) / 1 600 rpm
6HH1-S (EURO I) 8 226 cc 143 kW (195 PS) / 2 850 rpm 490 Nm (50.0 kgm) / 1 700 rpm
6HK1-TCN (EURO II) 7 790 cc 177 kW (240 PS) / 2 400 rpm 706 Nm (72.0 kgm) / 1 450 rpm
6HK1-TCS (EURO II) 7 790 cc 206 kW (280 PS) / 2 400 rpm 882 Nm (90.0 kgm) / 1 450 rpm
6WF1-TCC (EURO II) 14 256 cc 287 kW (390 PS) / 1 800 rpm 1 863 Nm (190.0 kgm) / 1 100 rpm
6WG1-TCC (EURO II) 15 681 cc 338 kW (460 PS) / 1 800 rpm 2 256 Nm (230.0 kgm) / 900 rpm
ISUZU Engine

One cannot arrive at the present day quality of our engines, without having produced many of them. Since the 1936 completion of our DA4 and DA6 diesel engines, ISUZU has manufactured over 26 million engines. Some of the important aspects we’ve learned and perfected:

  1. Bottom-end torque is important for commercial vehicle engines. To this end, ISUZU has ensured that our engines have superior torque from low engine speeds, allowing for easy pull away and low speed driving under load. Drivers of ISUZU TRUCKS will immediately notice how easy our vehicles are to drive, the first time they engage the clutch.
  2. Peak power is also important for highway cruisers. ISUZU TRUCKS have great acceleration in a highway-speed range.
  3. Having a wide range of engines for our African customers is important. We have both large displacement mechanical pump engines and smaller displacement common rail turbo engines available to meet customer’s needs.

ISUZU TRUCK CHASSIS

A TOUGH ENGINE DEMANDS A STRONG BODY
ISUZU Truck Durability

ISUZU DURABILITY

Our philosophy of “Best Balanced Reinforcement for Africa” ensures that ISUZU owners in Africa remain ISUZU owners for life. Only an ISUZU driver knows the true story of ISUZU durability in Africa. ISUZU. Made for Africa.

Successful truck design is not as easy as it may seem. Ensuring that individual elements and components such as the axles, chassis and propeller shafts are strong and sturdy is only the beginning. It is more important to arrive at the perfect balance of all the different components. When attempting to optimize the durability of a truck, one cannot simply strengthen one element, or in fact the whole truck, these solutions will result in decreased carrying capacity. The key is to find the correct balance of the combination of all the components of the truck.

ISUZU Truck in Africa
ISUZU Truck in Africa
ISUZU Truck in Africa

VEHICLE STATIC PERFORMANCE

ISUZU TRUCKS are designed to have a Gross Axle Weight (GAW) greater than a Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW). This is one of the many reasons they can run many hundreds of thousands of kilometers. We pay the utmost attention to safety when we design our products. We like to keep our vehicles on the road at all times to ensure maximum productivity. ISUZU TRUCKS may have a high initial outlay, but when you consider their durability, quality and the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), they make more economic sense in the long run.

ISUZU Truck GVW

VEHICLE DYNAMIC PERFORMANCE

When driving an ISUZU TRUCK, one has a sensory experience. ISUZU cabins and even engines have been designed with the driver in mind. Low noise and vibration levels and high comfort expectations all contribute towards a pleasurable and productive ISUZU driving experience. This, coupled with superior build quality, gives our trucks a durable and ever-lasting feeling.

ISUZU Vehicle Dynamic Performance
ISUZU Vehicle Dynamic Performance

EASE OF MAINTENANCE

All trucks require regular maintenance to maintain optimal performance, ISUZU TRUCKS have been designed so that daily inspection, regular maintenance and quick repairs are all as easy as possible. Our specialized ISUZU technicians ensure that all ISUZU dealerships are equipped and ready for preventive maintenance, failure diagnosis, and repair in the unlikely event a breakdown.

ISUZU Truck Maintenance
ISUZU Truck Maintenance
ISUZU Truck Maintenance
ISUZU Truck Maintenance
ISUZU Truck Maintenance
ISUZU Truck Maintenance