Isuzu N-Series hits production milestone

Updated Aug 3, 2018

Employees celebrating the 50,000th gasoline-powered Isuzu N-Series truckIsuzu Commercial Truck of America announces its 50,000th gasoline-powered Isuzu N-Series truck was produced in Wednesday in Charlotte, Mich.

The Isuzu N-Series truck was the first gasoline-powered low cab forward truck available in North America. Assembly of the truck began at Spartan Motors 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,” says 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 says its 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 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm (the most torque of any gas-powered LCF truck in North America). The power plant is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with double overdrive and 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), the company says.

Isuzu says its full range of gasoline-powered models is available:

  • NPR (12,000-lb. GVWR)
    • Single Cab in wheelbases of 109, 132.5, 150 and 176 in.
    • Crew Cab in wheelbases of 150 and 176 in.
  • NPR-HD (14,500-lb. GVWR)
    • Single Cab in wheelbases on 109, 132.5, 150 and 176 in.
    • Crew Cab in wheelbases of 150 and 176 in.

“We are proud to offer our gas-powered N-Series truck in a wide range of configurations to meet our customers’ needs,” Skinner says. “And together with our dealerships and Spartan Motors, we’re looking forward to the next 50,000.”

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