Isuzu resumes truck production in Japan

Updated Apr 7, 2011

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc. has announced Isuzu Motors Limited resumed production at its Fujisawa plant on April 5. The factory had been idled since the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11.

The Fujisawa plant manufactures N-Series trucks, diesel engines and components for the North American market, as well as commercial vehicles and parts for markets worldwide.

All operations were halted at the factory until March 28, when testing of production equipment began, using vehicles already in the production process. According to Ryozo Tsukioka, executive vice president and director of Isuzu Motors Limited, “We confirmed that the equipment was normal and that we could proceed with trial production as planned.”

Production at Fujisawa will build gradually to normal levels because parts supply and the availability of electricity remain inconsistent. As a result, Isuzu will announce a timetable for a return to full production at a later date.

“We are grateful that Isuzu Motors Limited has taken such care to ensure that production of vehicles will resume safely,” says Shaun C. Skinner, executive vice president and general manager of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America. “We know our dealers and our customers understand that it will take some time before normal vehicle distribution schedules resume, and we appreciate their patience as production resumes.”

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