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50,000th Isuzu N-Series Gasoline Truck Assembled in America

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Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc., distributor of America’s best-selling low cab forward trucks, recently announced that the 50,000th gasoline-powered Isuzu N-Series truck has been produced in Charlotte, Michigan. The truck rolled off the assembly line on Wednesday, August 1, 2018.

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, Inc. 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,” said 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 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 lbs.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm (the most torque of any gas-powered LCF truck in North America). The powerplant 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).

A full range of gasoline-powered models is available:

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

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


More about Isuzu: Headquartered in Anaheim, California, Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc. (ICTA), is the distributor of Isuzu commercial vehicles in the United States. Isuzu commercial trucks have been the best-selling low cab forward trucks in America every year since 1986. For more information, call (866) 441-9638 or visit www.isuzucv.com.

More about Spartan Motors: Spartan Motors, Inc. is a leading designer, engineer, manufacturer, and marketer of a broad range of specialty vehicles, specialty chassis, vehicle bodies, and parts for the fleet and delivery, recreational vehicle (RV), emergency response, defense forces, and contract assembly (light/medium duty truck) markets. The Company's brand names—Spartan Motors, Spartan Specialty Vehicles, Spartan Emergency Response, Spartan Parts and Accessories, Smeal, and its family of brands, including Ladder Tower™ and UST®; and Utilimaster®, a Spartan Motors Company—are known for quality, durability, performance, customer service, and first-to-market innovation. The Company employs approximately 2,300 associates, and operates facilities in Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Wisconsin, Nebraska, South Dakota; Saltillo, Mexico; and Lima, Peru. Spartan reported sales of $707 million in 2017. Visit Spartan Motors at www.spartanmotors.com.

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