32Isuzu Trucks

Isuzu Trucks ranks among the top four medium to extra-heavy truck manufacturers in South Africa. The total registered South African Isuzu truck population up to 25 years old is over 36 500 making it one of the most durable and reliable trucks on South African roads.

Isuzu Trucks – remaining a jewel in the crown

On 1 January 2007, General Motors South Africa and Isuzu Motors limited Japan joined forces to establish Isuzu Trucks South Africa. The new company took over the distribution and support of all Isuzu Trucks to right-hand drive countries in Africa including Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mauritius.

The first Isuzu trucks were sold at existing General Motors South Africa truck dealers. To match Isuzu Trucks South Africa’s commitment towards exceptional after-sales support and market growth, the Isuzu truck national retailer network underwent facility upgrades to the value of some R350 million. Today these state-of-the-art facilities – 35 dealers in total – offer prospective and existing clients advice on the best truck for their needs, as well as world class after-sales support.

Green engines

Isuzu produces more than one million diesel engines annually. Years of research, development and production resulted in cutting-edge technology that enhances the environmental benefits of diesel engines.

Isuzu’s goal is to develop super-clean diesel engines. These super-clean engines combine the traditional advantages of diesel over other internal combustion engines, with powerful performance and reduced exhaust gases and PM emissions, by integrating combustion optimisation, after-treatment technology and comprehensive electronic control. The Isuzu Clean Air Solutions (I-CAS) system optimises these three key technologies to minimise exhaust emissions, and boost power.

From 1 January 2010 all new vehicles have to comply with Euro II legislation. All Isuzu trucks are fitted with Euro II compliant engines that use less fuel and give more power. Utilising common rail fuel-delivery systems, improved fuel consumption is a hallmark of these new technology engines.

Electronic control technology

Isuzu leads the world in electronic control technology by developing its own engine control software. Striving to develop electronic control systems and maximise hardware capabilities, Isuzu is pioneering the field of homogenous premix combustion, which relies on precise control of the electronic common rail fuel injection system as a technology base.

Manufacturing quality

Uncompromising manufacturing quality has always been a core element of Isuzu’s heritage. Isuzu is constantly raising the quality of its workforce and manufacturing system to ensure uniform global quality. The Manufacturing Division follows a strict quality control system and efficient manufacturing practises.

Today’s vehicle chassis and engines have so many parts that it is difficult to identify and fix the defective part or parts after completion. To prevent this from happening, Isuzu ensures that the job performed at each manufacturing step conforms 100% to quality standards, by having specialised line inspectors at key sections.

For an international perspective, Isuzu is also Australia’s leading truck supplier – a position Isuzu has held for 20 consecutive years.