Isuzu Motors , the Japanese automobile maker and the world leader in diesel engine technology, exhibited for the first time at 12th edition of Auto Expo. The company showcased its India-manufactured and BS-4 compliant sports utility vehicle MU-7 and India’s first multi-utility pick-up truck D-max Space Cab along with the D-max Single Cab & Rally Car.
The MU-7 inherits Isuzu’s diesel-engine expertise and is endowed with superior fuel efficiency and outstanding engine performance. A 3-metre wheel-base makes the MU-7 one of the longest SUVs available in India, offering luxurious and spacious interiors. Isuzu MU-7 is powered with a 3 litre turbo-charged diesel engine, delivering 163 PS @ 3600 rpm and 360 Nm @ 1800- 2800 rpm range, making it a tough and reliable ride.
The D-max pickup truck is also renowned for its endurance and reliability. The D-Max has proven its toughness and durability, in some of the world’s toughest rallies including Dakar Rally, Australasian Safari Rally, Asia Cross Country Rally, Dubai Desert Challenge to name a few.
At present, Isuzu has a contract manufacturing agreement with Hindustan Motors (HML) under which HML is contract assembling CKD kits of Isuzu’s sports utility vehicle MU-7 and pick-up truck D-Max, at its Thiruvallur, Chennai plant. Isuzu broke ground on its proposed manufacturing plant site in SriCity in AP. The new facility is likely to commence commercial operations by early 2016, with the initial production capacity at 50,000 units a year.
Isuzu will scale up the production capacity to 120,000 units/ year, with the accumulated investment of Rs. 3,000 Crore, and is expected to generate 2000~3000 jobs. Isuzu Motors India plans to achieve 100% percent localization within three years of commencing production in 2016. It is an exemplary showcase of Isuzu’s long term commitment to the Indian market.
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