Isuzu Commercial Truck of America will begin production of gasoline-powered Isuzu N-Series trucks on April 18 at the Spartan Motors facility in Charlotte, Michigan. The company made the announcement at the National Truck Equipment Association’s 2011 Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.
Gasoline-powered NPR and NPR-HD trucks will be available in single cab models with wheelbases of 109, 132.5, 150 and 176 inches and in crew cab configurations with 150- and 176-inch wheelbases. Units are expected to arrive at Isuzu dealerships beginning in early May.
N-Gas models will be powered by a General Motors Vortec 6.0-liter V8 engine that produces 297 horsepower at 4,300 rpm. In addition, a version of the engine compatible with compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) will be available.
Both versions of the gasoline powerplant will be mated to a GM Powertrain six-speed automatic transmission with double overdrive. Previous N-Series gasoline models offered only a four-speed automatic.
ICTA also announced the development of a next-generation commercial van combining a body designed by the Utilimaster Corporation, a subsidiary of Spartan Motors, with Isuzu’s NPR diesel chassis. Full production of the new commercial van is expected to begin in the second half of 2011.
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