Isuzu is adding two Class 5 gas-powered trucks to its commercial fleet. The company also announced plans to introduce advanced driver-assistance technology to its F-Series and N-Series truck models by the end of 2019.
The addition of new trucks coincides with the company’s 35th anniversary. Shaun Skinner, President of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America and Isuzu Commercial Truck of Canada, stated:
“We are celebrating the 35th anniversary of Isuzu trucks in the North American market this year, and what better way to mark the occasion than to expand our lineup. We’re thrilled to bring the convenience and low cost of ownership of our N-Series gasoline truck to Class 5 and a whole new group of customers.”
One of the new trucks, the NQR Gas, has a target gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 8,142 kilograms. The other, the NRR Gas, has a target GVWR of 8,845 kilograms.
“Probably since 2010, there’s been such an increase in demand on having a gasoline engine in higher GVW,” Executive Director of Marketing Brian Tabel told Fleet Owner. He added:
“So if they can use a gas truck, it is a benefit. And right now, gas is still cheap. If a year from now, two years from now, gas is $4 or $5 per gallon, that may swing people. Because in that case, diesel probably would be your other option.”
Isuzu is set to begin production of the trucks in mid-2020.