Isuzu Commercial Vehicles

America's #1 Selling Low Cab Forward Truck Since 1986

History of Isuzu Trucks

A Heritage That's Second to None

In 1984, Isuzu trucks introduced U.S. business owners to a smarter way to work: Isuzu low cab forward trucks were maneuverable, offered a low cost of ownership, and delivered remarkable durability. After two short years, Isuzu trucks became the best-selling low-cab-forward trucks in America — a position held ever since.

While Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc. was born in the United States, our roots go back to Japan where, in 1919, Tokyo Ishikawajima Shipbuilding and Engineering Co., and Tokyo Gas and Electric Industrial Co. initiated plans for automobile production.

Since 1984, over 500,000 Isuzu Trucks have been delivered in North America. The very first Isuzu truck arrived at the Port of Jacksonville, Florida on November 10, 1984. This was the KS22 truck with an 87 horsepower naturally aspirated, manual transmission and was not equipped with a tilt cab. With time-proven performance, the Isuzu N-Series trucks move into the future continuing the legacy.


Isuzu teams ups with Supreme Corporation to provide solutions for Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply - All-new Class 6 Isuzu FTR and customized Supreme bodies update fleet of nation's largest family-owned supplier of landscape and water management products

Isuzu breaks sales records, again - Sales of Isuzu-brand trucks and Isuzu parts reach all-time high in 2017

Isuzu announces 2018 and 2019 model lineup - production plans include new NRR Crew Cab

Isuzu displays Electric Truck at NTEA Truck Show

Nordresa converts N-Series Diesel Truck to electric to be eligible for Quebec's Ecocamionnage program -The first converted truck sold to a Montreal-based moving company

Isuzu FTR named "Medium-Duty Truck of the Year" by Work Truck Magazine

Isuzu and Spartan Motors celebrate production of the 50,000th N-Series Gasoline Truck


F-Series Production begins in Charlotte, MI

B10 durability rating of Isuzu 4HK1-TC engine increased to 375,000 miles

Isuzu announces production of 40,000th N-Series Gasoline Truck - Charlotte, Michigan production milestone comes just one year after 30,000th gasoline-powered, Low Cab Forward Truck is assembled

U.S. Isuzu technicians place 2nd at World Technical Competition in Fujisawa, Japan


Isuzu celebrates record-breaking 2015 - Sales of N-Series trucks and Isuzu parts reach all-time highs

Isuzu unveils all new Class 6 F-Series Truck - 2018 FTR Mates 25,950-Pound GVWR to Efficient Four-Cylinder Engine

Spartan Motors expands contract assembly for Isuzu with new F-Series Truck - Company to build dedicated 85,000 square-foot plant in Charlotte, Michigan

Shaun Skinner named new President of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America

Isuzu and Spartan Motors celebrate production of the 30,000th N-Series Gasoline Truck

Isuzu opens world-class Center of Excellence Training and Technical Assistance Facility in Northeast Pennsylvania


XL Hybrids' XL3 Hybrid Electric Powertrain Technology Now Available For the Reach™ Commercial Van from Isuzu and Utilimaster

20,000th Isuzu N-Series Gasoline Truck Rolls off the Line at Spartan Motors

Isuzu announces start of production for 2015 and 2016 diesel models - New 2016 models meet greenhouse gas emissions regulations a full calendar year early, offer better fuel economy, upgraded interiors and new styling

Reading Truck Body announces introduction of NPR ECO-MAX with Tool-Pro Body.

Isuzu delivers the 500,000 Isuzu-built truck in North America - Milestone Unit Sold to Farmers Home Furniture in Dublin, Georgia

Isuzu introduces 2016 13,000-lb. GVWR NPR Diesel

2000 - 2014

2014: Isuzu truck's 30th anniversary in the U.S.

2013: Isuzu N-Series named "Medium-Duty Truck of the Year" by Work Truck magazine

2012: Isuzu Reach named "Medium-Duty Truck of the Year" by Work Truck magazine

2011: Introduction of the Reach — the revolutionary walk-in van powered by Isuzu; began production in Wakarusa, Indiana

2011: Isuzu N-Series Gas production begins in Charlotte, Michigan

2010: Isuzu N-Series — First medium-duty LCF trucks to be EPA 2010 and CARB HD-OBD compliant, and 50-state clean-idle certified

2005: 50,000th gasoline-powered N/W-Series truck assembled in Janesville, Wisconsin

2002: Cumulative U.S. sales of Isuzu trucks exceeds 275,000 units

1950 - 1999

1994: First American-built gasoline-powered NPR-EFI assembled in Janesville, Wisconsin

1986: R.L. Polk certifies Isuzu trucks as the best-selling import commercial truck in the United States — a position Isuzu trucks have held ever since

1984: Isuzu trucks enter the U.S. market with the KS22 truck

1959: First 2-ton light-duty low cab forward truck in the world — the predecessor of today's N-Series trucks

1955: Isuzu diesel engines and snow tractors are put into service at Japan's Antarctic Observation Base (and are still used today)

1900 - 1949

1936: First air-cooled diesel engine built in Japan by Isuzu Motors Limited

1919: First truck in Japan built by the predecessors of Isuzu Motors Limited