kscarbel2 Posted March 29, 2016 Share Posted March 29, 2016 Trailer/Body Builders / March 26, 2016 Spartan Motors and Isuzu North America have signed a new agreement under which Spartan will assemble Class-6 Isuzu F-Series medium trucks in America from CKD (completely knocked down) kits. Spartan (http://www.spartanmotors.com/) is known as a custom chassis, emergency vehicle and fire apparatus manufacturer. The company also owns the Utilimaster brand of walk-in vans and commercial bodies. On April 19, at Spartan's headquarters in Charlotte, Michigan, the company and Isuzu will hold a groundbreaking ceremony to recognize this new contract. Spartan has assembled Class 3-5 Isuzu N-Series (http://www.isuzucv.com/en/nseries/index) light trucks since 2011. In May 2011, Spartan announced the start of production of Isuzu gasoline-powered N-Series trucks. Since then, the 20,000th N-Series gas truck rolled off of Spartan's assembly line in April 2015. The new F-Series (http://www.isuzucv.com/en/fseries/index) medium truck production marks an expansion of Isuzu's product offering into Class 6 on-highway commercial trucks. Though available in a wide range of models, only the FTR will be sold in the US market (http://www.isuzu.com.au/truck-range/f-series/ / http://www.isuzu.co.jp/world/product/f_series/lineup.html). Spartan has invested heavily in a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility which has a flexible production line that can be easily reconfigured to accommodate the assembly of multiple product lines. This approach allows Spartan to quickly scale up production to meet its customers' expedited delivery needs or scale down to accommodate changing business cycles. To support production of the new Isuzu vehicle, a new plant will be added to the Spartan portfolio and Charlotte campus. Spartan worked closely with both the city of Charlotte and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to create and formalize plans for this new plant. The facility will be 85,000 square-feet and will be dedicated solely to production of Isuzu products. In addition to producing Isuzu-badged F-Series trucks, Spartan will also produce the upcoming Chevrolet-badged version of the Isuzu N-Series (http://www.bigmacktrucks.com/topic/40483-d%C3%A9j%C3%A0-vu-gm-to-source-medium-duty-trucks-from-isuzu/#comment-293445). The six Class 3-5 N-Series based Chevrolet models are designated 3500, 3500HD, 4500, 4500HD, 5500, and 5500HD. A General Motors’ sourced 6.0L V-8 gasoline engine and 6-speed automatic transmission, or Isuzu-sourced 3.0L and 5.2L turbodiesel engines, will be available, depending on the model. 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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