World's leading car, commercial vehicle and heavy truck manufacturing company, Isuzu Motors Ltd is well framed to get established in the India automobile industry. Sources suggest that the Japanese conglomerate is in search of an excellent place where its manufacturing plant can be settled. The consortium is in talk with Gujarat and Tamil Nadu governments, where one of the Isuzu plants are expected to be founded. Mean while, Andhra Pradesh government has lighted a green signal to provide necessary hectares for the world's largest manufacturer of medium-heavy duty trucks.
"Isuzu have shown some interest for setting up one of their units here. They have huge range of products starting from cars to LCVs all the way to pick up trucks and heavy trucks. We don't yet know which specific model they are looking at manufacturing here," said the principal secretary of Industries department of State Government of Andhra Pradesh, K Pradeep Chandra.
The instant aim of the company is to get imported both Completely Built Units(CBU) and Completely Knocked Down(CKD) kits to assemble pickup truck, DMAX and SUV, MU7 from Thailand which are expected to be retailed both in the Indian and South East Asian markets by the end of 2012. In the entry fiscal year 2012-13, the company plans to sell 1,500 units. Notwithstanding, the manufacturing plant is calculated to commence working by 2014-15 with a presumed quantity of 1,00,000 to 1,20,000 units with an inclusion of 40,000 exported units by 2016.
The entity, Isuzu Motors India Private Limited, which has already laid its headquarters in Chennai, is also considering the Hindustan Motors-Mitsubishi plant in Tamil Nadu for the time being assembling in a contract base. Mistubushi has a 9.2% global stake in Isuzu.
Isuzu's SUV, MU-7 is run by a powerful 3.0-liter DOHC 16-valve 4JJ1-TC common rail engine, which complies with Euro 3 emission regulations and offers better economy and performance. It enormously accelerates a maximum power of 146 bhp @ 3800 rpm and a maximum torque of 294 Nm @ 3400. Mean while, the lifestyle pick-up truck, D-Max is engaged with a 3.0 litre diesel turbo fuel injection engine that provides a power up to 160 bhp @ 3600 rpm and a maximal torque of 360 Nm @ 1800 rpm.
The introduction of Isuzu will certainly harm M&M and Tata Motors who lead in the commercial and utility vehicle class.
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