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Report: GM, Isuzu to start talks on another capital, business tie-up

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will enter talks with Isuzu Motors Ltd. GM is looking to acquire a stake of roughly 10% in Isuzu, according to the report. GM and Isuzu have had an alliance that has waxed and waned since 1971, when GM signed an initial capital agreement with the Japanese company. stake in Isuzu in 2006. Toyota bought a 5.9% Brief

Mazda and Isuzu enter pick-up truck collaboration agreement

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Mazda Motor Corporation and Isuzu Motors Limited have reached a basic agreement on next-generation pick-up truck collaboration, under which Isuzu will produce next-generation pick-up trucks for Mazda, based on Isuzu’s pick-up truck model, for sale worldwide, with the exception of North America. Brief

Isuzu open order books for new generation D-Max pick-up

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Isuzu’s range of pick-up trucks have long had a reputation for toughness and durability, and with a new D-Max arriving in Spring drivers will get to e.

Isuzu and GM enter commercial vehicle collaboration agreement in the US; new low cab forward trucks

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Isuzu will produce low cab forward (LCF) models for GM, based off of the Isuzu N-Series. Chevrolet 4500. Click to enlarge. and 5.2L

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New generation Isuzu D-Max to be revealed in April

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Ahead of its spring launch, Isuzu will reveal the new generation D-Max at the CV Show at the end of April. Along with a fresh set of cosmetic and feat

Nikkei: Isuzu, Mitsubishi Motors and Mazda weakening ties with Europe

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The Nikkei reports that Isuzu Motors Ltd., Isuzu will halt development of a next-generation diesel for Opel AG. Isuzu is currently in talks with GM to pull out of their Polish joint venture, in which it owns a roughly 40% stake, according to the report. Mitsubishi Motors Corp. and Mazda Motor Corp. Brief

GM-Isuzu JV DMAX invests $60 million in Ohio diesel engine plant

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The GM-Isuzu joint venture DMAX, Ltd. GM owns 60% and Isuzu owns 40% of the venture that makes the Duramax diesel for heavy-duty trucks. will invest $60 million in its Ohio diesel engine plant to make design changes that meet future emissions requirements. Established in 1998, DMAX has produced almost 1.6 DMAX, Ltd. Brief

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IMPCO Automotive selected to provide CNG conversions in new Isuzu ship-through process

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announced that Isuzu commercial vehicle dealers can now select IMPCO as a ship-through option more quickly to convert or to modify gasoline-powered NPR-HD (14,500-lb. IMPCO Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc., GVWR) trucks to CNG operation. —Jay Sandler, IMPCO Automotive Director of Sales. Brief

GM and Isuzu sign MOU on jointly developing next-gen pickup truck

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GM and Isuzu have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to start negotiations towards jointly developing a next generation pick-up truck. Moving forward, both companies will discuss specifics regarding the project, according to statements from both companies. Earlier post.). Brief

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Isuzu supporting up to B20 in all MY2011 and forward commercial diesel trucks in US

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Isuzu Commercial Truck of America is supporting the use of B20 (20% biodiesel blend) in all of its new 2011 and forward model year diesel engines, including its four popular N-Series truck models as well as the new Isuzu Reach. Isuzu Commercial Truck is the first Asian manufacturer to approve B20 for US market spec engines.

XL Hybrids awarded DOE Small Business Vouchers Pilot; testing of first diesel/XL3 combo at Argonne

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inch wheelbase and the high efficiency 3.0L, 150 hp, Isuzu DOHC I-4 diesel engine. XL Hybrids, Inc. Hybrid system weight is 385 lbs / 175 kg.).

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GM and Honda to establish industry-first $85M joint fuel cell system manufacturing operation in Michigan

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Earlier post.). FCSM will operate within GM’s existing battery pack manufacturing facility site in Brownstown, Michigan, south of Detroit. 1 and No.

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FedEx adds 1,900 new lightweight composite Reach vans to fleet; 35% fuel efficiency improvement

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The Reach van, with its four-cylinder, 3.0-liter Isuzu diesel engine, demonstrates a 35% fuel efficiency improvement over traditional vehicles in the FedEx Express fleet. FedEx Express, a unit of FedEx Corp. has added 1,900 lightweight, composite-body Reach vehicles from Spartan Motors , a division of Utilimaster, to its fleet. Brief

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GM to introduce more diesels in US; Cruze “first of many”

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The Duramax is built by GM’s DMAX joint venture with Isuzu.). During the Advanced Powertrain forum at the CAR Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, Steve Kiefer, GM’s vice president of global powertrain, said that GM will introduce more diesel-engined passenger vehicles in the US. For the US market, GM currently offers only a 2.0L

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Sandia Labs forms Spray Combustion Consortium to improve engine design

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Renault; Convergent Science; Cummins; Hino Motors; Isuzu; and Ford Motor Co. Sandia National Laboratories has formed an industry-funded Spray Combustion Consortium to better understand fuel injection by developing modeling tools. Control of fuel sprays is key to the development of clean, affordable fuel-efficient engines. —Lyle Pickett.

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Tesla: Worth More Than Fiat, Which Is 100 Times Its Size?

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Not to mention more than Mazda, Mitsubishi, Suzuki, and Isuzu--the last two of which no longer sell cars in the U.S.? Is startup electric-car maker Tesla really worth more than century-old Italian carmaker Fiat? The Italian maker sells roughly 2 million cars a year globally (plus 1.6 million more from Chrysler, which it controls).

2-millionth Duramax Diesel engine rolls off the line in Ohio

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GM owns 60 percent and Isuzu owns 40 percent of the joint venture. The 2 millionth Duramax 6.6L V-8 turbo-diesel engine has rolled off the line at the DMAX plant in Moraine, Ohio. Groundbreaking for the DMAX, Ltd. plant began in 1998, with the first engine rolling off the line July 17, 2000. DMAX, Ltd. was established in 1998. Brief

FedEx Express closes in on goal of 20% improvement in vehicle fleet fuel efficiency years ahead of schedule

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Addition of 114 Reach composite-body trucks manufactured from advanced materials by Utilimaster on an Isuzu Motors chassis with an appropriately-sized engine. FedEx Express, a unit of FedEx Corp., announced that its vehicle fleet was 16.6% more fuel efficient through FY2011 than it was in 2005. pick-up and delivery fleet. Rockville, M.D.);

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California Energy Commission awards more than $15M to advance biofuels, plug-in and V2G research

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The vehicles are manufactured by Anaheim-based Isuzu Commercial Truck of America Inc. The California Energy Commission unanimously approved funding of more than $15 million to projects that will advance biofuels and electric vehicle research in California. Earlier post.) Electricore Inc. Electricore Inc., Department of Energy. Villa Ford Inc.

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Dow Kokam to provide Li-ion packs to Motiv Power and ZeroTruck for medium-duty electric commercial vehicles

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ZeroTruck, a developer and producer of commercial electric trucks, is using Dow Kokam’s large-format lithium-ion battery systems to power fully-electric, Class 3-6 work vehicles based on the Isuzu N series chassis—a flexible medium duty truck platform. Batteries Electric (Battery) Fleets

LiquidPiston introduces latest X-series version of HEHC rotary engine; targeting 58% peak BTE, 2 hp/lb power density

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Isuzu D201 35 hp diesel engine (left) and the LiquidPiston 40 hp X2 Prototype (right). Click to enlarge. LiquidPiston, Inc. Click to enlarge.

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California Energy Commission awards more than $2.6M for natural gas vehicles

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The vehicles are manufactured by Anaheim-based Isuzu Commercial Truck of America Inc. The California Energy Commission approved funding of $2,604,000 to help bring more buses and trucks powered by natural gas to the state’s highways. The incentives are passed on to buyers in California at the time of sale. Nations Bus Corp. Nations Bus Corp.

euglena planning commercial production of biojet and renewable diesel from algae in Japan

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Isuzu Motors and All Nippon Airways (ANA). The company has been investigating the production of biojet from the microalgae Euglena since May 2010 ( earlier post ) and has also partnered with Isuzu in research on next-generation (i.e. Isuzu will evaluate the renewable diesel, and ANA will evaluate the biojet. Earlier post.).

XL Hybrids XL3 powertrain technology now available on diesel commercial van

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announced its XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System is now available on the Reach commercial van from Isuzu and Utilimaster. inch wheelbase and the high efficiency 3.0L, 150 HP, Isuzu DOHC I-4 diesel engine. XL Hybrids, Inc. This marks the first diesel-powered vehicle with the XL3 powertrain. Earlier post.). Brief

CA Energy Commission awarding Wrightspeed $5.789M grant for retrofit range-extended electric powertrain for medium-duty commercial vehicles

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Wrightspeed made its first conversion kit for the Isuzu NPR. Source: Wrightspeed. Click to enlarge. Wrightspeed. Geared Traction Drive. million.

Torotrak and Univance enter cooperation and license agreement for variator components and assemblies

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Suzuki Motor Corporation; JATCO Ltd; CNH America LLC (USA), Mazda Motor Corporation; UD Trucks Corporation; Isuzu Motors Limited; Kayaba Industry Co., The new non–exclusive license agreement allows Univance to develop, manufacture and supply core variator components (discs and rollers) and variator assemblies to Torotrak licensees. Brief

New GM/Tula DSF cylinder deactivation technology could boost fuel efficiency in engines by up to 15%

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Comparison of DSF fuel economy gains and costs with competing technologies, from Tula’s 2013 SAE paper. Wilcutts et al. Click to enlarge. Resources.

Verizon acquiring Telogis to enhance connected vehicle business

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Telogis also builds its technologies into vehicles and equipment from leading manufacturers including Ford, GM, Hino, Isuzu, Mack, Volvo and Manitowoc Cranes, eliminating the need for hardware installations. Verizon Communications Inc. signed an agreement to purchase Telogis, Inc. Telogis platform solutions include: Telogis Fleet. Brief

Alliance Autogas showcases converted F650/F-750 LPG bi-fuel truck

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Westport acquired Prins in late 2014. Earlier post.). Newly converted 2016 F-650/750 trailer and bobtail with an Alliance Bi-Fuel autogas system.

XL Hybrids announces 25M total customer miles on road; >1.5M miles driven per month

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Compatible models include Chevy Express/GMC Savana vans, Ford Transit vans, Ford and GM Cutaway/Stripped Chassis including low floor shuttle bus modified chassis, Class 5-6 Ford F59 Stripped Chassis, and the Reach commercial diesel van by Isuzu and Utilimaster. XL Hybrids , Inc., Brief

SIM-Drive EV has range of 333 km on JC08

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and Isuzu Motors Ltd., Nikkei. SIM-Drive Corp., a spin-off from Keio University ( earlier post ), unveiled electric vehicle capable of traveling 333 km (207 miles) on a fully charged battery on the JC08 cycle. In January 2010, SIM-Drive announced that 34 companies and municipalities, including automakers Mitsubishi Motors Corp. Brief

I.M. Group to Import Great Wall Vehicles Into Europe Starting in 2010

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Group, the UK-based automotive importer and distributor for Subaru, Isuzu and Daihatsu, has signed an agreement that will see it import vehicles from Chinese auto maker, Great Wall Motor Company Limited, into Europe starting next year. Initially, the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania will be targeted. Group next year.

Auto Alliance urges EPA to withdraw premature Final Determination on light-duty GHG regulations, resume Midterm Evaluation process with NHTSA

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This request by the Alliance echoes a similar, earlier request by Global Automakers, the trade association representing the US divisions of 12 international automakers (Aston Martin, Ferrari, Honda, Hyundai, Isuzu, Kia, Maserati, McLaren, Nissan, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota). Earlier post.). Earlier post.). Background.

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Pinnacle Engines appoints Asian Business Advisory Board; closes Series C financing

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Phil also held leadership positions at Chrysler and Isuzu and most recently was the CEO of Coda Automotive. Pinnacle Engines, developer of a highly efficient 4-stroke, spark-ignited (SI), opposed-piston, sleeve-valve architecture engine ( earlier post ), has appointed five industry leaders to its newly formed Asian Business Advisory Board.

Keio University Spin-Off Forms Consortium to Develop New EV Prototype for Mass Market; Commercialization in 2013

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and Isuzu Motors Ltd., Sketches of SIM-Drive concepts. Click to enlarge. SIM-Drive Corp. , Sketches of SIM-Drive Platform for 2WD, 4WD and 8WD.

Global Automakers calls on EPA to withdraw proposed determination on MY 2022-2025 GHG standards, get back in alignment with NHTSA, provide more time

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On 30 November, EPA proposed leaving the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for those model years in place, based on its technical analysis that shows automakers are well positioned to meet the targets, and proposed a 30-day comment period. Earlier post.). mpg (4.31 l/100 km), if achieved exclusively through fuel economy improvements.

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U Mich study explores performance of renewable diesel, FT diesel and ULSD in PCCI combustion

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In the experiments, the researchers used a 425 cm 3 single-cylinder engine based on a GM/Isuzu 1.7 —Sun et al. Sun et al. Resources.

Calif. Energy Commission to award more than $44M for hydrogen refueling and alternative fuel vehicle projects

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Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc., In two packages of awards, the California Energy Commission approved more than $44 million to expand the hydrogen fueling infrastructure and increase the number of alter alternative fuel vehicles on the road in the state. Expanding hydrogen fueling stations in California. Earlier post.). million.

Global Commercial Vehicle Industry Meeting endorses harmonized global approach to improve fuel efficiency and reduce GHGs

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Susumu Hosoi, President of Isuzu Motors Ltd., The manufacturers have been pursuing policy cooperation for a number of years. Earlier post.). The meeting was chaired by Tom Linebarger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cummins Inc. —Tom Linebarger. Requirements for certification of heavy-duty hybrid vehicles.

Study of Sustainable Value in Automobile Manufacturing Finds Mixed Performance for Most OEMs, BMW and Toyota as the Clear Leaders

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In the group of smaller producers, Isuzu showed a noticeable improvement. BMW and Toyota are consistent leaders in sustainable value. Resources.

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