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. stake, and cooperates with Isuzu in its operations in Thailand. If the talks prove fruitful, GM may become Isuzu’s largest shareholder.

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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. The partners said that the deal will allow Isuzu to enhance its product competitiveness and Mazda to strengthen its product line-up and maintain own-brand market coverage.

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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 D-Max Pick-ups

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

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General Motors and Isuzu Motors reached an agreement on a US commercial vehicle collaboration, allowing Isuzu to strengthen its product lineup and GM to expand its commercial vehicle portfolio. Isuzu will produce low cab forward (LCF) models for GM, based off of the Isuzu N-Series.

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Fujitsu and Isuzu agree to jointly research next-generation vehicle systems for commercial vehicles

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Fujitsu Limited and Isuzu Motors reached an agreement to conduct joint research on future technologies with regard to safety, comfort and the environment, to be applied to the commercial vehicles Isuzu markets worldwide. Fujitsu and Isuzu have a relationship that goes back to 1990 when they formed the joint venture, TRANSTRON Inc.,

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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. are calling off joint development projects and procurement deals with partners in Europe as a result of the region’s debt problems.

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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 million engines since opening in 2000. DMAX, Ltd. has invested $760 million in the DMAX facility since 2000. DMAX is home to the Duramax 6.6L

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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. As part of the ship-through process, Isuzu trucks built at the Charlotte, Michigan plant will be transported to IMPCO’s OEM Automotive conversion facility in Union City, Indiana for CNG system installation. IMPCO Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc.,

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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. The Nikkei had earlier reported that some agreement on pickup truck cooperation was in the works. 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. Isuzu Commercial Truck holds a 73–75% market share of the low cab-forward medium-duty truck market in the US.

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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. has been awarded test funding from the US Department of Energy (DOE) Small Business Vouchers Pilot (SBV).

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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.

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

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GM and Honda earlier collaborated in a powertrain cross-supply arrangement in 1999 under which Honda manufactured 50,000 V-6 engines for the Saturn VUE and Honda received diesel engines from GM’s Isuzu affiliate for use in Europe.

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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 turbo diesel for the Cruze and the 6.6L V8 Duramax for the Silverado and Sierra HD pickups.

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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.

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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). Tesla hopes to

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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. The company has a goal of making the vehicle fleet 20% more efficient by 2020.

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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. These grants are provided through the Energy Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program.

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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. The Isuzu N series chassis design enables ZeroTruck to be modified for utility, dry freight, stake bed, tow, sweeper, and refuse body type applications.

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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 awards are expected to support the purchase of more than 125 new natural gas vehicles; funding comes from the Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program.

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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.

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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.).

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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. Japan-based euglena Co.

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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. Wrightspeed’s Geared Traction Drive integrates an electric motor, a two-speed gear box and an inverter. Source: Wrightspeed. Click to enlarge.

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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., Gearless traction drive company Torotrak PLC has signed a cooperation and licence agreement with Univance Corporation, a leading developer and manufacturer of passenger and industrial vehicle transmission units and other automotive parts headquartered in Japan.

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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. DMAX makes the Duramax diesel engines for heavy-duty Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks.

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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.

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

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Alliance AutoGas is also developing a Ford Explorer police vehicle, a Ford Transit (close to EPA certification) and an Isuzu NPR with the same Bi Fuel Autogas System warranty and efficient plug and play system installation.

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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.

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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.,

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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. were forming a consortium to develop a new electric car prototype, with mass-market sales being the end goal.

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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. Then, from 2011, launches in Scandinavia, the UK and Ireland are planned.

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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. , a spin-off from Keio University (home of the Ellica, earlier post ), announced that 34 companies and municipalities, including automakers Mitsubishi Motors Corp.

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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. Pinnacle Engines also announced closure of its Series C financing, bringing total investment in the company to more than $30 million.

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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).

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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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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), has called on the EPA either to withdraw its proposed determination on MY 2022-2025 light duty vehicle greenhouse gas standards or to extend the comment period.

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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. These awards were made through the Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, created by Assembly Bill 118.

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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., Leading global manufacturers of heavy-duty commercial trucks and engines gathering at the annual Global Commercial Vehicle Industry Meeting endorsed a harmonized global approach as an effective pathway to further improve energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions from commercial vehicles. The manufacturers have been pursuing policy cooperation for a number of years. Earlier post.).

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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. Sustainable Value Margin—the ratio of Sustainable Value to sales—for each of the evaluated manufacturers. BMW and Toyota are consistent leaders in sustainable value. Click to enlarge.

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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

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