Isuzu Moves to Shorten Modification Cycles, Trim Delivery Costs

May 2012, - Feature

by Kate Harlow, Associate Editor - Also by this author

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Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc. introduced a new process that will cut turn-around times on modification requests for gasoline-powered NPR-HD trucks, while reducing dealer transit costs.

When placing orders for new trucks, Isuzu dealers can select a ship-thru option to indicate that they have arranged to have the trucks modified at one of two independent modification centers near Isuzu's Charlotte, Michigan assembly plant. Following the modification, the center will return the trucks to ICTA, which will then transport them to the dealers that ordered the units.

This new process will eliminate unnecessary dealer-incurred transportation costs while shortening the amount of time necessary to obtain alternative fuel conversions and certain other types of other modifications, the company says.

"This ship-thru option simplifies the movement of a completed truck from the Charlotte port to a near-plant modification center and finally back into the Isuzu logistics flow," said Shaun Skinner, executive vice president and general manager of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America. "This can provide substantial cost savings for our dealers that require truck modifications not offered by Isuzu."

Utilimaster, Inc., offers CNG/LPG alternative fuel conversions and other modifications for Isuzu trucks to dealers and customers at a modification facility located on the Spartan Motors, Inc., campus in Charlotte, Michigan.

IMPCO Technologies, Inc., offers CNG alternative fuel conversions at its modification facility in Union City, Indiana.

ICTA made the announcement at the Alternative Clean Transportation Expo in Long Beach, California.

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