The Number 1 Resource for Vocational Truck Fleets

Equipment

Spartan Motors to Build Isuzu's F-Series Cabover

March 28, 2016

Photo: Isuzu Commercial Truck of America
Photo: Isuzu Commercial Truck of America

Isuzu North America has selected Spartan Motors, producer of Isuzu’s N-Series trucks, to manufacture the company’s new line of F-Series medium-duty trucks.

Spartan designs, engineers and manufactures specialty vehicles and partnered with Isuzu in 2011 to produce the gasoline-powered N-Series trucks.  The two companies have expanded the partnership to include the Class 6 F-Series, which is slated for release in 2017.

The F-Series model, the Isuzu FTR, was recently announced, and it will be powered by an Isuzu four-cylinder diesel engine designed to meet stricter emissions standards and improve fuel efficiency.

The trucks will be produced at the Spartan headquarters in Charlotte, Mich. An 85,000-square-foot facility will be added to Spartan’s Charlotte campus that will be dedicated solely to the production of Isuzu products.

"We're extremely pleased that Isuzu chose Spartan again, as it launches this new product line," said Steve Guillaume, division president, specialty vehicles, Spartan Motors. "We look forward to delivering the same precision assembly and comprehensive quality by utilizing our highly-skilled workforce that made our first venture with Isuzu such a resounding success."

Comments

  1. 1. Rick Perron [ March 30, 2016 @ 08:36AM ]

    How long do you think it will be before Ford Motor Company files a trade mark lawsuit against the F-Series name Isuzu wants to call their line???

  2. 2. Todd Wilson [ March 31, 2016 @ 07:05AM ]

    They can't - Isuzu has used the FTR (and FRR and FSR) names on their F-Series trucks for years here in North America, just like they did with the smaller N-Series name plate. They have trademark rights to the letter designations, and the Series names are descriptive of the families.

  3. 3. BahamaTodd [ April 20, 2016 @ 11:06AM ]

    How did Isuzu get away with the F-series name?

 

Comment On This Story

Name:  
Email:  
Comment: (Maximum 10000 characters)  
Leave this field empty:
* Please note that every comment is moderated.

FleetFAQ

Fleet Tracking And Telematics

Todd Ewing from Fleetmatics will answer your questions and challenges

View All

 

Fleet Management And Leasing

Merchants Experts will answer your questions and challenges

View All

 

Sponsored by

Founded in 1968, Subaru of America, Inc. (SOA) is the U.S. Sales and Marketing subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) of Japan and is responsible for the distribution, marketing, sales and service of Subaru vehicles in the United States.

Read more