ANAHEIM, CA - The first low-cab-forward medium-duty trucks in the U.S. market to meet stringent new 2010 emissions regulations returned November 17th from their nationwide introductory tour. Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc., originally announced the ECO-Advantage Tour-a coast-to-coast showcase for the fuel-sipping, emissions-reducing technology found on the 2011 Isuzu NPR ECO-MAX when the trucks departed Santa Ana, California on September 7th.
Two upfitted versions of the Isuzu NPR ECO-MAX visited over 200 Isuzu truck dealers between September 7th and November 17th. The lightweight ECO-MAX Tool Pro was upfitted with a recyclable aluminum utility body engineered by The Reading Group, LLC. The streamlined ECO-MAX Aero Body featured an aerodynamic van body designed by Supreme Corporation.
Both ECO-MAX trucks are powered by Isuzu's world-proven, clean, efficient, and powerful 3.0-liter dual overhead camshaft, turbocharged diesel engine, which is engineered to achieve 20 percent better fuel economy than the engine it replaces. This engine meets the strict EPA 2010 and CARB HD-OBD emission standards.
Real-world fuel mileage from the tour resulted in the Isuzu NPR ECO-MAX Tool Pro truck achieving 15 - 21 miles per gallon. The Isuzu NPR ECO-MAX Aero Body truck demonstrated mileage of 15 - 23 miles per gallon. Each vehicle used less than 10 gallons of DEF fluid. DEF fluid is the diesel engine fuel additive used in all 2010 and later EPA compliant diesel engines.
At each stop on the ECO-Advantage Tour, representatives of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America delivered product presentations and conducted training for local dealership sales, service, and parts personnel. Representatives of Reading and Supreme were also available to answer questions at select locations. Static displays with additional product information supported the live presentations.
"Whether you're a fleet manager, a small business owner, or just an interested member of the public, we wanted everyone with an interest in environmentally friendly truck design to see the state of the art in the industry and to experience the fuel economy these vehicles provide," said Shaun Skinner, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America.
Photos and videos from the tour were uploaded regularly as the tour progressed. This information and information about the complete line of 2011 Isuzu N-Series Trucks can be found on Isuzu Commercial Truck of America's website, www.isuzucv.com, as well as on the company's Facebook page, www.facebook.com/isuzutruck.
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