Isuzu Motors and UD Trucks have announced the joint development of new GIGA and Quon heavy-duty tractor models for the Japanese market.
The new tractor models are the first jointly developed products by UD Trucks and Isuzu since UD Trucks joined the Isuzu Group in April 2021. They will go on sale on April 4 through each company’s respective sales network.
Through this joint development, Isuzu and UD Trucks have brought together technologies from both companies to realize higher load capacity by downsizing the engine, better drivability and expanded safety features. These efforts are aimed at addressing challenges faced by the industry, such as relieving driver shortages and improving the working conditions of drivers.
Together, Isuzu and UD Trucks currently operate a commercial vehicle service network of more than 400 dealers in Japan and will continue to support customers' operations.
In addition, the companies are continuing to strengthen collaboration initiatives, such as the shared use of domestic and overseas parts warehouses, joint delivery and purchase of spare parts, and the opening of a joint office in Singapore with the aim of strengthening the overseas business.
At a press conference at UD Trucks Headquarters, Shinsuke Minami, Director of the Board, and Managing Executive Officer of Isuzu, said, "Today we are very pleased to announce jointly developed tractor models. Since UD Trucks joined Isuzu Group, we have continued to foster a culture of mutual understanding with an emphasis on creating new value. By deepening our collaboration, we will work to address logistics challenges facing our industry and accelerate the future of transport.”
Takashi Oodaira, Managing Executive of Isuzu, added, “Isuzu has a broad product portfolio that includes small, medium, and heavy-duty vehicles as well as buses. We also have extensive knowledge of how customers use our vehicles and their needs. We will continue to provide transport solutions to customers by maximizing developmental efficiencies and leveraging the strengths of both companies.”
Douglas Nakano, Senior Vice President of Technology and Chief Technology Officer of UD Trucks, said, "Becoming a member of Isuzu Group has allowed us to make a comeback in the 6×4 tractor segment after a 13-year absence. We will continue to develop heavy-duty vehicles that meet the needs of customers as member of Isuzu Group".
Isuzu and UD Trucks will continue to deepen their collaboration to accelerate the future of transport together.