PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa – There’s a super new Isuzu bakkie engine on show in the foyer of the Port Elizabeth plant here that represents, the automaker says, ”the heart of the Isuzu KB bakkie”.
It’s just one of the 25-million Isuzu diesel engines produced for global markets over the years to power various commercial industries but, the automaker says, ”represents the heart of the new company” and is shows have things are done the Isuzu way.
The Port Elizabeth technical services staff, says Dominic Rimmer of IMSA technical services, were given the customising project but apparently many staffers chipped in with advice on getting the engine in perfect shape before the launch of Isuzu Motors SA earlier in 2018.
Rimmer told The Corner the core team who had just over a month to get an Isuzu D-Teq common-rail diesel unit looking like one of the customised engines on display at Isuzu Motors in Japan.
”Diesel engines are the cornerstone of Isuzu products,” Rimmer added. ”As the world’s largest commercial diesel engine manufacturer, Isuzu has produced more than 25-million to date.”
And they appear not only in Isuzu-badged vehicles…
“Companies around the world have chosen Isuzu diesels as indispensable partners for their businesses. They’re used not only in vehicles but also in the construction industry, in ships and forklifts – even in snowmobiles in Antarctica.’
“They’re valued for their combination of power, performance,reliability and sure starting. Customers also like the fact that Isuzu’s advanced technology is continually raising the standards for quiet, low-pollution, industrial diesels.”
‘SHOWPIECE FOR OASIS’
South African-built Isuzu bakkies and trucks use the same diesel technology. ”We have the engineering expertise that ensures our vehicles meet customers’ requirements.”
Now that skill has been used to produce the shiny diesel engine mounted in the foyer of IMSA’s head office / plant… ”a showpiece in an oasis for conversation among employees”.