Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) has launched the Isuzu N-Series Soother - its first light-duty truck with Automated Manual Transmission (AMT).
“Being the number 1 truck brand in the country, Isuzu’s success comes from working closely with our customers, assessing their every need, and coming up with the best business solutions every step of the way,” said IPC President Hajime Koso. “In the Philippines, trucks are maximized and utilized almost at 24/7 operations. And with the increasing demand for delivery, especially in logistics, truckers deal not just with the increase in their operating expenses, particularly fuel and maintenance, but also the need for more professional drivers which has become quite a problem. So, we thought, why not make our next truck address all these challenges and more,” Koso added.
As the name suggests, Automated Manual Transmissions (AMT), also known as a clutchless manual, operate without the clutch pedal and achieves automatic shift change using sensors and actuators. It is said to be more fuel-efficient than vehicles fitted with manual transmission.
The Isuzu N-Series Smoother is powered by a 3-liter, 4-cylinder, Turbo-intercooler, DOHC Common-rail Direct Injection, Blue Power Diesel Engine (4JJ1-TCC) that produces a maximum output of 124PS and a maximum torque of 354Nm. It is paired with a 6-speed AMT (MYY6S) which is Isuzu’s latest transmission model. It has a gross vehicle weight of 4,490 kg and can be fitted with various body applications. Additional features include a tuner radio with USB, 2 speakers, charger port, cab power window, central door lock, and a cab tilt warning system.
The Isuzu N-Series Smoother is available in all authorized Isuzu Dealerships Nationwide beginning October. Pricing starts at Php 1,600,000 for the cab and chassis, with a 3-year and unlimited mileage warranty. Authorized dealers can provide proper information about available body options and corresponding pricing.
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