isuzu history

Isuzu Elf 2nd Generation added to the Isuzu lineup in 1967

Isuzu introduced it’s 2nd generation Isuzu Elf in 1967

Isuzu continued it’s upward trend adding the “Light Elf” model Isuzu in August of 1967. The somewhat lighter version of the original Elf offered a 2,800 lb. payload capacity (1.25 tons).

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Isuzu Elf was the first N-series Isuzu Truck

Isuzu’s best selling N-series trucks began with the Isuzu Elf in 1959

Known in America as the N-series, the first medium duty Isuzu N-series trucks were branded as the Isuzu Elf in Japan and the trucks were only available in Japan and Asian markets at its inception.

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Isuzu Commercial Truck History

Isuzu Commercial Trucks roots began in 1893

We found this interesting information about the history of Isuzu trucks.

The history if Isuzu dates back all the way to 1893 to the earlier company known as, Tokyo Ishikawajima Shipbuilding & Engineering Co., Ltd., Later, in 1916, the shipbuilding company would transform into automobile manufacturing. using the money gained from its Tokyo Ishikawajima business (Isuzu’s founding year). In 1918, Isuzu and the British car manufacturer, Wolseley Motor Ltd. began working together and in the year of 1922, Tokyo Ishikawajima Shipbuilding & Engineering made the first automobile ever made in Japan. Shortly afterward, a truck followed in 1924 and Isuzu made the first Japanese-built Wolseley CP 1.5-ton payload truck. It was produced for use as a military truck for the Japanese government. Read more about the history of Isuzu trucks here.

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