Isuzu – A Precedent in Diesel Engine Technology
Isuzu has long been famous for its quality diesel engine technology, having produced over 23 million units since its first air-cooled automotive version in 1936.
Their engines are noted for their superb performance, durability and economy. It is no wonder, since a significant portion of the company’s efforts have gone towards refining engine technology. An Isuzu diesel engine is the yardstick against which the rest of the industry’s engines are measured.
Isuzu’s reputation led to the company supplying diesel engines to other automotive and industrial equipment suppliers, making Isuzu one of the world’s largest diesel engine manufacturers.
Production of these precedent-setting diesel engines has become a global business, with a supply network stretching across Europe, North America, Japan and other countries.
Isuzu’s more than 60 kinds of diesel engines are used diversely in automotive, marine, and industrial applications: from the smallest, a 1 litre engine used in a mini-backhoe, to the largest, a 30 litre mammoth engine, used in heavy-duty tractors.
Part of Isuzu’s technological legacy includes turbocharged and intercooled engines, electronically controlled common rail high-pressure fuel injection, direct injection fuel systems, and the use of advanced materials, including ceramics. Another aspect of their research and development is enhancing thermal efficiency and reducing emissions, so as to be ever more sustainable in an increasingly environmentally conscious world.
As an indication of their world-wide reputability for reliability and durability, Isuzu was established as the official supplier of diesel engines for Japanese Antarctic exploration. In the harsh Antarctic environment, temperatures are typically minus 30°C. Therefore, the large snowmobiles powered by Isuzu diesel engines needed to be able to run efficiently at altitudes of 3800 metres, and in temperatures reaching as low as minus 80°C.
Isuzu is also a leader in the industrial engine market, where Isuzu’s continuing efforts to reduce both noise and pollution from its industrial engines is well known. In Japan, 120 companies rely on Isuzu to power their products, including industrial giant, Hitachi. In the United States, Isuzu supplies world-famous equipment manufacturers like Ingersoll-Rand and Thermo King.
The culmination of Isuzu’s advanced diesel engine technology is applied to the Isuzu D-TEQ engines in the new 6th generation Isuzu KB in South Africa. Featured is computer-controlled common rail fuel injection,
combined with advanced turbo chargers for optimised torque, power, and fuel economy.
The 2.5 litre Isuzu D-TEQ engine produces 85 kW @ 3600 r/min, with torque of 280 Nm @ 1800 – 2200 r/min. The 3.0 litre D-TEQ engine produces 130 kW @ 3600 r/min, with torque of 380 Nm @ 1800 – 2800 r/min.
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