ICTA and Utilimaster Announce New Commercial Van
- Isuzu Commercial Truck of America (ICTA), Inc., distributor of low-cab-forward trucks, and Utilimaster, Inc., a manufacturer of specialty chassis and vehicles, introduced an all-new commercial van at the American Truck Dealers (ATD) 2010 Convention & Expo in Orlando.
The walk-in van-with a body designed by Utilimaster Corporation atop a rugged heavy-duty Isuzu NPR chassis and powered by Isuzu's legendary 3.0L diesel engine-will combine the functionality and design flexibility of a custom-built work truck with the styling and ergonomics of a cargo van, all while expected to achieve best-in-class fuel economy savings, meeting the latest EPA emissions standards, offering true commercial truck capability and delivering low cost of ownership.
Prototypes are scheduled to begin rolling off the line in the third quarter of this year, with full production scheduled for the second half of 2011.
"This new walk-in van will be the first vehicle to fully meet the needs of today's fleet and vocational markets," said Shaun Skinner, executive vice president and general manager of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America. "It will offer significantly more interior height and width than other commercial vans, and it will have multiple design options to maximize utility and driver productivity. Add to that a body design and powertrain that have been engineered for performance, durability and low cost of ownership, and the result is a vehicle that will truly revolutionize the commercial van market."
Added John Marshall, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Utilimaster, "We have worked extensively with key customers for more than 18 months to develop this product from the ground up and the response so far has been very encouraging. This next-generation van is expected to achieve best-in-class fuel economy along with important features to support commercial van customers, including a distinctly automotive aesthetic, that will set it apart in the marketplace."