Tirupati, March 4, 2014
Keeping in mind the increasing demand for diesel cars in the country and the need for skilled manpower for diesel-engine technology, Isuzu had donated a vehicle training kit to ITI, Tirupati in January 2014, consisting engine set, engine control module, transmission assembly and steering control set. In continuation of the donation, Isuzu is conducting advanced automobile diesel engine training program for ITI Tirupati technical staff. Also, on the occasion Isuzu donated a common-rail diesel engine assembly along with transmission & differential assembly with specialized tools for handling the assemblies.
For this, Isuzu brought in 2 specialized staff trainers from Japan to provide knowledge transfer to ITI staff. Isuzu Foundation has considerable experience in conducting such specialized Training Program in countries like Thailand and Philippines. The training program is a 3 day intensive program covering the essential functions of automobile and major assemblies in a diesel vehicle with specific focus on diesel engine and transmission. The program aims to give not only theoretical information but also practical hands-on knowledge/ experience on the working of vehicle chassis assembly, thereby upgrading the student skillsets with advanced automobile technology.
Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Takashi Kikuchi, President & Managing Director – Isuzu Motors India, said, “Developing manpower locally is part of Isuzu’s global corporate philosophy, and in continuation of this, we aim to upgrade technical skills with hands-on experience on the actual vehicle. This is mutually beneficial by helping the individual to develop his skillset and also by creating a talent pool for Isuzu’s upcoming factory nearby.”
Recently senior members from Isuzu Motors India visited the famous Venkateshwara Temple in Tirupati to seek blessings on their endeavors.
Last month, Isuzu opened its first showroom in Tirupati which is a part of Isuzu’s expansion plans under which the company had planned to open a total number of 60 outlets across India by end of 2015-16. Currently, Isuzu has presence with 8 outlets across all four states in South India.
Isuzu currently sells two vehicles in India – a sports utility vehicle MU-7 and pick-up truck D-Max. The MU-7 is priced at Rs. 21.19 lakh (ex-showroom Tirupati), while the pick-up truck Dmax is priced at Rs. 6.87 lakh (ex-showroom Tirupati).
A part of Chitoor district, Tirupati is an important market for Isuzu, as the company has an upcoming manufacturing plant in Sri City, which also comes in Chitoor district. The ground breaking ceremony for Isuzu’s manufacturing plant was held in January 2014. The manufacturing plant is likely to be operational by early 2016.
Isuzu Motors Limited, Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan is a global manufacturer of light commercial vehicles, commercial vehicles, utility vehicles and diesel engines. With operations in 25 countries with its vehicle sold in more than 100 countries worldwide, the company is a leader in pickups and pickup based derivatives in many markets worldwide along with leadership in light commercial vehicles. The company manufactures and sells close to 6 lakh units annually across the world, and is a leader in pickup trucks & derivatives and light commercial vehicles in most of the key markets that it operates in.
Isuzu Motors India Private Limited, a subsidiary of Isuzu Motors Limited, Japan was established in August 2012. The company started its India operations by bringing in limited volume of completely built units (CBUs) for the purpose of test marketing and developing a better understanding of the Indian customers. Isuzu Motors, in the next phase of its project has started the assembly of CKD units in contract manufacturing with Hindustan Motors Limited. This is an intermediate stage of the company’s project in India, before the start full fledge localized manufacturing at its own plant at Sri City, TADA, Chittoor district expected by 2016.
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