Chennai / Bengaluru, 26, February 2015
Isuzu Motors India Private Limited, a subsidiary of Isuzu Motors, Japan, one of the world’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturers, a leader in pick-up trucks and diesel engines, delivered 3 Isuzu D-Max Single Cab vehicles to Snowman Logistics, a leading integrated temperature controlled logistics service provider in the country. The company chose the Isuzu D-Max to add to its existing fleet of reefer trucks as it offers unmatched reliability and performance especially for refrigerated applications.
Powered by a 2499cc, 4-cylinder intercooled turbocharged diesel engine, the D-Max supports the need for powerful refrigeration and ensures higher productivity. The vehicle is designed with in-built features that support the refrigerated applications, thereby reducing the need for retrofitment.
Commenting at the key handover occasion, Mr. Shigeru Wakabayashi, Deputy Managing Director, Isuzu Motors India, said, “We are extremely happy to have Snowman as our customer, as we believe they have set a benchmark in the Indian cold-chain business in line with global standards, with state-of-the-art systems, processes and logistics. The choice of the Isuzu D-Max to service their high customer expectations only reiterates the D-Max’s world renowned reliability and efficiency. We are confident that our presence in the cold-chain transportation will increase manifold in the future.”
Speaking at the occasion, Mr. Kannan, CEO, Snowman Logistics, said, “We have witnessed immense potential and value in the D-Max, especially with refrigerated applications. The product is appropriately designed to also meet the requirements of the cold-chain business and adding the D-Max to our existing fleet, will certainly enhance our efficiency levels.”
The award winning Isuzu D-Max is powered by a muscular 2499cc, 4-cylinder intercooled turbocharged diesel engine, mated to an efficient 5-speed manual transmission. It has a heavy-duty chassis, a large cargo bed to accommodate a refrigerated container and its body structure is made from high-tensile steel. It sports a bold and aggressive look on the outside and sophisticated, passenger-vehicle like interiors, making it a pride for the owner.
A completely new concept in India, the new D-MAX Space Cab’s unique feature is its extended cabin space of 1.5 feet behind the drivers’ seat, which can store valuable/ fragile goods. It offers significant features like Power steering, Power windows, Centralized door lock, AC with heater etc., making it ideal for commercial use in industries like Dairy, Agriculture, Retail, Engineering, Manufacturing and Small businesses.
Isuzu has plans to open 60 outlets across India by end of 2015-16. Isuzu has already established its dealer network in 18 locations across the country with outlets in Delhi, Noida, Gurgaon, Jaipur, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Coimbatore, Madurai, Visakhapatnam, Tirupati, Cochin, Calicut, Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Ludhiana and Lucknow.
Isuzu Motors Limited, Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan is a global manufacturer of light, medium and heavy commercial vehicles, utility vehicles and diesel engines. With operations in 25 countries, selling more than 100 countries worldwide, the company is a leader in pickups and pickup based derivatives in many markets. The company manufactures and sells close to 6 lakh units annually across the world.
Isuzu Motors India Private Limited, a subsidiary of Isuzu Motors Limited, Japan was established in August 2012 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Headquartered in Chennai, Isuzu currently has a contract manufacturing agreement with Hindustan Motors (HML) under which HML is assembling CKD kits of Isuzu’s Sports Utility Vehicle MU-7 and pick-up truck D-Max, at its Thiruvallur, Chennai plant.
Isuzu began civil works on its proposed manufacturing plant site in SriCity, TADA, Chitoor District, Andhra Pradesh. The company had acquired 107 Acres of land in 2013 after signing a MoU with the Andhra Pradesh State Government in order to start automobile manufacturing operation in India. This new facility is likely to commence commercial operations by early 2016, with the initial production capacity at 50,000 units/ year. Isuzu will scale up the production capacity to 120,000 units/ year, with the accumulated investment of Rs. 3,000 Crore, and is expected to generate 2000 – 3000 jobs. The company has plans to open 60 dealership outlets across the country by 2016 and aims to have 160 by 2020.
Isuzu Motors India plans to achieve 100% percent localization within three years of commencing production in 2016. It is an exemplary showcase of Isuzu’s long term commitment to the Indian market.
Snowman Logistics Limited is an integrated temperature controlled logistics services provider with 23 temperature controlled warehouses across 14 locations in India including Serampore (near Kolkata), Taloja (near Mumbai), Palwal (near Delhi), Mevalurkuppam (near Chennai) and Bengaluru capable of warehousing 58,543 pallets and 3,000 ambient pallets as of 31st March 2014. Snowman operates over 400 reefer vehicles for primary and secondary transportation.