Today Isuzu Motors South Africa announced a number of key leadership appointments in support of the purchase of the Isuzu related assets from General Motors South Africa, effective January 2018 and subject to various regulatory approvals:
Haruyasu Tanishige, in addition to his current role of Senior Executive officer for the Sales Division of Isuzu Motors in Japan, will be appointed to the position of Chairman of Isuzu Motors South Africa. Tanashige will continue to be based in Tokyo at Isuzu’s headquarters.
With immediate effect Michael Sacke, currently CFO for GM South Africa, will be appointed as Chief Operations Officer and CFO to assume responsibility for the transition of GM South Africa’s operations to Isuzu Motors by year-end and also to ensure the integration of the Isuzu truck and light commercial businesses. Following this he will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Isuzu Motors South Africa.
Isuzu Trucks South Africa (ITSA) this week celebrated a major milestone when the 30 000th Isuzu truck rolled off the production line at General Motors South Africa’s (GMSA) Kempston Road plant.
This milestone was achieved during an eight year period of production under ITSA, after a joint venture for truck manufacturing was formed between Isuzu Motors Limited of Japan and GMSA. The consolidated company was then named Isuzu Trucks South Africa (Pty) Limited.
According to Marchand McDonald, Isuzu Truck Plant Manager, this facility builds 47 different model derivatives, varying from 1.5 to 40 ton carrying capacity. “On the drivetrain side we use four engine types and three different transmission types – manual transmission, Auto-Manual-Transmission (AMT) as well as fully automatic transmission.
“The other interesting fact is that we build rear wheel drive trucks and all-wheel drive trucks, like a 4×4. [...]
Isuzu Truck South Africa now offers genuine OEM parts at competitive prices for customers.
“The advantage of having Isuzu genuine OEM parts fitted in the truck in the event of a breakdown is that the same parts that were used to build the truck are fitted, thus prolonging the life cycle of the vehicle.”
It is easy to understand why Isuzu Truck South Africa has adopted a forward-thinking approach by selling genuine replacement parts to truck owners at a fraction of the cost, so they do not consider ‘pirate’ aftermarket components as a cheaper option.
Isuzu Truck South Africa understands that it is a business imperative to ensure that, despite the rise in cost of living and competing needs, new and existing Isuzu customers have access to replacement parts that ensure optimal performance, longevity, safety and proper functioning of their Isuzu Trucks.
The company is alive to the prevailing mindset among truck owners that genuine [...]