CHARLOTTE—The Builtmore Contract Manufacturing unit of Novi-based Shyft Group Inc. (NASDAQ: SHYF) has been selected to produce additional options in the F- and N-series lineups for Isuzu Commercial Truck, including the 2022 F-Series cab-over chassis, featuring the new Cummins B6.7 diesel engine, as well as the new-in-class N-Series GVWR Class 5 gasoline-powered chassis.
“As the market becomes increasingly more competitive, Isuzu continues to innovate and create products that expand their portfolio and customer reach,” said Steve Guillaume, president of Shyft Specialty Vehicles. “We value our relationship with Isuzu and look forward to supporting this growth with new manufacturing capabilities and expansion while maintaining a high level of quality and support.”
Assembly of the Class 5 N-Series gasoline-powered chassis will begin immediately, with production on the 2022 F-Series featuring the Cummins B6.7 engine and a new Class 7 offering to commence later this year at Shyft’s Charlotte plant.
Said Shaun Skinner, president of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America and Isuzu Commercial Truck of Canada: “The launch of these new products will be a game changer for our customers, creating new opportunities for U.S. and Canadian Isuzu dealers at a very opportune time.”
The 2022 F-Series will now be available in two models—the Class 6 FTR (25,950 – GVWR) and the Class 7 FVR (33,000 – GVWR). The Cummins B6.7 diesel engine has the ability to reach up to 325 horsepower and offers nearly 200 more pound-feet of torque, compared to its predecessor’s 5.2 liter and 215 horsepower.
The Shyft Group is organized into two core business units: Shyft Fleet Vehicles & Services and Shyft Specialty Vehicles. Its brands include Utilimaster, Royal Truck Body, DuraMag and Magnum, Strobes-R-Us, Spartan RV Chassis, and Builtmore Contract Manufacturing, as well as aftermarket parts, service, and support. The Company employs approximately 3,000 employees across campuses, and operates plants and offices facilities in Michigan, Indiana, Maine, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Florida, Missouri, California, Arizona, Texas, and Saltillo, Mexico.