Isuzu Technical Center of America, Inc. (ITCA)


Commercial Vehicle Planning, Engineering, and Testing

Commercial Vehicle Planning, Engineering, and Testing (CVPET) is responsible for the development and validation of future Isuzu vehicle models for the North American market. Coordinating closely with its Japan counterparts, U.S. affiliates, and external partners, CVPET augments the base N-series chassis to create added value based on local customer demands. CVPET also acts as the center of expertise for unique American models including the Gas Engine N-Series for Class 3, 4, and 5, and the F-series for Class 6 and 7.

  • Commercial vehicle product planning & design engineering of North American models
  • Vehicle & subsystem performance testing & validation (physical & virtual)
  • Electric Vehicle development
  • Profitability improvement
  • Prototype coordination/building & parts procurement
  • Accessory development
  • Coordination of collaborative relationships
  • Field usage research & market trend analyses
  • Field quality support

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Powertrain (PT) functions as the Isuzu North America powertrain development team. PT-Lab operates the onsite engine and chassis test facilities, and PT-Engineering leverages advanced development methodologies to deliver enhanced engine performance & emissions, OBD (onboard diagnostics), and subsystem performance.

  • Isuzu own North America powertrain development
  • Engine performance & emissions calibration
  • Aftertreatment & On-Board Diagnostic (OBD) calibration
  • Model-Based Development (MBD) approach
  • Engine evaluation, verification, validation, and certification testing
  • Heavy-duty in-use testing (HDIUT)
  • Program management of outsourced testing at outside test facilities
  • Field engineering support (includes MST support)

Advanced Engineering

Advanced Engineering (AE) is responsible for the research and development of advanced vehicle and powertrain systems. Through close collaboration with external partners such as universities, research institutes, and engineering companies, AE is actively engaged in advanced R&D activities related to Autonomous Vehicle, electrification, alternative powertrains, Model-Based Development (MBD), advanced systems and controls development, and Artificial Intelligence.

  • Autonomous Vehicle R&D
  • Drive-by-Wire system development
  • Alternative powertrain research
  • Predictive technology development
  • Low emissions/GHG research & development
  • Emissions model development
  • Advanced systems and controls development
  • Coordination of collaborative relationships
  • Artificial intelligence and big data R&D

Quality Management (QM)

Quality Management (QM) is earnestly engaged in the resolution of field issues by means of leveraging Isuzu’s technological and organizational capacity. QM is active in capturing the needs of the customer, understanding current usage, and compiling and disseminating product quality information.

  • Field issue resolution
  • Voice of the customer (VOC) analysis and feedforward/feedback to engineering
  • Cultivation of awareness of market needs and usage by superintending the engineering curriculum for Engineer I/II
  • Management of companywide product quality meeting to disseminate quality and market information

Vehicle Compliance & Certification (VCC)

Vehicle Compliance & Certification (VCC) is responsible for navigating through increasingly complex and stringent government regulations in order to ensure that all Isuzu products in North America are properly certified. VCC is ITCA’s agency reporting and enforcement function, and is actively involved in congressional and industry trends and activities.

  • Certification of engines and vehicles
  • Government reporting
  • Enforcement (e.g. recalls and defects)
  • Trade association representation
  • Congressional activities
  • On-highway and non-road industry intelligence

Finance & Corporate Planning (FCP)

Finance & Corporate Planning (FCP) supports ITCA’s business planning and improvement activities by working with all departments to enhance company procedures and systems, provide clarity and accountability in budgeting and accounting operations through reporting and auditing activities, and provide support to management to identify and resolve issues.

  • Budgetary and accounting support to ensure compliance with GAAP and to reinforce internal control
  • Auditing of purchase process and fixed assets
  • Improvement and standardization of business systems
  • Establishment and monitoring of procedures and systems in collaboration with all ITCA departments
  • Management support activities


Work Shop

The garage area functions as a work shop to prepare vehicles for testing, implement design changes, assemble prototype vehicles, and conduct benchmarking activities. Vehicles are validated to ensure compliance with Isuzu’s stringent test standards.

Chassis Dyno

The chassis dynamometer lab encompasses a single roll dyno utilizing test benches and analyzers from Horiba, AVL, and Siemens. The lab provides full test and fabrication capability to support development, OBD-II, and certification functions under U.S., EPA, European, and Japan test cycles. The chassis dyno lab is unique within Isuzu in that it has full emissions capability for the N-series 4J vehicle.

Soak Room

The chassis dynamometer soak room allows vehicles to “soak” or rest until they reach ambient temperature in preparation for emissions testing.

Driving Course

The onsite test course is used to test and validate vehicles after updates or design changes have been implemented. Supported test activities include those related to braking performance, acceleration, drivability, and squeak & rattle testing.

Synthetic Gas Bench (SGB)

A feed gas system used to observe reactor behavior under controlled flow concentrations. Leveraged in catalyst R&D, modelling, performance, and aging behavior analysis. Allows for isolation of specific chemical reactions for more control over test data.

Engine Build Room

The engine build room serves as the staging area for prepping engines with all needed modifications before and after installation into one of the four onsite engine dyno cells. The build room is also utilized as a storage area for past and future test engines.

Engine Dyno Cells

The engine dynamometer lab supports altitude calibration and development testing under simulated non-sea level conditions, engine performance testing under steady-state and transient conditions, vehicle and transmission simulation testing for engine and aftertreatment calibration, and emissions testing with Horiba, FTIR, AVL 483 soot meter, and other emissions-related equipment.

Rig Room/Investigation Room

The rig room is utilized to disassemble, investigate, and document engines recovered from the field for the purpose of field quality improvement.

Clean Room

The clean room allows filters of particulate matter (PM) to be weighed for engine dyno testing, chassis dyno testing, and portable emissions measurement system (PEMS) testing. Strict environmental controls are maintained to ensure accurate measurement of particulates.

EV Fast Charger

The DC fast charging station has a maximum power output of 62.5 kW and can charge the Isuzu NRR EV in 1 to 2.5 hours, depending on the kilowatt-hour (kWh) rating of the vehicle’s battery packs.