American Isuzu trims dealers
American Isuzu Motors Inc., in a move to trim small market outlets, cut medium-duty truck dealers last year by eight, to 210. The company has no plans to further thin dealer ranks, said Jim Underwood, general manager for commercial vehicles. The truckmaker also beefed up its zone sales force in 1996, and put a special sales push behind the NPR-EFI, the Class 3 gasoline-engine truck built in a joint venture with General Motors in Janesville, Wis.
Caterpillar diesel gets new features
Caterpillar Inc.'s Engine Division has upgraded its 7.2-liter 3126 diesel engine by adding new electronic features, including power-takeoff functions and coolant-level monitoring. The engine ranges from 175 hp to 330 hp. The 330 hp rating is limited to fire truck and RV applications.
Rockwell will sell Fras-Le linings
Rockwell Automotive said it has formed a strategic marketing alliance to distribute Fras-Le brake linings for the truck aftermarket. Rockwell said it would make the products available in June from its aftermarket distribution centers in Florence, Ky., and Brampton, Ontario. Fras-Le S.A., based in Brazil, has North American headquarters in Ramsey, N.J.