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 Isuzu Forward Smoother-F
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Due to recent changes in the economic and logistics environments, customer needs have shifted and further cost (initial & running) reductions are required. An investigation of vehicle operation costs in the market showed that potential savings in maintenance costs exceeded those of fuel, and reducing these costs became an important issue to address. In addition, with the increase in elderly and female drivers, it was important to boost safety by reducing the driving burden. Bearing in mind this changing market environment and actual driving states, the next generation cost saving transmission (the "Smoother-F") was introduced.
Based on a development concept of reducing life cycle costs and improving safety, the Smoother-F reduces costs with a maintenance-free clutch and by eliminating the clutch pedal entirely. The two-pedal system makes the truck easy to drive, and reduces driving fatigue and related accidents.
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Storage location:ISUZU MOTORS LIMITED
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Year manufactured:2002
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Manufacturer:Isuzu Motors Ltd.
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Classification:Mass-production vehicle
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Current status:In use: on public display
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Vehicle name / Manufacture
Vehicle name:Forward
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Model name:KK-FRR35K4SX
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Company name:Isuzu Motors Limited
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Year manufactured:2002
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Designed by:Isuzu Motors Limited
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Vehicle type/usage:Medium duty truck
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Location of actual vehicle/replica:Isuzu Motors Limited
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Model / Weight
Style:Cab-over type
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Number of doors:2
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Passenger capacity:2
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Vehicle weight:3340 kg
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Gross vehicle weight:7900 kg
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Points of interest, topicality:The Smoother-F system combines the advantages of MT and AT, such as the good fuel efficiency and engine braking of MT, and the maintenance-free characteristics and simple operation of AT, which leads to improved safety.
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Body / Size
Bumpers:Provided
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Step:Provided
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Overall length:8235 mm
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Overall width:2260 mm
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Overall height:2500 mm
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Headlamp type:Discharge headlamps
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Tire size:225/80R17.5-123/122L
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Body / Axle / Driving / Others
Frame:Ladder shape, U-shape section
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Front axle:Reverse Elliot type
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Rear axle:Full floating type
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Wheelbase:4700 mm
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Front tread x rear tread:1795×1660 mm
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Vehicle height adjustment:
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Steering:Ball nut type
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Main braking system:(Front) Air hydraulic type dual leading, (Rear) Air hydraulic type dual leading
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Parking brake:Mechanical propeller shaft internal expansion brake
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Dampers:Double-acting
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Stabilizer:Torsion bar suspension type (opt.)
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Engine / Size / Power
Engine name:6HL1-S
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Cooling/cylinder arrangement:Water-cooled/L6
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Valve train:OHC
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Bore x stroke:115×115 mm
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Displacement:7.166 L
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Max. power/r.p.m.:151(205)/2900
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Max. torque/r.p.m.:500 (51)/1700
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Exhaust emissions treatment:Provided with exhaust gas recirculation system (EGR)
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Supercharger:None
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Variable ignition system:None
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Fuel tank capacity:100 L
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Fetures:Conformed with long-term exhaust emissions regulations
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Hybrid
Hybrid system type:None
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Drive-train
Transmission:6MT (MZZ) + Smoother-F
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Drive system:4×2
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Performance
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Vehicle introduction:Together with providing the next generation new "Smoother-F" transmission, which combined economic efficiency with easy operation, some vehicles were equipped with an optional oxidation catalyst to boost marketability. "Smoother-F" combines the advantages of MT and AT, to alleviate driving fatigue, and improve safety and comfort by eliminating the need for a clutch (only 2 pedals, an accelerator and a brake are required). As the transmission is based on an MT, the extremely low power transmission loss between the engine and drive system enables the same fuel efficiency as an MT vehicle. Since it also eliminates the need to replace the clutch, the subsequent reduction in maintenance costs contributes to lower vehicle life cycle costs.
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