The Isuzu Elf (いすゞ・エルフ Isuzu Erufu?) is a medium duty truck produced by Isuzu. Outside Japan it is known as N-series.
Isuzu Elf first generation
The range was primarily available in Japan, Hong Kong and some other Asian countries, and since the late 1980s, also in the United States, Chile, Colombia (under the Chevrolet brand with the use in it trucks the legend “Tecnología Isuzu”/ with Isuzu Technology), and Peru (under the Chevrolet brand), besides others.
In Malaysia, the truck is manufactured by Heavy Industries Corporation of Malaysia (HICOM) under the name of HICOM Perkasa, but carrying the Isuzu N-Series Commando badge. Manufacturing began in 1958 with the first cars going to Asia. Australia was another important market for the Elf & N-Series – to the extent that it was manufactured there from the 1970s using many local components.
For the common Andinian market (including Chile and Peru), the assembling is developed in the GM-Colmotores assembling plant in Bogotá; and called N-Series, Colombia, with annual quantities already of 20.000 up to 60.000 units of this reputed model, since 1991, with an increasing number assembled because of the needs of the Colombian and others external markets for this light truck.
In many markets the Elf & N-Series was very expensive and was replaced by the Isuzu Truck when that model became available for worldwide market in the early 1980s. On June 10, 2008, GM Chile announced its 20,000th Isuzu truck assembled in its Huechuraba plant (including N and F series).
Isuzu Elf NKR55 Microbus
In Indonesia, the Elf is not only used as trucks, but also converted into microbuses by the local body makers. The 4-wheel NHR55 and NKR55 are commonly used for travel bus, school bus, and employee bus.
In the United States, its principal competitors are Bering MS, Mitsubishi Fuso FE and the UD 1200/1300/1400. Japanese competitors are Mitsubishi Fuso Canter, Nissan Atlas, Toyota Dyna and Hino Dutro.