Isuzu Elf

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Isuzu Elf
Isuzu Elf
Elf / N series
Manufacturer: Isuzu
Sales designation: Elf / N series
Production period: since 1959
Previous model: -
Successor: none
Technical specifications

The Isuzu Elf or Isuzu N-series is a light truck manufactured by Isuzu in Japan.

The series is mainly on the market in Japan , Hong Kong and a few other Asian countries and is also offered as Mazda Titan . Since the early 1980s, it has also been available under the name Chevrolet W-Series and GMC W-Series in the USA, Chile and Peru, as well as other American countries. In Egypt it is called the Chevrolet N-series .

In Malaysia , the truck is being built by the Heavy Industries Corporation of Malaysia (HICOM) under the name HICOM Perkasa , but is called the Isuzu N-Series Commando . Production began in 1958. Australia was also an important market for the Elf / N series - insofar as it has been built there since the 1970s using many locally manufactured components.

In 1995, Isuzu and Nissan cooperate , the ELF is sold by Nissan as Atlas and on the European market as Nissan Cabstar . The engines also come from Isuzu.

For Europe, these vehicles were assembled by VN Automóveis in Portugal from 2006 to 2014 and since then in Italy.

For the markets in Chile and Peru , SKD sets are delivered to Huerchuraba (Chile), where up to seven trucks are assembled by 13 workers per day. The parts of these trucks come from Japan.

The Elf / N series was very expensive in many markets and has been replaced by the '' Isuzu Truck '' since the model was offered worldwide in the early 1980s. On June 10, 2008, the 20,000. Trucks (N and F series ) built at the Huechuraba plant.

Most models of these trucks can be distinguished by their front lettering 'Elf' or 'NHR', 'NKR', 'NPR', 'NQR', 'NRR', usually only the word ISUZU on the back.

In Indonesia , the Elf is not only used as a truck, but also converted into minibuses by local wheelwright businesses . The NHR55 and NKR55 all-wheel drive models are commonly used as a coach, school bus, or to transport workers.

Model range


  • NHR (1.5 t) 4 × 2
  • NHS (1.5 t) 4 × 4
  • NKR (Standard Hi-Cab) 4 × 2
  • NKS (Standard Hi-Cab) 4 × 4
  • NPR (Wide Cab) 4 × 2
  • NPS (Wide Cab) 4 × 4

USA and Canada

Isuzu NPR (wide cabin, 7 t) as a beer delivery vehicle in Canada

Diesel models from 3 to 9.5 tons total weight with narrow, wide and long cabs as well as an all-wheel-drive model are offered.


  • ELF300 (NKR)
  • ELF400 (NPR)
  • ELF450 (NQR)


  • Eleven NHR55 4-wheel
  • Eleven NKR55 4-wheel (since 2007, also in Russia )
  • Eleven NKR66 6-wheel (until 2006)
  • Eleven NKR71 6-wheel

Other countries

  • NHR
  • NHS
  • NKR
  • NKS
  • NPR
  • NPS
  • Eleven
  • HICOM Perkasa
  • Commando

Web links

Commons : Isuzu Elf  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files
Commons : Isuzu N-Series  - Collection of Images, Videos, and Audio Files

Individual evidence

  1. Chevrolet alcanza el récord de 20,000 camiones armados en Chile ( Memento from February 14, 2009 in the web archive )