Harbison sees huge Isuzu-Volvo potential down under

UD transfer, tech at the fore even if no Australian market impact just yet

Harbison sees huge Isuzu-Volvo potential down under
Andrew Harbison


Isuzu Australia Limited (IAL) has welcomed the prospect of a ‘long-term and industrious relationship’ with Volvo Group following the recently formalised strategic alliance between the two.

The recent signing of binding agreements combining the strengths of both global commercial vehicle giants is designed to respond to industry changes and capitalise on the opportunity available to the broader global road transport sector, IAL director and chief operating officer Andrew Harbison says.

"The formalisation of the alliance between Isuzu Motors Limited and Volvo Group, first announced late last year, marks a significant day for the global Isuzu family and firmly underpins the current and future strength of the organisation," Harbison says.

The agreement formalises the transfer of complete ownership of UD Trucks from the Volvo to Isuzu, and encompasses a range of cooperative activity including a technology partnership covering joint development of common platforms within the Isuzu and UD product line-ups and utilising Volvo Group technology.

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"The transfer of ownership of UD Trucks from Volvo to Isuzu is an important aspect of this announcement and has been described as building a bridge in the business between Isuzu and Volvo – another substantial transformation within the broader transport industry warmly welcome here in Australia," Harbison says.

"The focus on complementary capabilities and the leveraging of volume opportunities here will be a real win for road transport equipment operators around the world.

"Further enhancing this is the intended cooperation between Isuzu and Volvo regarding the development of new technologies such as autonomous driving, connectivity and medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicles.

Harbison notes the transaction doesn’t impact the domestic Australian market immediately.

However, "we’re excited to see where this strategic partnership will lead for our customers, with both global groups clear leaders in their fields of expertise," he adds.

"In the meantime, our local operators can look forward to continued and uninterrupted service, advice and support from IAL and our dealer network." 

Further information will be provided as Australian operations are advised of next steps, Harbison advises.

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