What the used car export industry teaches you - The great point of Isuzu Forward is its low price!

The sales points of Japanese used truck Isuzu Forward are fuel efficiency and low car price!!

"Forward" is a medium-sized truck manufactured by Japanese car brand Isuzu and was launched in 1970, and the current model was launched in 2007.

The current Forward is a truck with excellent fuel efficiency, low vehicle price, and excellent cost performance. In addition, it has a high safety performance by having a communication system that informs the user whether repairs need to be done or not via the Internet before maintenance is required.

In 2011, when the engine was reviewed, Forward changed the engine of 8t and 11t models with a 240PS engine from 6HK to 4HK car.

The GVW 14.5t car is equipped with a 255PS engine.

The GVW20t car has a new 260PS engine, which dramatically improved driving performance.

This time, we will explain in detail of Isuzu Forward such as performance, popular models, history, and frequently asked questions, etc., that is useful when importing Japanese used cars.

Isuzu Forward
Isuzu Forward

The great point of Forward - The great point is its high-cost performance!

The Japanese used truck Isuzu Forward, which has a low purchase price and excellent cost performance, has great design characteristics, such as being selected for the Good Design Award.

Other than the design aspect, it has the following features.

    Good fuel economy and low running cost for fuel Equipped with a communication system that can detect the sign of failure in advance It is equipped with a suspension that prevents the luggage from moving around.

Therefore, from here, we will explain the three characteristics of Forward.

Used diesel cars have the best fuel economy

Forward is sold as the most fuel-efficient truck in the medium-sized diesel vehicles.

Since the Forward engine is equipped with a new-generation engine called "D-CORE," one of the attractions is the mileage of 8.1km per liter and the low running cost of fuel. Equipped with a communication system that can predict the sign of failure in advance Forward has a function to communicate information such as vehicle condition information and eco-driving status as standard equipment, so you can grasp the status of the vehicle via the Internet.

This allows Forward to be maintained before it breaks down, which not only reduces repair costs but also helps prevent accidents and road problems.

In addition, by enabling maintenance when there is a sign of failure, necessary maintenance contents and equipment can be grasped before warehousing, and the time required for maintenance can be shortened. You can repair it at a low cost without stopping.

Equipped with 4 back air suspension to prevent the luggage from moving around 4 bag air suspension to suit your luggage in the car. Electronically control the suspension to prevent the luggage from moving around.

Not only does it prevent the luggage from moving around, but the trunk is also devised, so even if the luggage in the trunk is inclined to left or right, it can be kept horizontal when traveling.

History of Isuzu Forward

The Used Truck Isuzu Forward, which has been loved by Japan and the world for 50 years since the end of the war, is a medium-sized truck that has steadily evolved while being influenced by various needs and the surrounding environment.

From here, we will introduce the history of successive models of Japanese used truck Forward.

First-generation Forward (1970-1975)

The first-generation Forward was released as a successor to Isuzu's first-generation truck, "TY".

A feature of the first-generation Forward is that the engine has been changed from a cabover format to a semi-cabover format.

By adopting the semi-cab over format, it was placed outside the cabin, so there was an advantage that the riding comfort was slightly improved. Some demerits were noticed, for example, since the wheelbase was longer, the minimum turning radius became larger.

Since it was not suitable for driving on narrow roads and the importance was placed on efficiency, it has been changed again to the cabover format after the 2nd generation Forward.

Second generation Forward (1975-1985)

The 2nd generation Forward has a shape similar to a modern truck and has been sold for 10 years.

By complying with the exhaust emission regulations that are being more strict year by year. And gradually increase the output of the engine from the 6BB1 type 145ps, the needs of a powerful engine in the industry and the technology to protect the environment have been successfully cleared.

Equipped with a bed where the driver can take a nap, various equipment such as power steering, four-wheel disc brakes, and vinyl knit seat, etc. are adopted.

Third generation Forward (1985-1994)

The third-generation Forward, which underwent a full model change, won the Good Design Award in 1985 for the first time as a truck.

It features a "multi-use seat and bed" that can be used as a bed by reclining the passenger seat and driver's seat. You can have a break comfortably along the way when driving a long-distance from town to town!

Equipment such as power windows, armrests, automatic door locks, and steering locks, etc., which are indispensable for modern trucks, were added with every minor change of the 3rd generation Forward.

Fourth generation Forward (1994-2007)

The 4th generation Forward, which was sold from the 3rd generation Forward along with keeping concepts.

It uses 6HE1-S and 6HE-TCS type engines with improved environmental performance, and 5t and 7t cars have released in the months after the sale.

We have improved the idling stop & start system, clutch MT "Smoother T" that reduces noise, and exhaust catalyst, etc. to meet the 2007 exhaust gas regulations.

Fifth generation Forward (2007-2016)

It is the current 5th generation Forward. The 5th generation Forward, which has 11t cars added to the lineup, has a larger headlight and a modern look.

In addition to the three advantages of Forward that we have introduced so far, it is equipped with an "ECONO" mode that detects the loading condition and road slope condition and automatically controls the torque distribution according to the accompanying condition.

Isuzu Forward Models and Engines

4HK1 Engine Model Codes

6HK1 Engine Model Codes

6HF1 Engine Model Codes

6HH1 Engine Model Codes

Diverse models of Forward

Having various models is one of the great points of Isuzu's Forward. From here, we will introduce four models of Isuzu Forward.

Flat body

The most orthodox truck is a flat body model. By lowering the left and right partitions, you can smoothly load and unload luggage. Gate can be selected from two types, wood and aluminum block.

Crane truck

It is a model with a crane that can load and unload smoothly and efficiently. Cranes are installed in the front or the rear, so even heavy loads can be loaded and unloaded with minimizing the burdens of a worker.

Box body

The flat body has the disadvantage of being exposed to the weather because the cargo is exposed, but this box body has a roof, so you can carry the cargo regardless of the weather.

In addition to the normal van type, you can choose from a refrigerated truck and freezer truck with a temperature control type, and you can carry food such as vegetables, fish, and meat in a fresh state.

Dump Truck

Dump trucks are by far the most popular among overseas users! Carused has a condition check to make sure the dump is working properly before exporting!

The dump model, which can lift the truck bed and unload the cargo all at once, can efficiently unload the cargo such as sand, rocks, and stones.

In addition to the usual dump model, you can choose from two types; safety loader dump that can efficiently transport construction equipment.


CNG-MPI model using natural gas. It is said that the development of unconventional gas such as shale gas will make it possible to collect reserves of approximately 250 years.

The exhaust gas performance of a CNG vehicle makes it possible to drive in an environmentally friendly manner.

Comparison between Forward vs Fighter

Mitsubishi Fuso's "fighter" is often compared with Isuzu's Forward.

From the comparison results, it can be said that Forward is cheaper, fuel efficiency and safety are higher. There are differences in fuel efficiency, safety, and engines, etc., but what are the differences? From here, we will introduce the difference between Forward and Fighter.

Isuzu Forward Truck

As we have introduced so far, Forward, which boasts a mileage of 8.1km per liter, has the best fuel economy of any medium-sized truck.

The key to fuel efficiency is the adoption of the next-generation engine "D-CORE," which is lightweight, compact, and highly efficient, and realizes powerful driving even with good fuel efficiency.

Isuzu Forward
Isuzu Forward

Mitsubishi Fighter Truck

The Japanese car brand Mitsubishi Fuso's "Fighter", which is often compared to Forward, is characterized by enhanced safety through an advanced prevention system.

In order to protect the driver, we adopted a discharge headlamp that is brighter than conventional halogen lamps, and by installing a front anti-slip device, it is possible to prevent passenger cars from slipping under the truck in the event of a collision.

Each type is divided into a 4V 20 engine and a 6M 60 engine, and we are pursuing the highest level of loading in the 8t class.

Mitsubishi Fuso Fighter
Mitsubishi Fuso Fighter


Q1. Is Forward comfortable to drive?

Isuzu's Forward has many features to prevent drivers from feeling tired.

For example, since the handle has a small diameter, it not only has high operability, but it also allows you to operate the display while holding the handle, which reduces stress and fatigue.

In addition, an air suspension seat is adapted to absorb small vibrations while driving, and the seat height is automatically maintained according to the weight of the driver, so it is comfortable even for long hours driving.

Q2. Is Forward the most fuel-efficient Japanese truck?

Yes. Forward has the highest fuel efficiency of all medium-sized trucks.

With a mileage of 8.1km per liter, it boasts the best fuel economy of a medium-sized diesel vehicle.

Q3. Please explain the safety performance of Forward

Forward has a communication function as standard equipment, so you can check the vehicle status at any time via the Internet.

Since you can always check the condition of the car, you can prevent accidents due to breakdowns and malfunctions. Because the camera and radar constantly monitor the front of the vehicle, alarm and brake control will be performed automatically if necessary. It has adopted "pre-crash brake".

Even if a collision cannot be avoided with the pre-crash brake, the brake can be automatically activated to reduce the speed at the time of a collision, thus minimizing damage.

In addition, Forward is equipped with safety features such as "LDWS" that informs you with an alarm sound when straying onto the driving lane and "IESC" that prevents the vehicle from rolling over.