The Isuzu Elf, a light duty truck manufactured and sold by Japanese automaker Isuzu since 1959. In the export market, it is commonly called the N-series.
The Isuzu Elf was offered mainly in Japan and Hong Kong as well as certain other Asian markets. It was also offered in United States, Chile, Colombia and Peru (under Chevrolet brand) since 1980s.
The truck is built by Heavy Industries Corporation of Malaysia (HICOM) under the name of HICOM Perkasa in Malaysia, though have an Isuzu N-Series Commando emblem as well. The first truck was built in 1958 and offered for sale in Asia initially. In later years, the Australia became one of the major markets for Elf and N-Series. Its popularity in Australia led to the local production dated back in 1970s with the help of utilizing local equipment and devices.
In the Andinian market, i.e. Chile and Peru, production of the light truck is carried out in GM-Colmotores assembling plant located in Bogota and known as N-Series, Colombia. Since 1991, the annual units produced have already been increased from 20,000 units to 60,000 units and the numbers are still increasing with the growing demand of the Colombian and certain other related markets.
The Elf and N-Series was considered very expensive in many export markets and hence a relatively economical model Isuzu Truck by launched by Isuzu that went on sale all across the world in 1980s. A statement had been made by GM Chile that suggested the next 20,000 Isuzu Truck would be assembled in Huecheraba plant along with N-Series and F-Series.
The use of Elf In Indonesian market is not limited as trucks rather some native body makers have transformed it into microbuses for public transportation purposes. Its all-wheel drive NHR55 and NKr55 versions are normally served as school bus, employee bus, and travel bus.
In the US market, the Elf has a competition with Bering MS, Mitsubishi Fuso FE and the UD 1200/1300/1400, while in Japanese market it has to compete with Mitsubishi Fuso Canter, Nissan Atlas, Toyota Dyna and Hino Dutro.
WienerMobile shared chassis with Elf and N-Series.