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According to press reports in Japan, Isuzu Motors Ltd. and Hino Motors Ltd. plan to expand its supply of diesel engines to other companies, beginning later this year. Isuzu said will increase its supply of the engines to General Motors Corp., which holds an 8.4% stake in Isuzu. Specifically, Isuzu said it will increase output of 6.6-liter V-8 engines produced at Dmax Ltd., the Moraine, Ohio-based joint venture with GM. Dmax will begin, according to reports, expanding its annual capacity by 10% to 200,000 engines. he output at Dmax is expected to reach 194,000 engines in 2005, up just above 10% ffrom 2004. Also Isuzu said, GM plans to begin installing Dmax diesels in large cargo vans and school buses, in addition to large pickup trucks.

Hino said it plans to increase the sales of its diesel engines to other vehicle manufacturers to 36,000 engines in fiscal 2007, up 160% from fiscal 2004. In Japan, it will increase its supply to Nissan Diesel Motor Co. and other companies to 22,000 engines from 12,000 for use in midsize trucks. In Asia and other foreign countries, the firm aims to increase supply, to mostly local automakers to, 14,000 engines from 2,000. Also, Hino’s Shanghai joint venture, which has just begun producing diesel engines, has started delivering to local commercial vehicle manufacturers. The firm said it plans to produce 1300 10.5-liter engines this year, with a goal of 15,000 annual output by 2008. Isuzu also said it will market diesel engines, produced in Japan, in the Philippines, marking its first venture in Southeast Asia focusing on engine sales.