I-1 Grand Prix Celebrates 10th Anniversary

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The I-1 Grand Prix, held to crown Isuzu’s number-one (“I-1”) people in service skills and automotive knowledge, celebrated its 10th anniversary with a finalround event attended by a record 43 teams—35 in the commercial vehicle (CV) division and eight in the light-commercial vehicle (LCV) division—from 35 countries. The annual challenge, known officially as the Isuzu World Technical Com petition, was held at Isuzu’s Manufacturing Service Training Center (MSTC). Isuzu President Masanori Katayama, speaking during the opening ceremony, said that this year’s contest was especially memorable for three reasons: it was celebrating its 10th year, it was the first global contest at MSTC, which began operating in January 2015, and it was the contest’s first year to include a LCV division, although only as an exhibition. He also thanked everyone for supporting Isuzu’s after-sales policy and the contest for the last 10 years, and he praised the efforts of the contestants in representing their respective countries. In the CV division, there were 11 teams from Category A countries. These countries enforce especially demanding emission regulations, including requiring vehicles to comply with Euro 5 or higher standards. In Category B, or countries with less-demanding regulations, the 24 teams included first-time entrants Costa Rica, Egypt, Kenya and Qatar. The LCV division featured another eight teams from countries represented by other teams in the CV division. The practical test included vehicle repairs and component inspections. The written test, which varied by category, consisted of 25 questions. Japan’s team won Category A (above), followed by teams from New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Spain, in that order. The Philippine team topped Category B (above right top), with Indonesia and Oman rounding out the top three. Teams from Russia, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Uzbekistan and Thailand placed fourth to eighth, respectively. In the LCV division, Indonesia (above bottom), the Philippines and Thailand placed among the top three, in that order. Awards were also presented to unranked teams. Qatar won the Rookie of the Year award as the highest-ranking new competitor and South Africa received the Jump-up award for rising the most places compared to its 2014 position. Good Performance awards went to the United States in Category A and Malaysia and Peru in Category B for the highest scores among teams that did not rec