Isuzu
Overview
 
, is a Japan
Japan
Japan is an island nation in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies to the east of the Sea of Japan, China, North Korea, South Korea and Russia, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south...

ese car, commercial vehicle and heavy truck manufacturing company
Corporation
A corporation is created under the laws of a state as a separate legal entity that has privileges and liabilities that are distinct from those of its members. There are many different forms of corporations, most of which are used to conduct business. Early corporations were established by charter...

, headquartered in Tokyo
Tokyo
, ; officially , is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan. Tokyo is the capital of Japan, the center of the Greater Tokyo Area, and the largest metropolitan area of Japan. It is the seat of the Japanese government and the Imperial Palace, and the home of the Japanese Imperial Family...

. In 2005, Isuzu became the world's largest manufacturer of medium to heavy duty trucks. It has assembly and manufacturing plants in the Japanese city of Fujisawa
Fujisawa, Kanagawa
is a city located in Kanagawa, Japan. As of 2010, the city had an estimated population of 407,731 and a population density of 5,870 people per km². The total area is 69.51 km²-Geography:...

, as well as in the prefectures Tochigi
Tochigi Prefecture
is a prefecture located in the Kantō region on the island of Honshū, Japan. The capital is the city of Utsunomiya.Nikkō, whose ancient Shintō shrines and Buddhist temples UNESCO has recognized by naming them a World Heritage Site, is in this prefecture...

 and Hokkaidō
Hokkaido
, formerly known as Ezo, Yezo, Yeso, or Yesso, is Japan's second largest island; it is also the largest and northernmost of Japan's 47 prefectural-level subdivisions. The Tsugaru Strait separates Hokkaido from Honshu, although the two islands are connected by the underwater railway Seikan Tunnel...

. Isuzu is famous for producing commercial vehicles and diesel engine
Diesel engine
A diesel engine is an internal combustion engine that uses the heat of compression to initiate ignition to burn the fuel, which is injected into the combustion chamber...

s. By 2009, Isuzu had produced over 21 million diesel engines, which can be found in vehicles all over the world.
Encyclopedia
, is a Japan
Japan
Japan is an island nation in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies to the east of the Sea of Japan, China, North Korea, South Korea and Russia, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south...

ese car, commercial vehicle and heavy truck manufacturing company
Corporation
A corporation is created under the laws of a state as a separate legal entity that has privileges and liabilities that are distinct from those of its members. There are many different forms of corporations, most of which are used to conduct business. Early corporations were established by charter...

, headquartered in Tokyo
Tokyo
, ; officially , is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan. Tokyo is the capital of Japan, the center of the Greater Tokyo Area, and the largest metropolitan area of Japan. It is the seat of the Japanese government and the Imperial Palace, and the home of the Japanese Imperial Family...

. In 2005, Isuzu became the world's largest manufacturer of medium to heavy duty trucks. It has assembly and manufacturing plants in the Japanese city of Fujisawa
Fujisawa, Kanagawa
is a city located in Kanagawa, Japan. As of 2010, the city had an estimated population of 407,731 and a population density of 5,870 people per km². The total area is 69.51 km²-Geography:...

, as well as in the prefectures Tochigi
Tochigi Prefecture
is a prefecture located in the Kantō region on the island of Honshū, Japan. The capital is the city of Utsunomiya.Nikkō, whose ancient Shintō shrines and Buddhist temples UNESCO has recognized by naming them a World Heritage Site, is in this prefecture...

 and Hokkaidō
Hokkaido
, formerly known as Ezo, Yezo, Yeso, or Yesso, is Japan's second largest island; it is also the largest and northernmost of Japan's 47 prefectural-level subdivisions. The Tsugaru Strait separates Hokkaido from Honshu, although the two islands are connected by the underwater railway Seikan Tunnel...

. Isuzu is famous for producing commercial vehicles and diesel engine
Diesel engine
A diesel engine is an internal combustion engine that uses the heat of compression to initiate ignition to burn the fuel, which is injected into the combustion chamber...

s. By 2009, Isuzu had produced over 21 million diesel engines, which can be found in vehicles all over the world. Isuzu diesel engines are used by Renault
Renault
Renault S.A. is a French automaker producing cars, vans, and in the past, autorail vehicles, trucks, tractors, vans and also buses/coaches. Its alliance with Nissan makes it the world's third largest automaker...

, Opel
Opel
Adam Opel AG, generally shortened to Opel, is a German automobile company founded by Adam Opel in 1862. Opel has been building automobiles since 1899, and became an Aktiengesellschaft in 1929...

 and General Motors
General Motors
General Motors Company , commonly known as GM, formerly incorporated as General Motors Corporation, is an American multinational automotive corporation headquartered in Detroit, Michigan and the world's second-largest automaker in 2010...

.

In most of Asia
Asia
Asia is the world's largest and most populous continent, located primarily in the eastern and northern hemispheres. It covers 8.7% of the Earth's total surface area and with approximately 3.879 billion people, it hosts 60% of the world's current human population...

, Africa
Africa
Africa is the world's second largest and second most populous continent, after Asia. At about 30.2 million km² including adjacent islands, it covers 6% of the Earth's total surface area and 20.4% of the total land area...

, and Europe
Europe
Europe is, by convention, one of the world's seven continents. Comprising the westernmost peninsula of Eurasia, Europe is generally 'divided' from Asia to its east by the watershed divides of the Ural and Caucasus Mountains, the Ural River, the Caspian and Black Seas, and the waterways connecting...

, Isuzu is mostly known for trucks of all sizes, after Isuzu small automobile sales drastically plummeted and Isuzu had to drop all sales of sedans and compact cars in the late 1990s. In 2009, Isuzu abandoned the United States
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

 consumer market due to lack of sales. Isuzu as a corporation has always been primarily a manufacturer of small to medium compact automobiles and commercial trucks of sizes medium duty and larger, but markets around the world show different needs.

Isuzu Motors America discontinued the sale of passenger vehicles in the United States
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

 effective January 31, 2009. The company explained to its dealers that it had not been able to secure replacements for the Isuzu Ascender
Isuzu Ascender
The Isuzu Ascender was a mid-size/full-size SUV built by General Motors for Isuzu. Introduced for the 2003 model year, the 7-passenger Ascender was a re-badged GMC Envoy. It replaced the Japanese built mid-size Isuzu Trooper. A shorter 5-passenger model was made available for the 2005 model year...

 and Isuzu i-Series
Isuzu i-Series
The Isuzu i-Series mid-size pickup truck line was launched at the 2005 New York International Auto Show. The i-Series replaces the Isuzu Hombre, which has been out of production since 2000....

 that would be commercially viable. Isuzu sold 7,098 cars in the year 2007. This action did not affect Isuzu's commercial vehicle or industrial diesel engine operations in the United States. Isuzu has a contract with Budget Truck Rental
Budget Truck Rental
Budget Truck Rental, LLC is the second largest truck rental company in the continental United States of America with around 2,800 businesses and 32,000 trucks across the country...

 to manufacture their rental trucks, shared with Ford
Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company is an American multinational automaker based in Dearborn, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. The automaker was founded by Henry Ford and incorporated on June 16, 1903. In addition to the Ford and Lincoln brands, Ford also owns a small stake in Mazda in Japan and Aston Martin in the UK...

, GMC
GMC (General Motors division)
GMC is a manufacturer of trucks, vans, military vehicles, and SUVs marketed in North America and the Middle East by General Motors Company. In January 2007, GMC was GM's second-largest-selling North American vehicle division after Chevrolet, ahead of Pontiac....

, and Navistar International
Navistar International
Navistar International Corporation is a United States-based holding company that owns the manufacturer of International brand commercial trucks, MaxxForce brand diesel engines, IC Bus school and commercial buses, Workhorse brand chassis for motor homes and step vans, and is a private label...

.

On November 7, 2006, Toyota acquired 5.9% of Isuzu, making them the third largest shareholder behind ITOCHU
ITOCHU
, until 1992 "C. Itoh" in English, is a Japanese general trading concern based in Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka and Aoyama, Minato, Tokyo. It has a common origin with Marubeni Corporation. Itochu is a Fortune 500 company.-History:...

 and Mitsubishi Corporation
Mitsubishi Corporation
is Japan's largest trading company , a member of the Mitsubishi keiretsu. Mitsubishi Corporation employs over 50,000 people and has seven business segments including finance, banking, energy, machinery, chemicals, food and more....

.

History

  • 1916 - Tokyo Ishikawajima
    Ishikawajima
    Ishikawajima could refer to:*IHI Corporation, formerly known as Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries*Ishikawajima Aircraft Company Limited*Ishikawajima Ne-20, Japan's first turbojet engine...

     Shipbuilding and Engineering Co., Ltd. and Tokyo Gas and Electric Industrial Co. cooperatively plan to build automobiles.
  • 1918 - A technical cooperation with Wolseley auto motor Company
    Wolseley Motor Company
    The Wolseley Motor Company was a British automobile manufacturer founded in 1901. After 1935 it was incorporated into larger companies but the Wolseley name remained as an upmarket marque until 1975.-History:...

     is initiated. In 1922 the first Wolseley model A-9 car is domestically produced. The CP truck
    Truck
    A truck or lorry is a motor vehicle designed to transport cargo. Trucks vary greatly in size, power, and configuration, with the smallest being mechanically similar to an automobile...

     follows two years later.
  • 1933 - Ishikawajima Automotive Works merges with Dot Automobile Manufacturing Inc. and changes its name to Automobile Industries Co., Ltd.
  • 1934 - A meeting with the Ministry of Trade and Industry results in the renaming of the truck to Isuzu, after the Isuzu River
    Isuzu River
    The is a river that has both its source and its mouth in the city of Ise, Mie Prefecture, Japan. The river is notable because it flows through Ise Grand Shrine and, due to its strong association with the Shrine, many songs and poems have been written about it throughout history...

    . The word translated into English means "fifty bells".
  • 1937 - A new company, Tokyo Automobile Industries Co., Ltd. is established, basing on Automobile Industries, with capital of one million yen.
  • 1949 - Isuzu is adopted as the company name ISUZU.
  • 1953 - With technical assistance of Rootes Group the Hillman Minx
    Hillman Minx
    The Hillman Minx was a series of middle-sized family cars produced under the Hillman marque by the Rootes Group between 1932 and 1970...

     passenger car is produced.
  • 1971 - A capital agreement with General Motors is signed.
  • 1972 - The Chevrolet LUV
    Chevrolet LUV
    The Chevrolet LUV is a pickup truck marketed in the Americas since 1972 by Chevrolet, a division of General Motors . All generations of the LUV pickup have been Japanese Isuzu designs...

     becomes the first Isuzu-built vehicle to be sold in the United States. A decade later, it is replaced by a domestic vehicle, the Chevrolet S-10
    Chevrolet S-10
    The first compact pickup from General Motors was the rebadged Isuzu KB sold since 1972 as the Chevrolet LUV. The 1973 Arab oil embargo forced GM to consider designing a domestically-produced compact pickup truck. As usual, parts from other GM chassis lines were incorporated. The first S-series...

    .
  • 1973 - Isuzu introduces the Gemini
    Isuzu Gemini
    General Motors sought a replacement for their world car T-body Kadett / Gemini, and this time, instead of building one design on several continents, they decided to build a world car in one location and export it to several continents...

    , which is co-produced with General Motors. It is sold in the United States as Buick
    Buick
    Buick is a premium brand of General Motors . Buick models are sold in the United States, Canada, Mexico, China, Taiwan, and Israel, with China being its largest market. Buick holds the distinction as the oldest active American make...

    's Opel by Isuzu, and in Australia as the Holden Gemini.
  • 1981 - Isuzu-branded consumer and commercial vehicles are successfully exported to the United States. The Isuzu P'Up
    Isuzu P'up
    The Isuzu Faster is the Japanese market name for a series of pick-up trucks that were built by Isuzu between 1972 and 2002. Available over three generations, production of the series ended in late 2002, with the start of production of the Isuzu D-Max, which has replaced the Faster worldwide,...

     is the first model sold to consumers as an Isuzu, instead of a Chevrolet
    Chevrolet
    Chevrolet , also known as Chevy , is a brand of vehicle produced by General Motors Company . Founded by Louis Chevrolet and ousted GM founder William C. Durant on November 3, 1911, General Motors acquired Chevrolet in 1918...

     or Buick.
  • 1987 - SIA (Subaru-Isuzu Automotive) is established as a joint venture with Fuji Heavy Industries (parent company of Subaru
    Subaru
    ; is the automobile manufacturing division of Japanese transportation conglomerate Fuji Heavy Industries .Subaru is internationally known for their use of the boxer engine layout popularized in cars by the Volkswagen Beetle and Porsche 911, in most of their vehicles above 1500 cc as well as...

    ). Shortly thereafter, the Lafayette, Indiana
    Lafayette, Indiana
    Lafayette is a city in and the county seat of Tippecanoe County, Indiana, United States, northwest of Indianapolis. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 67,140. West Lafayette, on the other side of the Wabash River, is home to Purdue University, which has a large impact on...

     plant becomes operational.
  • 1993 - Isuzu ceases to export the Stylus (Geo Spectrum), its last cars in America, after ending the Impulse (Geo Storm
    Geo Storm
    The Geo Storm was a sport compact car manufactured by Isuzu and sold in the United States by General Motors from 1990 through 1993 as part of GM's Geo line of inexpensive automobiles. The same vehicles, with minor variations, were sold in Canada in the 1992 & 1993 model years only. The Storm was...

    ) the year before.
  • 1994 - Isuzu announces new vehicle exchange program with Honda
    Honda
    is a Japanese public multinational corporation primarily known as a manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles.Honda has been the world's largest motorcycle manufacturer since 1959, as well as the world's largest manufacturer of internal combustion engines measured by volume, producing more than...

    , providing Honda with the Isuzu Rodeo (to be sold as the Honda Passport
    Honda Passport
    The Honda Passport was a compact SUV produced by Isuzu, released in 1994, as Honda's first entry in the truck market for the United States. Built and designed solely by Isuzu, who sold it as the Rodeo, it was seen as a "quick fix" entry into the growing SUV market in the United States...

    ) and Isuzu Trooper
    Isuzu Trooper
    The Isuzu Trooper was a mid-size SUV produced by the Japanese automaker Isuzu between 1981 and 2005. It was exported worldwide as the Isuzu Bighorn, Isuzu Trooper, Isuzu Trooper II , Caribe 442, Acura SLX, Chevrolet Trooper, Subaru Bighorn, Honda Horizon, Opel/Vauxhall Monterey, Holden Jackaroo,...

     (to be sold as the Acura SLX) and providing Isuzu with the Honda Odyssey
    Honda Odyssey (North America)
    The Honda Odyssey is a minivan manufactured by Japanese automaker Honda since 1994.The Odyssey had originally been conceived and engineered in Japan, in the wake of country's economic crisis of the 1990s – which in turn imposed severe constraints on the vehicle's size and overall concept,...

     (to be sold as the Isuzu Oasis). This has the effect of adding two SUVs to Honda's lineup and a minivan to Isuzu's lineup.
  • 1996 - Isuzu's sales peak in the United States. The Isuzu Hombre
    Isuzu Hombre
    The Isuzu Hombre was Isuzu's pickup introduced in 1996 as a rebadged Chevrolet S-10/GMC Sonoma. It replaced the Indiana-built Isuzu Pick Up. The most important difference between the two is in equipment — while the S-10/Sonoma boasted an extensive array of optional equipment, the Hombre was...

     pickup was introduced.
  • 1998 - General Motors and Isuzu form DMAX, a joint venture to produce diesel engine
    Diesel engine
    A diesel engine is an internal combustion engine that uses the heat of compression to initiate ignition to burn the fuel, which is injected into the combustion chamber...

    s. Isuzu resurrects the beloved Amigo. The uniquely styled VehiCROSS
    Isuzu VehiCROSS
    The Isuzu VehiCROSS is a compact SUV from Isuzu. Produced from 1997 through 2001 , it shares much of its components with the Trooper, including both its 3.2 L and 3.5 L V6 engine that produces at 5400 rpm and at 3000 rpm of torque...

     concept is unveiled.
  • 1999 - GM raises its stake in Isuzu to 49%, effectively gaining control of the company. GM quickly follows this up with the appointment of an American GM executive to head Isuzu's North American Operations. This is the first time a non-Japanese executive has ever held such a high position at Isuzu. The U.S. introduction of the production version of the heralded VehiCROSS is met with mixed reviews, as its high pricetag, unique styling and two-door configuration don't seem to meet with market demands.
  • 2000 - Concept convertible version of the VehiCROSS appears in the movie Mission to Mars
    Mission to Mars
    Mission to Mars is a 2000 science fiction film directed by Brian De Palma from an original screenplay written by Jim Thomas, John Thomas, and Graham Yost. The film's story details a fictional portrayal of a manned Mars exploration mission gone awry in the year 2020...

    .
  • 2001 - Joe Isuzu
    Joe Isuzu
    Joe Isuzu was a fictional spokesman used in a series of television advertisements for Isuzu cars and trucks. Created by the ad agency Della Femina, Travisano, and Partners, the segments aired on American television in 1986-90, reaching their zenith in 1987 after the character was featured during...

    , the immensely popular pitchman with implausible claims, is hired once again to promote the new Axiom
    Isuzu Axiom
    The Isuzu Axiom is an SUV designed in Japan using a "knife blade" theme for its car-like styling. Built in Lafayette, Indiana, U.S. at the Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. plant on the Rodeo platform. It jointly replaced the Trooper, but was itself replaced by the Isuzu Ascender for the 2005...

    . Isuzu sales begin to slide due to the aging of the Rodeo and Trooper
    Isuzu Trooper
    The Isuzu Trooper was a mid-size SUV produced by the Japanese automaker Isuzu between 1981 and 2005. It was exported worldwide as the Isuzu Bighorn, Isuzu Trooper, Isuzu Trooper II , Caribe 442, Acura SLX, Chevrolet Trooper, Subaru Bighorn, Honda Horizon, Opel/Vauxhall Monterey, Holden Jackaroo,...

    , and poor management & lack of assistance from GM. Isuzu changes the name of the 2-door Amigo convertible to Rodeo Sport in an attempt to associate it with the better selling 4-door Rodeo. Movie Spy kids
    Spy Kids
    The Spy Kids series is a series of family action adventure films written, produced and directed by Robert Rodriguez. The main plot follows the adventures of two Cortez children who become involved in their parents' espionage. The rest of their family are spies as well, including their estranged...

     features Isuzu Axiom and Trooper.
  • Early 2002 - Fuji Heavy Industries (Subaru's parent company) buys Isuzu's share of Lafayette, Indiana plant. Subaru Isuzu Automotive (SIA) becomes Subaru of Indiana Automotive. After 8 years of heavy Honda Passport sales and light Isuzu Oasis sales, Honda and Isuzu cooperatively end their vehicle exchange agreement. The Oasis is dropped, and Honda replaces the Passport with the Pilot. Also, it was Isuzu's last year for passenger vehicles in Canada
    Canada
    Canada is a North American country consisting of ten provinces and three territories. Located in the northern part of the continent, it extends from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west, and northward into the Arctic Ocean...

    , as Isuzus in Canada were mostly sold at Saturn-Saab
    Saab Automobile
    Saab Automobile AB, better known as Saab , is a Swedish car manufacturer owned by Dutch automobile manufacturer Swedish Automobile NV, formerly Spyker Cars NV. It is the exclusive automobile Royal Warrant holder as appointed by the King of Sweden...

     dealerships.
  • Late 2002 - Isuzu begins the re-purchase of its stock from shareholders, primarily General Motors. Isuzu reduces GM's 49% share to 12% as part of this comprehensive recapitalization plan. As part of this reorganization, GM gains full control of DMAX and Isuzu Motors Polska
    Isuzu Motors Polska
    Isuzu Motors Polska is an automobile engine manufacturer in Poland. It was opened in 1997 by Isuzu as an alternate production site for the Circle L engine, also produced in the United States at the DMAX joint venture. However, Isuzu's financial troubles caused General Motors to take control in...

    , as well as ownership of all diesel engine designs from Isuzu. Isuzu drops the venerable Trooper from the North American lineup.
  • 2003 - The Rodeo Sport is discontinued.
  • July 2004 - Production of the Rodeo and Axiom cease. Sales in North America slow to just 27,188, with the discontinued Rodeo and Axiom making up 71% of that total. The number of Isuzu dealerships in the U.S. begins a rapid decline.
  • 2005 - Isuzu dealers in the United States have only 2 models: the Ascender and the i-series pickup truck. The i-series is a rebadged Chevrolet Colorado, the Ascender is a re-badged GMC Envoy. At this point, Isuzu in the United States is primarily a distributor of medium duty trucks such as the NPR series. These vehicles are sourced both from Japan and U.S. plants in Janesville, Wisconsin and Flint, Michigan. Isuzu has 290 light-vehicle dealers in the U.S. as of August 2006, and sells an average of just two Ascenders per dealer per month. Plans to introduce a new Thai-built SUV
    Sport utility vehicle
    A sport utility vehicle is a generic marketing term for a vehicle similar to a station wagon, but built on a light-truck chassis. It is usually equipped with four-wheel drive for on- or off-road ability, and with some pretension or ability to be used as an off-road vehicle. Not all four-wheel...

    , expected to be added for 2007, are shelved; Isuzu Motors Limited believes that a new SUV would be too risky and proceeds with the launch of the i-series trucks. Rumors of Isuzu's withdrawal from the U.S. market are rampant. Despite extremely low sales figures of 12,177 passenger vehicles for 2005 (with leftover Axiom and Rodeos making up 30% of this), Isuzu Motors America announces its first profit in years, mainly due to restructuring cuts.
  • 2006 - Production of the 7-passenger Ascender ends in February with the closure of GM's Oklahoma City Assembly
    Oklahoma City Assembly
    Oklahoma City Assembly was a General Motors automobile factory in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Construction on the plant started in 1974, and it opened in 1979 to produce the X-body cars. The company spent $700,000,000 to convert the plant from building the Chevrolet Malibu car to building the GMT360...

     plant, leaving Isuzu with the 5-passenger Ascender, built in Moraine, Ohio
    Moraine, Ohio
    Moraine is a city in Montgomery County, Ohio, United States. The population was 6,307 at the 2010 census. The city is part of the The Dayton Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Montgomery county. Moraine, as part of the Dayton area, is situated within the Miami Valley region of Ohio, just...

     and the low-selling i-Series as its only retail products. The company sold just 1,504 vehicles in North America in the first two months of 2006. Isuzu finally purchases its remaining shares from GM, but claims the companies will continue their current relationship. There is no word as of April 12, 2006 on the effect this will have on DMAX operations.
  • June 2006 - Isuzu and GM Agree to establish Joint Venture called "LCV Platform Engineering Corporation (LPEC)" to develop a new pickup. Isuzu says it will use its engineering expertise to develop the pickup and GM will develop derivatives based on the integrated platform.
  • November 2006 - Toyota purchases 5.9% of Isuzu and the two companies agree to study possible business collaboration focusing on the areas of R&D and production of diesel engines, related emissions-control, and other environmental technologies.
  • January 2007 - Isuzu, along with General Motors Companies, release an update to the LCV range, with a 3.0 litre common rail diesel motor, with far more torque and power to its predecessor
  • August 2007 - Isuzu and Toyota agree to develop a 1.6-liter diesel engine for use in Toyota vehicles sold in European markets. Details of development, production and supply of the diesel engine, are still under discussion, but in principle, Isuzu will play the leading role. Production is scheduled to begin around 2012.
  • January 30, 2008 - Isuzu announces complete withdrawal from the US market, effective January 31, 2009. It will continue to provide support and parts. The decision was due to lack of sales. http://www.leftlanenews.com/isuzu-to-leave-us-market.html Some of the lack of sales have been blamed on consumer experiences with low quality engines and service. http://www.consumeraffairs.com/automotive/isuzu_engine.html Isuzu had been experiencing a slow decline since the late 1990s. In less than 10 years, they had gone from selling a complete line of cars, trucks, and SUVs, into being a specialized SUV maker, and finally selling only a pair of rebadged, General Motors Trucks. They will continue to sell commercial vehicles in the U.S.
  • December 17, 2008 - Isuzu, Toyota shelve development of clean diesel engine.
  • January 29, 2009 - Isuzu and General Motors announce that they are in talks to transfer the operation of the medium-duty truck production line in Flint, Michigan
    Flint, Michigan
    Flint is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and is located along the Flint River, northwest of Detroit. The U.S. Census Bureau reports the 2010 population to be placed at 102,434, making Flint the seventh largest city in Michigan. It is the county seat of Genesee County which lies in the...

     to Isuzu for a five-year period. In June, however, GM announced that these talks failed to reach an agreement, and GM ceased production of the Chevrolet Kodiak
    Chevrolet Kodiak
    Beginning with the 2003 model year, US-market models moved to a new platform with a more spacious cab based on the GM full-size vans. The 4500 and 5500 trucks had the option for Four-wheel drive. These trucks featured solid front axles, on both 4x2 and 4x4, instead of independent front suspension...

     and GMC Topkick vehicles on July 31, 2009.
  • July 26, 2011- The United Kingdom branch appears on Channel 4's Undercover Boss
    Undercover Boss
    Undercover Boss is a television franchise series that has been released in multiple countries, originating in 2009 on the British Channel 4...

     as managing director Nicky Clarke attempts to discover why turnover is low. She discovered that staff did not know the breakdown procedures and protocol, that many trucks were dirty at showrooms but she did find that many loyal and reliable people were working for Isuzu.

Important car, bus and light truck models

Passenger vehicle and SUVs

  • 1963–1973, Bellett
    Isuzu Bellett
    -Video games:The 1969 Bellett GT-R is a playable car in the Polyphony Digital video game Gran Turismo 4 for the PlayStation 2. In simulation mode, it is available as a used car only and comes in three colors: white, gold and orange.It can also be played in the Polyphony Digital video game Gran...

     sedan (PR20) and 2 door GT (PR90 & PR91)
  • 1967-1983, Isuzu Florian
    Isuzu Florian
    The Isuzu Florian was an intermediate car manufactured by Isuzu Motors Ltd. in Japan from 1967 to 1983. The Florian's body remained essentially the same through its unusually long life cycle, being afforded only two moderate facelifts...

  • 1968-1981, 117 Coupe
    Isuzu 117 Coupe
    The Isuzu 117 Coupé was a mid-sized Gran Turismo type 2-door fastback coupe manufactured by Isuzu Motors Ltd. in Japan from 1968 to 1981. The 117 was a codename for a common development program of Isuzu mid-size cars, involving a coupé, sedan and station wagon...

  • 1974–2000, Gemini
    Isuzu Gemini
    General Motors sought a replacement for their world car T-body Kadett / Gemini, and this time, instead of building one design on several continents, they decided to build a world car in one location and export it to several continents...

    /I-Mark/Stylus sedan
  • 1983–1992, Piazza/Impulse
    Isuzu Impulse
    The Isuzu Piazza is a small sporty 3-door liftback coupé that was manufactured by Isuzu from 1981 to 1992 in two generations...

    /Storm
    Geo Storm
    The Geo Storm was a sport compact car manufactured by Isuzu and sold in the United States by General Motors from 1990 through 1993 as part of GM's Geo line of inexpensive automobiles. The same vehicles, with minor variations, were sold in Canada in the 1992 & 1993 model years only. The Storm was...

     hatchback
    Hatchback
    A Hatchback is a car body style incorporating a shared passenger and cargo volume, with rearmost accessibility via a rear third or fifth door, typically a top-hinged liftgate—and features such as fold-down rear seats to enable flexibility within the shared passenger/cargo volume. As a two-box...

  • 1983–2002, Aska
    Isuzu Aska
    The original Aska was developed as a part of GM's J-car program and was a welcome replacement for Isuzu's sorely dated Florian. Contrary to fellow J-cars from other GM divisions, the Aska only came in one body style, a 4-door sedan...

     sedan
  • 1983–2002, Trooper
    Isuzu Trooper
    The Isuzu Trooper was a mid-size SUV produced by the Japanese automaker Isuzu between 1981 and 2005. It was exported worldwide as the Isuzu Bighorn, Isuzu Trooper, Isuzu Trooper II , Caribe 442, Acura SLX, Chevrolet Trooper, Subaru Bighorn, Honda Horizon, Opel/Vauxhall Monterey, Holden Jackaroo,...

     midsize SUV
  • 1983–1995, Isuzu P'up
    Isuzu P'up
    The Isuzu Faster is the Japanese market name for a series of pick-up trucks that were built by Isuzu between 1972 and 2002. Available over three generations, production of the series ended in late 2002, with the start of production of the Isuzu D-Max, which has replaced the Faster worldwide,...

     and TF models Japan built from 1987–1991, US built 1991-1995
  • 1989-1994, Amigo compact SUV (First generation)
  • 1991–2004, Rodeo mid-size SUV
  • 1991–present, Panther
    Isuzu Panther
    The Isuzu Panther is a multi-purpose vehicle and pickup truck manufactured in Indonesia for the Asian market by Isuzu Motors. The model is suited to carrying large loads of passengers or cargo. It was developed to meet local conditions in terms of climate, roads and family structure as a durable...

    , a van sold in Indonesia
    Indonesia
    Indonesia , officially the Republic of Indonesia , is a country in Southeast Asia and Oceania. Indonesia is an archipelago comprising approximately 13,000 islands. It has 33 provinces with over 238 million people, and is the world's fourth most populous country. Indonesia is a republic, with an...

    , sold as the Isuzu Hi-Lander / Crosswind in the Philippines
    Philippines
    The Philippines , officially known as the Republic of the Philippines , is a country in Southeast Asia in the western Pacific Ocean. To its north across the Luzon Strait lies Taiwan. West across the South China Sea sits Vietnam...

    , also sold throughout the ASEAN, and in India
    India
    India , officially the Republic of India , is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by geographical area, the second-most populous country with over 1.2 billion people, and the most populous democracy in the world...

     as the Chevrolet Tavera
    Chevrolet Tavera
    The Chevrolet Tavera is a compact MPV produced in Indonesia by Japanese automaker Isuzu Motors and in India by American automaker General Motors sold in ASEAN and Indian markets. It uses the platform of the Isuzu Panther, a diesel-powered multi-purpose vehicle sold in Indonesia...

  • 1996-1999, Isuzu Oasis
    Isuzu Oasis
    The Isuzu Oasis was a minivan produced as result of an agreement between Isuzu and Honda from 1996 to 1999. It was the only minivan sold by Isuzu....

     minivan
    Minivan
    Minivan is a type of van designed for personal use. Minivans are typically either two-box or one box designs for maximum interior volume – and are taller than a sedan, hatchback, or a station wagon....

    , a rebadged Honda Odyssey
    Honda Odyssey (North America)
    The Honda Odyssey is a minivan manufactured by Japanese automaker Honda since 1994.The Odyssey had originally been conceived and engineered in Japan, in the wake of country's economic crisis of the 1990s – which in turn imposed severe constraints on the vehicle's size and overall concept,...

  • 1996–2000, Isuzu Hombre
    Isuzu Hombre
    The Isuzu Hombre was Isuzu's pickup introduced in 1996 as a rebadged Chevrolet S-10/GMC Sonoma. It replaced the Indiana-built Isuzu Pick Up. The most important difference between the two is in equipment — while the S-10/Sonoma boasted an extensive array of optional equipment, the Hombre was...

     pickup truck
    Pickup truck
    A pickup truck is a light motor vehicle with an open-top rear cargo area .-Definition:...

    , a rebadged Chevrolet S10
  • 1998-2003, Amigo/Rodeo Sport compact SUV (Second generation)
  • 1999–2001, VehiCROSS
    Isuzu VehiCROSS
    The Isuzu VehiCROSS is a compact SUV from Isuzu. Produced from 1997 through 2001 , it shares much of its components with the Trooper, including both its 3.2 L and 3.5 L V6 engine that produces at 5400 rpm and at 3000 rpm of torque...

     halo SUV
    Sport utility vehicle
    A sport utility vehicle is a generic marketing term for a vehicle similar to a station wagon, but built on a light-truck chassis. It is usually equipped with four-wheel drive for on- or off-road ability, and with some pretension or ability to be used as an off-road vehicle. Not all four-wheel...

  • 2001–2004, Axiom
    Isuzu Axiom
    The Isuzu Axiom is an SUV designed in Japan using a "knife blade" theme for its car-like styling. Built in Lafayette, Indiana, U.S. at the Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. plant on the Rodeo platform. It jointly replaced the Trooper, but was itself replaced by the Isuzu Ascender for the 2005...

     midsize SUV
  • 2002–2008, Ascender
    Isuzu Ascender
    The Isuzu Ascender was a mid-size/full-size SUV built by General Motors for Isuzu. Introduced for the 2003 model year, the 7-passenger Ascender was a re-badged GMC Envoy. It replaced the Japanese built mid-size Isuzu Trooper. A shorter 5-passenger model was made available for the 2005 model year...

     midsize SUV, a rebadged GMC Envoy
    GMC Envoy
    The GMC Envoy is an SUV from the GMC marque of General Motors. It was introduced as a high-end version of the Jimmy for the 1998 model year, the same year the Jimmy was restyled...

  • 2002–present, D-Max
    Isuzu D-Max
    Isuzu D-Max is a pickup truck made by Isuzu. It shares the same platform with several General Motors mid-size trucks in the United States. These being the Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon and Isuzu i-Series. The Chevrolet Colorado name is also applied to a rebadged version of the D-Max in the Middle...

     Pickup Truck, a top selling diesel sold in the majority of Isuzu markets (excluding North America)
  • 2006–present, i-280/i-350
    Isuzu i-Series
    The Isuzu i-Series mid-size pickup truck line was launched at the 2005 New York International Auto Show. The i-Series replaces the Isuzu Hombre, which has been out of production since 2000....

     pickup truck (a product of the co-developed D-Max platform Isuzu sells overseas) now sold as the I-290/I-370

Commercial vehicles

  • Elf
    Isuzu Elf
    The is a light duty truck produced by Isuzu. Outside Japan it is known as N-series.The range was primarily available in Japan, Hong Kong and some other Asian countries, and since the late 1980s, also in the United States, Chile, Colombia , and Peru The is a light duty truck produced by Isuzu....

     - Light Duty Truck (N-Series)
  • Forward
    Isuzu Forward
    The Isuzu Forward & Isuzu F-Series is a line of medium-duty commercial vehicles built by Isuzu. All F-series trucks are cab over designs and the cabin comes fully built from the factory. Most models come with a diesel engine; but, some markets get CNG derivatives as well...

     - Medium Duty Truck (F-Series)
  • Giga
    Isuzu Giga
    The Isuzu Giga & Isuzu C/E-Series Mark II is a line of heavy-duty commercial vehicle by Isuzu. The range was primarily available in other big-size trucks...

     - Heavy Duty Truck (C-Series, E-Series)
  • Gala
    Isuzu Gala
    - First generation :*KC-LV780/781/782 **Equipped with driver's airbag in 1997.*KL-LV774/780/781 *Guangzhou Gala- Second generation :The Isuzu Gala second generation is a rebadged Hino S'elega.*ADG-RU1E/8J...

     - Heavy Duty Bus
  • Gala Mio
    Isuzu Gala Mio
    The Isuzu Gala Mio is a medium-duty bus built by Isuzu. The range was primarily available as tourist coach.-Second generation:The second generation Gala Mio is a rebadged Hino Melpha.* PB-RR7JJAJ * BDG-RR7JJBJ...

     - Medium Duty Bus
  • Erga
    Isuzu Erga
    The Isuzu Erga is a heavy-duty bus built by Isuzu. The range was primarily available as city bus.- Models :Non-step , One-step and Two-step*KL-LV280L1/N1/Q1 - 8PE1 engine *KK/KL-LT233J2 - 6HH1 engine...

     - Low Deck Heavy Duty Bus
  • Erga-J - Heavy Duty Bus
  • Erga Mio
    Isuzu Erga Mio
    The Isuzu Erga Mio is a medium-duty bus built by Isuzu. The range was primarily available as city bus.- External links :...

     - Low Deck Medium Duty Bus
  • Journey
    Isuzu Journey
    The Isuzu Erga Journey is a minibus built by Isuzu. The range was primarily available as city bus and tourist coach.- Models :The Isuzu Journey W40 and W41 are rebadged Nissan Civilian.*BL/BE Series *W40 Series...

     - Light Duty Bus
  • Journey-J - Medium Duty Bus
  • H-Series - Heavy Duty Truck in United States
    United States
    The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

     only (Rebadged from GMC Topkick and Chevrolet Kodiak
    Chevrolet Kodiak
    Beginning with the 2003 model year, US-market models moved to a new platform with a more spacious cab based on the GM full-size vans. The 4500 and 5500 trucks had the option for Four-wheel drive. These trucks featured solid front axles, on both 4x2 and 4x4, instead of independent front suspension...

    )
  • Reach - commercial van offering over 35 percent better fuel efficiency, assembled by Utilimaster Corporation
    Utilimaster Corporation
    Utilimaster Corporation is the largest producer of walk-in vans , Parcel Delivery Vans and truck bodies. It was founded in 1973 in Wakarusa, Indiana. Previously owned by Holiday Rambler and then Harley-Davidson, it was bought by senior management along with an investment group led by Kirkland...


Race cars

  • 1969 R7, Group 7 racecar
  • 1970 Bellett R6, Group 6
    Group 6 (racing)
    Group 6 was the official designation applied by the FIA to two motor racing classifications, the Prototype-Sports Car category from 1966 to 1971 and the Two-Seater Racing Cars class from 1976 to 1982.-Group 6 Prototype-Sports Cars :...

     racecar

Concept cars

  • 1970 Bellett MX1600
  • 1983 COA
  • 1985 COA-II
  • 1987 COA III, AWD mid engine coupe
  • 1989 Costa
  • 1989 MultiCROSS
  • 1989 4200R
  • 1991 Como, a pickup
    Pick-Up Truck
    "Pick-Up Truck" is a song written and recorded by Belgian acid house musician Praga Khan. It is the third single from Praga's eighth studio album, Soundscraper....

    -style crossover with a Lotus
    Lotus Cars
    Lotus Cars is a British manufacturer of sports and racing cars based at the former site of RAF Hethel, a World War II airfield in Norfolk. The company designs and builds race and production automobiles of light weight and fine handling characteristics...

     Formula One
    Formula One
    Formula One, also known as Formula 1 or F1 and referred to officially as the FIA Formula One World Championship, is the highest class of single seater auto racing sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile . The "formula" designation in the name refers to a set of rules with which...

     engine (the name was later used for the rebadged Nissan Caravan E25 produced from 2001)
  • 1991 Nagisa
  • 1993 XU-1
  • 1993 VehiCROSS
    Isuzu VehiCROSS
    The Isuzu VehiCROSS is a compact SUV from Isuzu. Produced from 1997 through 2001 , it shares much of its components with the Trooper, including both its 3.2 L and 3.5 L V6 engine that produces at 5400 rpm and at 3000 rpm of torque...

  • 1995 Deseo
  • 1995 Aisance
  • 1997 VX-2
  • 1997 Isuzu Zaccar
  • 1999 Isuzu VX-O2
    Isuzu VehiCROSS
    The Isuzu VehiCROSS is a compact SUV from Isuzu. Produced from 1997 through 2001 , it shares much of its components with the Trooper, including both its 3.2 L and 3.5 L V6 engine that produces at 5400 rpm and at 3000 rpm of torque...

  • 1999 Revolutionary Vehicle-KAI
  • 1999 ZXS
  • 2000 Isuzu VX-4
    Isuzu VehiCROSS
    The Isuzu VehiCROSS is a compact SUV from Isuzu. Produced from 1997 through 2001 , it shares much of its components with the Trooper, including both its 3.2 L and 3.5 L V6 engine that produces at 5400 rpm and at 3000 rpm of torque...

  • 2001 Zen
  • 2001 GBX

Buses (Philippines)

  • LV314K
  • LV314L
  • CJM470
  • CJM500
  • LT132
  • LV423
  • LV123
  • PABFTR33PLB
  • FTR33P
  • FTR45
  • PABFVR33P

See also

  • List of automobile manufacturers
  • General Motors Corporation
  • Ghandhara Industries
    Ghandhara Industries
    The Ghandhara Industries Limited is a public limited company quoted on all Stock Exchanges in Pakistan. It was established in Karachi by General Motors Overseas Distribution Corporation, U.S.A.. In 1963, Lt. Gen. M. Habibullah Khan Khattak acquired these facilities from General Motors and renamed...

  • List of Isuzu engines
  • Isuzu Diesel Engine
  • Zexel
    Zexel
    Zexel is a Japanese auto-components manufacturer. It was founded in 1939 as Diesel Kiki Co., Ltd., under a Bosch license, for domestic production of fuel-injection pumps for diesel engines. Originally established with an investment from Isuzu Motors Ltd., , this company was renamed ZEXEL Corp...


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