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Isuzu Ltd. (いすゞ自動車株式会社 Isuzu Kabushiki-gaisha ) is a Japanese commercial and heavy truck manufacturer headquartered in Tokyo. In 2005, was the world’s largest manufacturer of duty trucks. It has assembly and plants in the Japanese city of as well as in the prefectures Tochigi and

Isuzu is famous for producing vehicles and diesel engines it produced 16 million diesel in 2003 alone, which can be in vehicles all over the world. In to making trucks of all sizes, 1953 to 1993 Isuzu passenger vehicles in close with General Motors.

best known in the United for automobiles and SUVs, Isuzu as a has always been primarily a of commercial trucks of sizes duty and larger.


— Tokyo Ishikawajima and Engineering Co. Ltd. and Tokyo Gas and Industrial Co. cooperatively plan to automobiles.

1918 — A technical with Wolseley Motor (UK) is initiated. In 1922 the Wolseley model A-9 car is domestically The CP truck follows two years

1933 — Ishikawajima Works merges with Dot Manufacturing and changes its name to Industries Co. Ltd.

1934 A meeting with the Ministry of and Industry results in the renaming of the to Isuzu . after the Isuzu .

1949 — Isuzu is as company name .

1953 With technical assistance of (U.K.) the Hillman Minx car is produced.

1971 — A agreement with General is signed.

1972 — The LUV becomes the first Isuzu-built to be sold in the United States. It becomes the Chevrolet S-10. and is with the GMC S-15/Sonoma .

1973 — Isuzu the Gemini, which is co-produced General Motors.

1981 Isuzu-branded consumer and commercial are successfully exported to the United The Isuzu P’up is the first sold to consumers.

1987 The joint venture Subaru Automotive Inc. (SIA) is together with Fuji Industries, owner of Subaru .

— Isuzu stops the Stylus, its last car in America, ending the Impulse the year

1996 — Isuzu’s peak in the United States. Joe is popular pitchman with claims, was also hired for the

1998 — General and Isuzu form DMAX. a venture to produce diesel

1999 — GM raises its in Isuzu to 49%, effectively control of the company.

2001 Isuzu sales begin to as the Rodeo and Trooper age. Spy kids features Isuzu and Trooper.

2002 — Subaru Isuzu’s share of US plant. Isuzu Automotive becomes of Indiana Automotive .

August 14, — General Motors its 49% share in Isuzu to 12% as part of a recapitalization of Isuzu. GM also full control of DMAX and Motors Polska. with losing not just the factories but ownership of all engine designs.

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— Isuzu sales eliminated from the Canadian Canadian dealers mostly Saturn and Saab cars Isuzu cars from the

July 2004 — of the Rodeo and Axiom stopped. sales in North America with just 27,188 sold in all of 2004, with the Rodeo and Axiom making up 71% of total.

2005 — Isuzu in the United States have one model, the Ascender SUV, the 2006 i-Series bringing to two. At this point, in the United States is primarily a of medium duty trucks as the NPR series. These vehicles are both from Japan and plants in Janesville, WI and Flint, MI.

The is a rebadged GM vehicle with cosmetic differences from the GMC /Chevrolet TrailBlazer /Buick /and final version of the Bravada. The i-series trucks are versions of the Chevrolet Colorado Canyon pickup trucks. trucks were jointly by GM’s North American GM do Brasil, and Isuzu; with providing the chassis and GM providing the

Isuzu has 360 dealers in the U.S. and an average of just two Ascenders per per month. Plans to introduce a new SUV. expected to be added for are shelved; American Isuzu that a new SUV would be too risky and with the launch of the i-series Rumors of Isuzu’s withdrawal the U.S. market are rampant.

Despite extremely low sales of 12,177 passenger vehicles for (with leftover Axiom and making up 30% of this), Isuzu America announces its first in years, mainly due to restructuring and continuing robust sales of trucks.

2006 — of the 7-passenger Ascender ends in with the closure of GM’s City Assembly plant, Isuzu with the 5-passenger built in Moraine, Ohio, and the i-Series as its only retail The company sold just vehicles in North America in the two months of 2006. GM sells its shares in Isuzu, but claims the will continue their relationship.

There is no word as of 4/12/2006 on the this will have on USA operations.

Important car, bus and truck models

The Isuzu N, F, and are shared with General although they have Engines.

N-Series cab-over duty truck.

F-Series medium/heavy duty truck.

conventional medium/heavy duty

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