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A Pictorial Glance at Isuzu Motor Cars

In 1916, Isuzu Motors' was founded when Tokyo Ishikawajima Shipbuilding and Engineering Co., Ltd. arrange a participation with the Tokyo Gas & Electric Industrial Co. to manufacture vehicles. They took the next step in 1918, when a technical participation with Wolseley Motors Limited is gave them exclusive rights to the creation and sales of Wolseley vehicles in East Asia. In 1922 the first Wolseley model, the A-9 auto, is manufactured. The CP was built two years later; 550 of these are made until 1927. In 1933, Ishikawajima Automotive Works is merged with DAT Automobile Manufacturing Inc. (an antecedent of Datsun) and the name is changed to Automobile Industries Co., Ltd. The vehicles from this organization, were marketed as "Sumiya" and "Chiyoda", were later renamed Isuzu (after the Isuzu River), after a session with the Japanese Government Ministry of Trade and Industry in 1934. The word Isuzu converted into English signifies "fifty ringers"

In 1937 Automobile Industries is reorganized and shaped into a new organization, Tokyo Automobile Industries Co., Ltd. The Isuzu organization name was adopted in 1949. Then, in 1942, Hino Heavy Industries was split from Isuzu, turning into a separate corporation. Truck generation (TX40 and TU60) started over again in 1945, with the authorization of the occupation authorities. Beginning in 1953 the Hillman Minx passenger automobile is manufactured using a license from Rootes Group. The Minx was built until 1962, after the 1961 introduction of the first Isuzu, the Bellel. They were a small company building cars that were too large and expensive for the Japanese market at the time, Isuzu invested some energy searching for a business partner. They were pressured by MITI, who were attempting to limit the quantity of car makers in Japan, a collaboration with Fuji Heavy Industries (Subaru) started in 1966. The Subaru 1000 was even pictured in Isuzu's 1967 annual vehicle brochure, as complement to the larger Isuzu vehicles. which ended by 1968, when they formed an agreement with Mitsubishi. This agreement ended by 1969, and the following year a similarly brief coordinated effort was entered with Nissan. A couple of months later in September 1971, they entered a longer capital agreement with General Motors.

The first result of GM acquiring a 34% interest in Isuzu is seen in 1972, when the Chevrolet LUV is the first Isuzu-built vehicle sold in the United States. To symbolize the fresh start, Isuzu additionally created a new logo for 1974, with two vertical columns which are adapted representations of the main syllable in "Isuzu". In 1974 Isuzu presented the Gemini, co-produced with General Motors as the T-auto. It was marketed in the United States as the Buick Opel and sold in Australia as the Holden Gemini. As a consequence of the cooperation, certain American GM items were sold to Japanese customers in Isuzu dealerships. 264 units of Holden's Statesman were sold with Isuzu badging in Japan in the seventies. Isuzu exports expanded extensively as an aftereffect of having the ability to utilize GM dealer networks, from 0.7% in 1973 to 35.2% by 1976; this while production overall expanded more than fourfold during the same period. Isuzu engines were also utilized by existing GM divisions (some USA-showcase Chevrolet cars featured Isuzu powertrains e.g. the Chevette and early S10/S15 model trucks produced before 1985).

Passenger Cars

Isuzu Hillman Minx Mark VI to Mark VIII - 1953-1956

1953 Isuzu Hillman Minx
1953 Isuzu Hillman Minx

Bellel - 19611967

Bellett - 1963-1973

1963 Isuzu Bellett
1963 Isuzu Bellett

SUV

Trooper - 19812002

1985 Isuzu Trooper
1985 Isuzu Trooper
1990 Isuzu Trooper
1990 Isuzu Trooper
2002 Isuzu Trooper
2002 Isuzu Trooper

Rodeo - 1988 and 2004

1988 Isuzu Rodeo
1988 Isuzu Rodeo
1996 Isuzu Rodeo
1996 Isuzu Rodeo
2003 Isuzu Rodeo Sport
2003 Isuzu Rodeo Sport
2008 Isuzu Rodeo
2008 Isuzu Rodeo

Isuzu MU-7 - D-Max pickup-based wagon with a seven-seat arrangement. 2004 - present

2004 Isuzu MU-7
2004 Isuzu MU-7
2016 Isuzu MU-7
2016 Isuzu MU-7

Pickups

D-Max - 2002-present

Also sold as Chevrolet Colorado, Chevrolet D-Max, Chevrolet LUV D-Max, Holden Colorado, Holden Rodeo, Isuzu KB, Isuzu LB, Isuzu Rodeo, Chevrolet T Series, GMC Canyon

2002 Isuzu Dmax
2002 Isuzu Dmax
2009 Isuzu Dmax
2009 Isuzu Dmax
2016 Isuzu D-Max Fury
2016 Isuzu D-Max Fury

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Isuzu Automobiles Reviewed by Gene Wright on . Rating: 5