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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". Isuzu Corporate Website.

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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).

Isuzu Passenger Cars

Isuzu Hillman Minx (1953-1956)

1953 Isuzu Hillman Minx
1953 Isuzu Hillman Minx
The Hillman Minx was a mid-sized family car that British car maker Hillman produced from 1931 to 1970. There were many versions of the Minx over that period, as well as badge-engineered variants sold by Humber, Singer, and Sunbeam. Mark VI to Mark VIII

Isuzu Bellel (1961–1967)

1961 Isuzu Bellei
1961 Isuzu Bellei
1962 Isuzu Bellei
1962 Isuzu Bellei
The Isuzu Bellel was a compact car produced by the Japanese automobile manufacturer Isuzu from 1961 to 1966. It was the company's first independent design, and also Japan's first passenger car with a diesel engine. It was available as a four-door sedan and a five-door station wagon, called the Bellel Express. The name "Bellel" resulted from combining the English word "bell" with the Roman numeral "L", equalling 50, and thus the name was supposed to represent "fifty Bells" (Isuzu literally means "fifty bells" in Japanese). Production began in time for the 1964 Summer Olympics held in Tokyo in October 1964.

Isuzu Bellett (1963-1973)

1963 Isuzu Bellett
1963 Isuzu Bellett
1970 Isuzu Bellett 1600 GT-R coupe
1970 Isuzu Bellett 1600 GT-R coupe
1973 Isuzu Bellett
1973 Isuzu Bellett
The Isuzu Bellett is a subcompact car produced by the Japanese Automobile manufacturer Isuzu between 1963 and 1973. It was an in-house designed replacement for the Isuzu Hillman Minx, built previously by Isuzu under a license agreement with the Rootes Group. The name "Bellett" was supposedly to represent "a smaller Bellel", a larger car built by the company. "Isuzu" itself means "fifty bells", hence the choice of these names.

Isuzu Florian (1967-1983)

1967 Isuzu Florian
1967 Isuzu Florian
1970 Isuzu Florian
1970 Isuzu Florian
1983 Isuzu Florian
1983 Isuzu Florian
The Isuzu Florian is an intermediate class car manufactured by Isuzu Motors Ltd. in Japan from November 1967 to 1983. The Florian's body remained essentially the same through its unusually long life cycle, being afforded only two moderate facelifts. The Isuzu Florian (Project 117) was originally presented as the Ghia Isuzu 117 Sedan at the 1966 Tokyo Motor Show and shared its complete chassis with the closely related Isuzu 117 Coupé. Originally available only with a 1.6 liter gasoline inline-four engine (1600 Deluxe) producing 84 PS (62 kW) at 5200 rpm, a 1.8 liter version was later added as was a diesel option, first seen in 1977.

Isuzu 117 Coupe (1968-1981)

1968 Isuzu 117 Coupe
1968 Isuzu 117 Coupe
1972 Isuzu 117 Coupe
1972 Isuzu 117 Coupe
1975 Isuzu 117 Coupe
1975 Isuzu 117 Coupe
The Isuzu 117 Coupé is a compact Gran Turismo type 2-door fastback coupé which was produced by the Japanese automobile manufacturer Isuzu between 1968 and 1981. 117 was a codename for a common development program of Isuzu mid-size cars, involving a coupé, sedan and station wagon. The latter two eventually became the Isuzu Florian, but the coupe kept the original name, and both models shared mechanicals, including the complete FR layout chassis with recirculating ball steering.

Isuzu Gemini/I-Mark (1974-2000)

1974 Isuzu Gemini
1974 Isuzu Gemini
1979 Isuzu Gemini
1979 Isuzu Gemini
1981 Isuzu Gemini
1981 Isuzu Gemini
1992 Isuzu Gemini
1992 Isuzu Gemini
The Isuzu Gemini was a subcompact car that was produced by Isuzu from 1974 to 2000. The same basic product was built and/or sold under several other names, sometimes by other General Motors brands, in various markets around the world. While the first generation was of a rear-wheel drive design, later versions were all front-wheel-drive. The last two generations were no more than badge-engineered Honda Domani until the name was retired in 2000.

Isuzu Piazza/Impulse (1981-1993)

1981 Isuzu Piazza
1981 Isuzu Piazza
1987 Isuzu Impulse
1987 Isuzu Impulse
1991 Isuzu Impulse
1991 Isuzu Impulse
1992 Isuzu Impulse
1992 Isuzu Impulse
The Isuzu Piazza is a small, sporty 3-door liftback coupé which was manufactured by Isuzu from 1981 to 1992 in two generations. The Isuzu Piazza was marketed as the Isuzu Impulse in North America and as the Holden Piazza in Australia. The first generation Impulse was a rear-wheel drive car, and in the United Kingdom it was the first widely available Isuzu passenger car. The second generation was available as front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. It was the basis for the Gemini Coupe, or Geo Storm as it was known in the US market. As of 2010, the number of registered Impulses totaled only 2,300, making Impulses very rare. The car was produced in very low numbers, totaling slightly over 13,000 units, with that number including the production of the Isuzu Stylus.

Isuzu Aska (1983-2002)

1999 Isuzu Aska
1999 Isuzu Aska
2000 Isuzu Aska
2000 Isuzu Aska
2001 Isuzu Aska
2001 Isuzu Aska
The Isuzu Aska was a nameplate used by Isuzu Motors Ltd. of Japan to denote their mid-size sedans from 1983 to 2002. Originally, the Aska was a version of GM's J-car produced by Isuzu, but later, after Isuzu pulled out of manufacturing passenger cars, the nameplate was applied to rebadged versions of the Subaru Legacy (1990 to 1993) and Honda Accord (1994 to 2002) sold through Isuzu's Japanese distribution network. The Aska replaced the Isuzu Florian in Isuzu's lineup and was discontinued in 2002 without a replacement, as Isuzu withdrew from the passenger car business completely.

Isuzu SUVs

Isuzu Trooper (1981–2002)

1990 Isuzu Trooper
1990 Isuzu Trooper
2002 Isuzu Trooper
2002 Isuzu Trooper
The Isuzu Trooper is a mid-size SUV that was produced by the Japanese automaker Isuzu between 1981 and 2002 and exported internationally as the Isuzu Trooper II, Caribe 442, Acura SLX, Chevrolet Trooper, Subaru Bighorn, SsangYong Korando Family, Honda Horizon, Opel Monterey, Vauxhall Monterey, Holden Jackaroo, Holden Monterey and HSV Jackaroo. In total, there were two generations of this vehicle: the first, produced between 1981 and 1991; and the second (UBS) produced between 1991 and 2002, with a substantial refresh in 1998. Production ended in 2002.

Isuzu 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
The Isuzu Rodeo is an automotive nameplate that was used by the Japanese automobile manufacturer Isuzu between 1988 and 2004. Isuzu has utilized the "Rodeo" name on two different vehicles—a compact pickup truck sold in Japan—and a midsize SUV offered in North America. Prior to its establishment as a stand-alone model, the "Rodeo" title had previously suffixed four-wheel drive versions of the Japanese market Isuzu Faster (rear-wheel drive) pickup from 1978. These vehicles, titled "Isuzu Faster Rodeo" spanned two generations.

Isuzu VehiCROSS Halo (1997-2001)

1997 Isuzu VehiCROSS
1997 Isuzu VehiCROSS
2001 Isuzu VehiCROSS
2001 Isuzu VehiCROSS
The Isuzu VehiCROSS is a compact SUV from Isuzu. Produced from 1997 through 2001 (Japanese market 1997–1999; US market 1999–2001), it shares many of its components with the Trooper, including both its 3.2 L and 3.5 L V6 engine that produces 215 bhp at 5400 rpm and 230 lb⋅ft at 3000 rpm of torque. The vehicle also features the Torque on Demand (TOD) 4-wheel-drive system produced by BorgWarner. It is a small, sporty 2-door crossover vehicle with aggressive external styling, including short overhangs, an aggressive forward stance, titanium "teeth" in the grille, a black hood-insert, and black plastic cladding over the entire lower half of the vehicle. The US VehiCROSS came equipped with 16" polished wheels in 1999 and 18" chrome wheels during the remainder of production. The Japanese version came equipped with 16" alloys with chrome center caps.

Isuzu Axiom (2002-2004)

2002 Isuzu Axiom
2002 Isuzu Axiom
2004 Isuzu Axiom
2004 Isuzu Axiom
The Isuzu Axiom is a mid-size SUV introduced by Isuzu in 2001 for the 2002 model year. The Axiom is derived from the Isuzu Rodeo and was intended to be Isuzu's response to the popularity of car-based SUVs such as the Toyota Highlander, replacing the Trooper as Isuzu's flagship vehicle in the United States. Exclusively sold in the United States and Costa Rica, the Axiom was built alongside the Rodeo in Lafayette, Indiana at Subaru Isuzu Automotive, Inc.. The peculiar styling and truck-based platform was not well received in the marketplace, and the Axiom was discontinued and replaced by the Chevrolet TrailBlazer-derived Isuzu Ascender in 2004, leading to Isuzu's withdrawal from the manufacture and sale of passenger vehicles in North America in 2009.

Isuzu Ascender (2003-2008)

2003 Isuzu Ascender
2003 Isuzu Ascender
2005 Isuzu Ascender
2005 Isuzu Ascender
2008 Isuzu Ascender
2008 Isuzu Ascender
The Isuzu Ascender is a midsize SUV built by General Motors for Isuzu. The 7-passenger Ascender was introduced for the 2003 model year as a replacement for the Isuzu Trooper. The 5-passenger Ascender was introduced for the 2004 model year as a replacement for the Isuzu Rodeo and the Isuzu Axiom. The Isuzu Ascender was never sold in Canada because Isuzu had withdrawn from the Canadian market in 2002.

Isuzu MU-7 (2004-present)

2004 Isuzu MU-7
2004 Isuzu MU-7
2014 Isuzu MU-7
2014 Isuzu MU-7
2016 Isuzu MU-7
2016 Isuzu MU-7
The Isuzu MU-7 is an Isuzu D-Max pickup-based wagon with a seven-seat arrangement. The MU-7 was released in Thailand during November 2004. as the "Sport Utility Wagon" and received advertising. The MU-7 has the same front fascia as the D-Max, but has a covered rear end instead of a truck bed. It is only available in some countries of Southeast Asia. In the Philippines this model is called the Isuzu Alterra. The short-wheelbase (three-door) version was sold as the Isuzu MU and Honda Jazz in Japan, with the names Isuzu Amigo and later Isuzu Rodeo Sport used in the United States. Throughout continental Europe, the three-door was called Opel Frontera Sport, with the Vauxhall Frontera Sport title used in the United Kingdom, and Holden Frontera Sport in Australasia.

Isuzu MU-X (2017-present)

2017 Isuzu MU-X
2017 Isuzu MU-X
2018 Isuzu MU-X
2018 Isuzu MU-X
2019 Isuzu MU-X
2019 Isuzu MU-X
The Isuzu MU-X is the successor to the Isuzu MU-7. It is a Mid-size SUV, with a seven-seat body on frame. In Thailand this kind of vehicle is called a "PPV", or Pickup Purpose Vehicle, as it is developed from a Pickup truck. The Isuzu D-Max on which the MU-X is based is a collaboration between General Motors and Isuzu and is related with the Chevrolet Trailblazer/Holden Colorado7.

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Isuzu D-Max (2002-present)

2002 Isuzu Dmax
2002 Isuzu Dmax
2009 Isuzu Dmax
2009 Isuzu Dmax
2016 Isuzu D-Max Fury
2016 Isuzu D-Max Fury
2019 Isuzu D-Max
2019 Isuzu D-Max
The Isuzu D-Max is a pickup truck manufactured since 2002 by Isuzu Motors. It shares the same platform with several General Motors (GM) mid-size trucks in the United States such as 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 East and Thailand, although not identical to the American version.

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

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