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).
Isuzu Passenger Cars
Isuzu Hillman Minx (1953-1956)
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)
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)
he 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 Trooper (1981–2002)
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)
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 MU-7 (2004 - present)
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.
Isuzu MU-X (2017 - present)
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.
Isuzu D-Max (2002-present)
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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