Isuzu - Japanese car company, one of the world's largest manufacturer of medium and heavy trucks and buses.
The history of the company began in 1916 when the industrial group Tokyo Ishikawajima Shipbuilding and Engineering Co. was formed, which started to produce cars. The first passenger car modeled on the British "managed" company collected in 1916. Start of assembly of trucks at the company's plant was laid in 1918. The first released model called A-9.
In 1997, a new model - VehiCross, an SUV based on the Trooper, with an engine of 3.2 liters capacity of 215 hp Two years later VehiCross will debut in the US market. At the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1999 he was presented the concept on the basis of VehiCross open body (and a special boot for mountain bike transport), and in 2000 made his debut in Detroit 5-door version.
In 1998, the company located in the crisis turns the production of passenger cars. It produces for car firm Opel Frontera terrain. At the same time, the mass production of the truck Elf CNG, compressed natural gas.
At the same time General Motors increased its stake in Isuzu to 49% and the beginning of the work of office in Poland - Isuzu Motors Polska.
It SUVs (SUV), minivans and delivery van now constitute the basis for the production of Isuzu vehicles total weight up to 3.5 tonnes. This series pickups TFS (4x2) and TFR (4x4). In Europe they are known as Opel Campo and Vauxhall Bravo. For the US and Latin America designed Hombre pickup, essentially a variant Chevrolet S-10. The size and equipment of cabins identical Chevrolet.
In promising mini-vans Isuzu market represented Fargo Filly - analogue of "luxury" Nissan Elgrand. If the first sold in North America, the other - mainly in Japan. A delivery vans and minibuses Fargo Van / Fargo Bus, as well as a new family of Elf UT produce only for the domestic Japanese market and for export are not supplied. Fargo Van model is fully consistent with Nissan Urvan, a richly equipped passenger Fargo Bus differ from this model and light engineering elements of exterior design.
Rounding out the range of commercial vehicles with full weight up to 3.5 t vans, vans, pick-ups and trucks ERV series cabover Elf NHR- / NKR-series. Titled Elf 100 in the United States and Japan are selling Nissan Condor / Atlas trucks.
In 2000, the United States began production of diesel engines by DMAX, Ltd., and the company is General Motors Isuzu Commercial Truck, LLC was founded.
In May 2001, it was announced the new interim business plan Isuzu - V-Plan. Diesel Duramax 6600 was selected as one of the 10 best engines in the opinion of the professional avtoizdaniya Ward's Communications (the same happened in the next, 2002). Instead of V-Plan new three-year business plan was adopted.
Currently Isuzu according to increase the market demand, successfully developed diesel engines with improved environmental parameters. In accordance with the agreement reached between Isuzu and General Motors, Isuzu is actively working on diesel engines, GM group performing in the role of an expert in this field.
Some time ago, Isuzu announced a new line of full-size pickup trucks Isuzu D-MAX, designed with the active participation of the American concern General Motors. This project has representatives of both companies as one of the most important stages for almost 30 years of cooperation between the two automakers. In addition, the success of this new product will determine the fate of the company Isuzu, lately experiencing some financial difficulties. Car production is planned to expand on the GM plant in Thailand, which in the beginning will be the main consumer trends from Isuzu. Incidentally, in this country the company Isuzu plans to completely move out of Japan's production of pickups and SUVs.