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CarMattZu777
01-31-2005, 11:05 AM
Im at school so I cant really spend alot of time, but new Isuzu pickup coming to US dealers in June 2005. Supposedly the new SUV has hit some stalls though.... Supposedly cancelled.... but this is great news anyway. It also says that they are working towards offering diesels in the US. Unfortunately, sounds like GM is building this and using their crappy engines. Anyway, it shows that Isuzu is not giving up! :)<p>Heres press release (dont know how to qoute it)-<p><A HREF="http://www.PRnewswire.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.PRnewswire.com</A><p> January 31, 2005<p> NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Officials of Isuzu Motors America,<br>Inc. met with their franchised dealers at the National Automobile Dealer<br>Association (NADA) convention here today.<br> J. Terry Maloney, president of Isuzu Motors America, Inc. announced today<br>that the company will be adding the i-Series pickup truck to its line-up of<br>sport utility vehicles for the 2006 model year. The i-Series will come in two<br>versions: the i-280 4X2 Extended Cab, equipped with a 2.8-liter inline four-<br>cylinder gasoline engine with either a manual or an automatic transmission;<br>and the i-350 4X4 Crew Cab, with a 3.5-liter inline five-cylinder gasoline<br>engine and an automatic transmission. Both models will be backed by Isuzu's<br>7-year/75,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and 7-year/75,000-mile roadside<br>assistance plan. Production of these two models is expected to begin in June<br>2005. Pricing has not been announced. Isuzu Motors America currently offers<br>the Ascender sport utility vehicle in both a 5-Passenger version and a<br>7-Passenger version.<br> Isuzu Motors America also announced that, after considerable long-term<br>effort and expenditures, Isuzu Motors Limited (IML) has been unable to develop<br>the RF08 sport-utility vehicle to the point where it would be both competitive<br>and cost effective for the North American market. As a result, IML has<br>decided to not to proceed further with the RF08 project. "Although the<br>discontinuation of this project is disappointing," Maloney said, "I am excited<br>about the introduction of the new i-Series pickup truck. The i-280 and i-350<br>will be introduced one year sooner than the earliest possible introduction of<br>the RF08 and will be far more competitive. I believe that the introduction of<br>the i-280 and i-350 will help to maintain and enlarge the customer base for<br>Isuzu and its dealers in the U.S. market."<br> Isuzu Motors America further announced that IML is engaged in and has<br>devoted resources toward engineering research and development of light duty<br>diesel engines (3.0-liter class) for the North American market. Development<br>of the most advanced diesel engine for the U.S. market would be a significant technological asset for Isuzu. "IML is confident about the future of diesel<br>technology as an environmentally friendly alternative to gas-power," Maloney reported. As a recognized worldwide leader in diesel engine technology, and based on IML's considerable expertise in the area, IML is optimistic that this diesel engine development project will be successfully completed and that IML can extend its leadership in diesel engine products to the North American<br>market in the future.<p> Isuzu Motors America, Inc., is the U.S. distributor of Isuzu sport utility<br>vehicles and diesel engines. For more information call (800) 662-2464 or<p>

Flagship
01-31-2005, 02:17 PM
Not to be offensive but Just what we need another Isuzu/ Pick-up truck <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/bonk.gif" BORDER="0"> .<p>In the U.S some states dont allow new cars to be purchased with diesel engines this will be a problem.... <br>

Ghost_In_The_Machine
01-31-2005, 03:05 PM
I expect these are going to be built in Louisianna.Hence the GM vortec engines.

CarMattZu777
01-31-2005, 03:40 PM
They wont be offered in diesel initially, but I assume Isuzu is saying that they plan on adding that on later. Sucks that they have GM engines though, I want the Isuzu 250 HP DI V6!!! But who knows, maybe I will get this as my first car :)

CarMattZu777
01-31-2005, 03:43 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Flagship GT</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Not to be offensive but Just what we need another Isuzu/ Pick-up truck <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/bonk.gif" BORDER="0"> .<br> <br> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Who needs another Toyota or Honda or Nissan truck? None of those companies were even thoughts when Isuzu built their first pickup in 1908. Isuzu is one of the worlds most experienced truckmakers, and probably the best diesel maker. Anyway, this thread is about the new i-Series truck.

Santeno
01-31-2005, 04:01 PM
flagship does have a point, with CA, NY and MA banning diesels, that eliminates huge potential market for what Isuzu is especially good at. Eliminate the diesels and you just have yet another mid-sized truck in one of the toughest and most loyal market segments in the industry. Add to that the extra appeal that most consumers don't exactly see isuzu as a worthwhile brand, and let's just say that isuzu has a lot of work cut out for them.

zwei Biere bitte
01-31-2005, 04:12 PM
But low-sulfur diesel fuel is coming next year, which should make most diesels avalible in California and the other Northeastern states.

Ghost_In_The_Machine
01-31-2005, 05:08 PM
So far only three Manufacturers have shown the EPA Tier 2 Bin 5 Diesel engines.<p>Toyota,DCX,and VW.<p>The Seven States in Question Require Tier 2 Bin 5 emissions standards. This will be the Standard for all 50 states in 2007.

CarMattZu777
02-01-2005, 08:08 AM
Diesels wont be initially available. <p>The main sign of this is that Isuzu is here to stay. In a news article released today, Isuzu said that it is shifting its focus back to the US market since Isuzu is now making large profits and plans to grow. This is only the first part. This will strengthen dealers and keep them going for new Isuzu product. Another report said that a whole new SUV is under development, unfortunately with GM. But, its good that GM is finally showing some respect to Isuzu, after all Isuzu has gave them. I may even find it in myself not to hate GM one day!

AM2
02-01-2005, 09:26 AM
<I>"Isuzu to get version of GMC Canyon, considering seven-seat SUV<br>AUTOMOTIVE NEWS <br>Posted Date: 2/1/05<br>NEW ORLEANS -- <B>Isuzu dealers will get a version of the GMC Canyon pickup beginning in July</B>, the company told dealers here on Monday.<p>The company also said that U.S. dealers will not get a compact SUV from Thailand that had been expected for the 2007 model year.<p>The 2006 Isuzu pickup will come in two versions, a 4x2 extended cab with a 2.8-liter I4 engine and a 4x4 four-door cab with a 3.5-liter I5.<p>Production numbers and pricing will be announced at the New York auto show in March.<p>Isuzu is not bringing the SUV from Thailand because it will not be profitable, said Terry Maloney, president of Isuzu Motors America Inc.<p>Maloney also told dealers that Isuzu will develop a new diesel engine in the 3-liter class that will be sold in the United States. No date has been set for the diesel."</I><br>-autoweek.<p>So your Isuzu pickup won't use the D-max face but a GMC face with an Isuzu badge/grill?<br>

CarMattZu777
02-01-2005, 12:37 PM
I think it will use the Isuzu face, but not sure. I dont think it would be that hard to change the grille. More details will come in soon probably.

CalinG7
02-01-2005, 03:15 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>CarMattZu777</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Sucks that they have GM engines though, I want the Isuzu 250 HP DI V6!!! But who knows, maybe I will get this as my first car :)</TD></TR></TABLE><p>So.................. you've made it pretty plain in this and other threads how much you hate GM, for all the percieved evil they've precipitated on your favorite brand, Isuzu. But now you're ok with buying a GMC Canyon, complete with GM I4/I5 engines simply because they'll slap an Isuzu grill on it? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/all_coholic.gif" BORDER="0"> They don't say love is blind for nothing, I guess. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/sheep.gif" BORDER="0">

rman5001
02-01-2005, 06:24 PM
For $%#$ sake...don't you just hate it how much GM is helping Isuzu out? <br> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/suave.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/cool.gif" BORDER="0">

Naga Royal Guard
02-01-2005, 09:06 PM
yeah, i agree, GM is donating their wonderful Colorado to Izuzu's cause<p>all we need now is a DMAX-powered Corvette rebadge and the showz on da road

AM2
02-02-2005, 07:54 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>CalinG7</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>So.................. you've made it pretty plain in this and other threads how much you hate GM, for all the percieved evil they've precipitated on your favorite brand, Isuzu. But now you're ok with buying a GMC Canyon, complete with GM I4/I5 engines simply because they'll slap an Isuzu grill on it? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/all_coholic.gif" BORDER="0"> They don't say love is blind for nothing, I guess. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/sheep.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Well, technically the GMC Canyon and Chevy Colorado are based on the chassis and basic body structure of the Isuzu D-max pickup. But the inline 4 and 5 engines are GM's own. <p>Without GM, where would Isuzu be now.

syclone
02-02-2005, 08:57 AM
What is the point of this? Did I miss something, or are the rebadging an already rebadged Isuzu as a different Isuzu?

nismo
02-02-2005, 01:28 PM
I don't get it either. Are we getting the D-MAX with a new name or GMC Canyon (which is D-Max based) with a Isuzu grill.

CarMattZu777
02-02-2005, 05:16 PM
D-MAX with new name built by GM in the US. Isuzu cannot import its own trucks do to the pickup tariff. So GM is building the truck that GM got from Isuzu. Its just that the media, and most of America, do not know the Colorado/Canyon were designed by Isuzu. That was back in late 2001. Since then, the truck has been a hit worldwide, so i'm guessing GM is finally realizing the importance of Isuzu and working to cultivate that. Of course it has alterior motives i'm sure....

ToronadoGT
02-20-2005, 11:54 AM
That's great. I hope Isuzu makes a great comeback in the U.S. But they can't do it with SUVs and trucks alone. They need cars. Lets hope we see a revival of the Impulse! But, lets hope its a real sports car. Compact dimentions, RWD, hi-po V-6, something that you can race a RX-8 with and beat it. And, since GM is helping Isuzu, the Kappa platform would probably be used (although I hate seeing GM w*ore it out to other brands).

Naga Royal Guard
02-24-2005, 09:30 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>CarMattZu777</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">D-MAX with new name built by GM in the US. Isuzu cannot import its own trucks do to the pickup tariff. So GM is building the truck that GM got from Isuzu. Its just that the media, and most of America, do not know the Colorado/Canyon were designed by Isuzu. That was back in late 2001. Since then, the truck has been a hit worldwide, so i'm guessing GM is finally realizing the importance of Isuzu and working to cultivate that. Of course it has alterior motives i'm sure....</TD></TR></TABLE><p>GM didnt "got " nothing from izusu, they PAID for it