We might soon have Isuzu branded SUVs and light commercial vehicles on sale in India.
The company is collaborating with Hindustan Motors to bring their products to India.
HM would import the components from Isuzu and assemble it at their plant for domestic sale.
The two companies said:
The components for producing these vehicles will be imported by Isuzu Motors from Thailand and assembled in the Thiruvallur factory of HML
Isuzu MU7 SUV and DMAX pickup truck are two products that are likely to be selected for the first round of launch.
Reports: GM considering selling midsize-truck operations to Isuzu
Reports in the media are suggesting that US based auto giant GM is considering selling off their midsize-truck operations to Isuzu Motors.
Isuzu has responded in a statement that they have not received any such offer from GM.
The Japanese company added that if they receive any such offer, they would consider in positively.
Incidentally, Isuzu was once an affiliate company of GM. And GM used to provide assistance to this company in the 1970s.
GM has been struggling to remain competitive in the US market for a couple of years now.
Isuzu multi-purpose pick-up vehicle D-Max could come to India
Isuzu has said that they are planning to bring their multi-purpose pick-up vehicle D-Max to the Indian market.
This vehicle could be launched here within the next two years.
A company representative said: “India is a very important market for us. We have plans to launch our successful pick-up truck D-Max here in the next two years but it has lots of strong competitors.”
Isuzu Motors Ltd General Manager (Southwest Asia Group) Tac Shindo added: “We have already showcased the vehicle in the Indian Auto Expo in Delhi earlier this year and the response was overwhelming. So, we intend to bring in D-Max to Indian market. But how? That is being worked out.”
Isuzu Motors to exit US automobile market
Isuzu Motors has revealed that they are going to exit the US automobile market. They are going to discontinue selling their products on Jan. 31, 2009.
This decision was taken after General Motors announced that they are ending the production of the Ascender sport utility vehicle along with i-290 and i-370 pickup trucks.
Terry Maloney, president of Isuzu’s North American operations spoke about this decision: “It has always been our intention to remain in the U.S. market. However, we were unable to secure any commercially viable replacements for these vehicles.”
The company however promises that they would honor all product warranties and roadside assistance programs. They are also going to keep the call centers working.
Their current dealers would have the option to continue working as service dealerships.