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You can get this 2001 Isuzu Vehicross Ironman Edition for $13,500

Back in the late 90s, Isuzu came out with the two-door Vehicross SUV. If you’re a fan of the brand, you’ll surely remember it. That is because this model had distinct features like its unique body cladding and distinct styling.

In fact, this model became somewhat of a cult classic among off road enthusiasts. Despite already being unique, there is an even more exclusive version of the Vehicross that you have not seen, and it was dubbed the Ironman Edition.

Supposedly, the automaker’s original plan was to build 1,000 examples of the Vehicross Ironman Edition, but the exact number of how many units actually made it out of the production line is unclear. Besides that, the seller stated that the example being sold is just “1 of 86 units ever made”.

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GM and Isuzu are investing $60 mil for DMAX joint venture

General Motors Co. and Isuzu Motors Ltd. are making a $60-million investment to upgrade technology in DMAX Ltd., their diesel engine joint venture in Moraine, Ohio. The investment will allow the companies to enable design changes to comply with future emission requirements as well as keep 500 workers at the site, GM said in a statement.

Since 2000, the venture – owned 60 percent by GM and 40 percent by Suzuki -- has built nearly 1.6 million diesel engines for heavy-duty trucks in the United States since starting operations in 2000, GM said. The plant builds the Duramax 6.6-liter turbo diesel engine featured in the heavy-duty versions of the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks. The engine could also be offered for the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans.

According to GM, a 2.8-liter turbo diesel engine will be available in 2015 for the 2016-model mid-size pickup trucks, the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. The company is also considering diesel variants of the light-duty versions of the Silverado and Sierra. The plant has received $760 million since 2000 from GM and Suzuki.

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Isuzu posts 13.6% jump in pickup sales in UK to 2,762 units

Isuzu logged a 13.6-percent jump in sales of its pickups in the United Kingdom in 2012 to 2,762 units, marking its third consecutive year of growth in the country. The increase in UK sales was attributed to the mid-year arrival of the much-anticipated Isuzu D-Max, which helped the carmaker to post its best half-year sales performance in the company’s history in the UK.

In fact, Isuzu posted an 89.7-percent year-on-year increase in D-Max sales in the UK in the first half of 2012 to 2,028 units, allowing the carmaker to grab the second place in the pick-up sales charts for the concerned period. Isuzu UK also managed to rank first in non-fleet sales of pick-ups during the second half of 2012. With its strong performance in the UK in 2012, Isuzu now considers the country as its largest market in Europe in the year.

William Brown, General Manager at Isuzu UK, remarked that the Isuzu D-Max is a compelling proposition for fleet and private buyers alike, and that its high sales in 2012 underscore the strong and consistent demand for the pickup. He noted that Isuzu’s performance is impressive considering the carmaker only introduced the single and extended cab variants to the D-Max range in November 2012.

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GM in talks with Isuzu to jointly develop a next-generation pickup truck

Talks are about to start between General Motors Co and Isuzu Motors Ltd over a plan to jointly develop a next-generation pickup truck. This move may help reduce costs and the load of technology development. In separate statements, the companies said that they had inked a memorandum of understanding to begin negotiations.

However, details about the talks like the timing or any other aspect were undisclosed. According to a report from Japan's Nikkei business daily, the deal will also include co-management of their pickup truck business. It’s set to be formalized later this month during a meeting participated in by Isuzu President Susumu Hosoi and GM CEO Dan Akerson. The publication said that there will be further talks about the prospect of GM again acquiring a stake in Isuzu.

However, an Isuzu spokesman rejected the idea that there will be capital ties. He said that there’s “no possibility” of this. GM is eager to benefit from Isuzu’s strength in Southeast Asian markets and its diesel technology. Meanwhile, an agreement for Isuzu means that it may share the weight of developing technologies.

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The Isuzu D-Max pick-up is now more than capable in taking on the Dakar Rally, when the race commences in January 2013. Based on the architecture that underpins a production Isuzu D-Max 4x4 double-cab, the Dakar-ready pick-up has been greatly improved to boost performance and to endure the harshness of more than 5,000 miles of grueling terrain, between Lima, Peru and the finish in Santiago, Chile.

The Dakar-bound D-Max is powered by an Isuzu-developed 3.0-litre (2,994cc) 16-valve common-rail turbo diesel engine, which returns up to 242hp of output and 589 Nm of torque.  The engine, which is based on a standard Isuzu engine, is paired with a four-wheel drive system and a sequential five-speed Hollinger transmission as well as Xtreme rally clutch.

Protecting the vehicle and its passengers against rock impacts and potential accidents is a chassis that boasts of custom-built, full-length 8-mm aluminium skid plates. The steel cab body is also fitted with an integrated roll-cage and carbon-fibre panels, protecting the D-Max’s key components. Isuzu also installed DBA Kangaroo Paw ventilated disc brakes with cross-drilled discs and Harrop aluminium racing callipers to provide more than enough stopping power.

Read the entire article Isuzu preparing to compete in 2013 Dakar Rally with enhanced D-Max

Isuzu Motors has rejected reports that it has plans to withdraw from a diesel engine manufacturing joint venture with General Motors' Opel unit. The joint venture, in which Isuzu has a 40 percent stake, has been developing diesel engines for Opel's Astra, Corsa and Meriva models in Poland since 1999. Isuzu spokesman Eiji Mitsuhashi denied a report in the Nikkei business daily that the carmaker plans to pull out of the venture.

Mitsuhashi also declined to clarify a part of the report saying that Isuzu plans to stop the development of the next-generation engine for Opel. According to the report by Nikkei, Isuzu plans to halt developing new engines for Opel due the dwindling car market in Europe. In May, Isuzu said it was holding discussions over a possible equity alliance with GM, dismissing reports that such talks were taking place.

GM disclosed last week that its Europe unit posted an operating loss of $361 million in the second quarter of 2012, in contrast to a profit of $102 million in the same period in 2011. But since GM’s loss in the unit was smaller than what some analysts had expected, the group managed to log a better-than-expected profit.

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The new Isuzu D-Max pick-up in the United Kingdom will now be covered by special warranty of five years or 120,000 miles, whichever comes first, Isuzu has disclosed. The one-of-a-kind warranty is comprised of a standard 36-month/60,000-mile manufacturer's warranty and an extended warrant courtesy of the importer, Isuzu UK.

William Brown, General Manager for Isuzu UK, remarked that the special warranty offered for the new Isuzu D-Max will give its buyers a peace of mind longer than any other pick-up in the country. Brown said the special warranty is intended to showcase Isuzu’s capacity to make rugged, durable pick-ups.

The company is expecting a bumper year for the sales of the Isuzu D-Max, especially after receiving more than 7,500 expressions of interest for the all-new pick up even before its UK rollout in early July. Buyers could choose from four Isuzu D-Max specification levels and three cab configurations: extended cab, single cab and double cab.  A buyer could avail of the single cab 4x2 derivative for just a Commercial Vehicle on the Road Price of £14,499.

Read the entire article Isuzu D-Max’s UK warranty now covers five years or 120,000 miles

General Motors Co. is currently seeking a smaller share (compared to its initial proposal) of Isuzu Motors, which wants to stay independent, an individual familiar to the situation revealed. Initially, GM sought to have a controlling share in the Japanese truck manufacturer that’s equivalent to an investment valued at around $3 billion. 

GM is eager to tap into the strength of Isuzu in the markets in Southeast Asia as well as its diesel technology. The two companies were once equity partners for 35 years so if they enter a deal, it would not be new ground. At one point, the U.S.-based vehicle manufacturer owned up to 49% in Isuzu prior to selling the holding down, thwarted by Isuzu losses at the time and later being in dire need of cash.

In 2006, its last 7.9% share was sold for $300 million. Since it exited a government-funded bankruptcy restructuring procedure in 2009, GM has started to build new partnerships through initiatives spearheaded by GM Vice Chairman Steve Girsky. In March, GM concurred to paying $423 million for a 7% stake in French automaker PSA.

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Negotiations will soon begin between General Motors Co. and Isuzu Motors Ltd. about jointly selling commercial vehicles in Asia and in Central and South America, according to a Nikkei business daily report. Under this proposed deal, Gm will take a 10% stake in Isuzu. If this deal pushes through, it would restore a 35-year capital alliance that was thrown out during GM's 2006 restructuring.

As a result, Toyota Motor Corp. may be encouraged to sell its 5.9% stake in Isuzu since the GM link-up would rival its own reputable markets in Asia. The Nikkei report also said that Issue will stop talks with Volkswagen AG about a capital tie-up.

However, it will continue talks on supplying pickup trucks to Volkswagen in Thailand. GM and Isuzu are expected to begin talks in early May. It’s likely that during a meeting to be attended by Isuzu President Susumu Hosoi and GM CEO Dan Akerson this summer, an agreement would already be signed.

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Prices and details of the all-new Isuzu D-Max pick-up were announced before its UK launch on April 24-26 at the Commercial Vehicle Show in NEC, Birmingham. Isuzu UK said that the new Isuzu D-Max will start selling in June 2012 and will be offered with four specification levels. It’s also the first time that Isuzu UK will offer an extended cab body configuration that gets rear-opening side-access panels.

Isuzu UK also offers single and double cab versions. The range is offered with a starting price of £14,499 (CVOTR) for the entry-level Isuzu D-Max – the single cab 4x2 derivative. Furthermore, it offers a broad range of standard equipment such as air conditioning, daytime running lights, electric windows and front, side and curtain airbags.

Opting for the ‘Eiger’ double cab (from £18,499 CVOTR) means the addition of projector headlamps, Bluetooth and iPod connectivity, 16” alloy wheels and body-colored bumpers. With a starting price of £18,999 CVOTR, the ‘Yukon’ double cab also comes with a leather steering wheel with cruise and audio controls, and a six-speaker sound system, chrome exterior detailing and 17” alloys. What’s offered on the flagship ‘Utah’ model are luxurious interior comforts such as leather upholstery, heated front seats and automatic climate control. Its exterior is enhanced with roof bars and rear parking sensors.

Read the entire article Isuzu D-Max will start selling in June 2012

The shares of Isuzu Motors Ltd. surged as much as 9.6 percent, the most on an intraday basis since March 16, after a Wednesday report of Germany’s Manager Magazin stated that Volkswagen AG is taking a share on Isuzu or buying the company outright. The report did not name the source.

The magazine mentioned that board member Jochem Heizmann held discussions with Isuzu and paid production sites a visit. A spokesperson for VW stated that the company will not decide soon regarding taking a stake in Isuzu, and refused to make further comments.

The magazine also reported that Volkswagen discussed the possibility of MAN SE acquiring a holding in Isuzu. According to Bloomberg data, VW owns 29.9 percent of the German truckmaker MAN.

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Talks are ongoing between Isuzu Motors Ltd. and Volkswagen AG to come to a truck engine supply deal, according to a report from the Nikkei business daily. However, Isuzu was quick to deny that there was an equity tie-up being planned. Reportedly, the two companies want to close the deal this autumn.

The two firms are expected to sign a confidentiality agreement and begin full-scale talks. Isuzu has yet to either confirm or deny that these talks have started with Volkswagen with regards to cooperation in engine supply and technology. Isuzu pointed out that it will consider a range of options on operational cooperation.

According to the report from Nikkei, Isuzu will be supplying seven-liter-class diesel engines for midsize trucks; and three-liter-class diesel engines for commercial vans and small trucks built by the Volkswagen group.

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With sales of Isuzu’s Rodeo model up by 111 percent to the end of February 2011 when compared with the same period in 2010, Isuzu Motors Ltd. seems to have started the year right. Its sales momentum has continued into 2011 from 2010, when it reported a sales increase of 104 percent over 2009. Isuzu’s strong sellers include the Rodeo Denver Max and the 2.5 liter diesel Rodeo Denver.

On sale in the United Kingdom since 2004, the Rodeo is getting an enviable reputation for longevity and product reliability among many of its toughest and most demanding customers like the farming community. The Rodeo Denver comes in either single or double cab body style and with 2.5 or 3.0 liter common rail diesel engines.

Prices range from GBP12,649 to GBP22,499 (commercial vehicle on the road). Kenyon Neads, Isuzu Marketing Director, said that word is spreading on the Rodeo’s product virtues like its long-term reliability and upbeat attitude. He added that, as a brand that specializes in pick-ups alone, understanding the specific requirements of the commercial market customer is essential to Isuzu’s success.

Read the entire article Isuzu Rodeo sales up by 111% to the end of February