Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Bye Bye Isuzu

An AutoWeek Breaking News post By DALE JEWETT:

Isuzu Motors America said on Wednesday that it will stop selling vehicles in the U.S. market. The decision is effective as of Thursday, Jan. 31, the company said in a press release.

Isuzu vehicles in the U.S. market--the Ascender SUV and i-series pickups--are reworked versions of General Motors vehicles. The Ascender is reworked from the Chevrolet TrailBlazer/GMC Envoy, and the pickups are rebadged from the Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon.

Isuzu sold 7098 vehicles in the United States in 2007, down 17.6 percent from a year earlier.

Isuzu said it would continue to honor warranties and encourage its dealers to continue as service-only centers.

I had a 1998 Isuzu Rodeo S model. Unlike the majority of them and the sister Honda Passport, I had it with the 5 speed manual. It was a nice vehicle.

Too bad. From making cars and trucks, as well as supplying vehicles and engines to others, the end comes where things are pretty much the opposite. Only selling a very limited line of vehicles made by others. Moving to the we only make trucks mentatlity might have worked if the timing were right and the product line wasn't so limited. Who knows, like others, them may be back some day.

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