2016 Isuzu D-Max V-Cross
Isuzu may not be a popular auto manufacturer in India yet but they have a rich history. Isuzu is one of the oldest car manufacturers in the Japanese automotive industry. In 1922 Isuzu assembled their first automobile called Wilseley Model A-9. Their next venture was in the truck segment back in the year, 1934 they have launched a standard model truck which was named ‘ISUZU’, this truck was named after the ISUZU river.
Later in the year 1949 the company name was changed to ISUZU Motors limited. After the World War II there was a huge demand of trucks to carry goods and materials that’s when the ISUZU trucks played an important role. Their first venture in India came in the form of diesel engines which was fitted under the hood of one of the iconic cars of all time the Hindustan Motors Ambassador. That’s right back in 1990 the Ambassador was actually powered by 1817 ISZ and the 2000 DSZ. These engines featured a 75 Bhp engine.
Isuzu later returned to the Indian market in 2012 and chalked out their future plan, they started importing the D-Max pickup and the MU-7 SUV from Thailand. In 2016 they are back with a new Adventure utility vehicle called the D-Max V-Cross. So yes this Adventure Utility vehicle may not be everyone’s cup of tea but it already has some fan following amongst the adventure enthusiast of the country.
Now according to some reports Isuzu has already launched the D-Max C-Cross utility vehicle and we are providing your our first impression of this vehicle.
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2016 New Delhi auto show recap
The 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo has finally came to an end. We have seen plenty of concepts, fresh new models and redesigned facelift versions of the existing models. So far, the 2016 edition of the biennial Auto Expo has been the biggest and largest of its history. On the front of new vehicle launches, showcase models and concepts, this Auto Expo was the biggest. We have seen the entry of Jeep brand, iconic Ford Mustang and Japanese Godzilla aka Nissan GT-R, all made their appearance at the Auto Expo. Not only that, this was the first time when so many sport and performance cars were displayed alongside the regular ones and luxury models as well. Almost every brand has unveiled at least one single new car.
Now, as the Auto Expo is over, we have made a list of new cars unveiled at the 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo. Check it out.
In the season of festivities, we the petrolheads have reason to rejoice again, as in a few days 2016 edition of the Indian Auto Expo will be organized at New Delhi from 5th to 9th February, 2016. This is certainly the biggest automobile convention of Asia, organized by Society of Indian Automobile Manufactures (SIAM) jointly with the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) the 2016 edition of the prestigious biennial event will be bigger and better.
More than 65 automobile brands including Indian and international companies, are expected to showcase their exciting car models in the 13th edition of the event. Incidentally, in 2014 nearly 55 brands showcased their products at the event. Sadly, there will be few major brands missing this time. We will get to see some exciting new models, some new launches including world launches and hopefully a few concepts at the upcoming event.
The organizers are expecting more than 6 lakh footfall at the India Exposition Mart Ltd (IEML) in Greater Noida, resulting a 20% rise in the number of visitors. The total floor space for the event has been increased by 37240 square metres with six completely new air conditioned halls, alongside the already available eight halls, resulting the total floor space to around 79000 square metres.
Before you prepare yourself to visit the upcoming Auto Expo, we will give you a lowdown on the facts and frequently asked questions like – how to get there, timing of the show, which are the participating brands, which are the brands to miss, floor plan, hospitality, major launches to watch. Keep reading the article.
Isuzu Motors started their journey in India back in 2013, but after two years gone this brand couldn’t afford themselves a strong foothold in country’s automobile market. Reason behind this is the lack of presence and short model lineup. While several countries boast good looking modern MU-X SUV, then we Indians get the dated MU-7, which looks like an aging grandfather of the stylish MU-X. However, we have heard the Japanese automaker is planning to expand their network in India and they have also planned expand the product lineup. Therefore we expect Isuzu will launch the MU-X in India very soon. Good news for the petrolheads, the Japanese automaker might launch the MU-7’s successor in India in 2016 only.
Isuzu MU-X will sit on top of Isuzu MU-7 in the product lineup, and it will directly lock horn with the very popular Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour. Both the rivals being well known and popular in India, Isuzu MU-X’s job won’t be easy at all. Now, before the Japanese automaker launches their latest offering in India, let’s take a brief look at the MU-X SUV.
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The Isuzu MU-7, just like most of its competitors in this segment, is based on a pick-up truck. The SUV is based on the Japanese companies D-Max pick-up truck. Both the SUV and the pick-up truck are on sale in India and they are the only products they have offered in the country.
The MU-7 SUV was launched in the end of 2013, and it seats seven people. Initially, it was offered only with a manual transmission. Now, as sales of automatic cars are picking up, Isuzu has launched the automatic variant of the MU-7. Its competitors, the Toyota Fortuner and Pajero Sport are offered with an automatic transmission. The Ford Endeavour is also expected to be launched with an automatic transmission.
Isuzu are known for their diesel engines. They sell vehicles over 6 lakh vehicles annually in more than a 100 countries. They assemble the MU-7 SUV and the D-Max pick-up truck from CKD kits at the Hindustan Motors Ltd facility in Thiruvallur near Chennai and sells the vehicle from dealers in 25 different cities Isuzu Motors India began work on a proposed manufacturing facility in Sri City, Andhra Pradesh in January 2014. The plant is expect to begin operations early next year.
Isuzu Motors is a Japanese automobile manufacturer who specialize in commercial vehicles and diesel engines. The company was founded in 1916 by the Tokyo Gas Company. The name Isuzu comes from the Isuzu river. Currently, Isuzu is a public company and it has its headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.
Japan’s oldest automobile manufacturer entered the Indian market in March 2013 with the MU-7 SUV. They first started with a dealership in Hyderabad and Coimbatore. Isuzu launched the D-Max pick-up truck in the country in May of 2014.
Globally, the pick-up truck was launched in 2002 in Thailand. The car is in its second generation now and it shares its platform with various mid-size trucks from General Motors. The Isuzu D-Max is rebadged and sold as a Chevrolet and a GMC. In Australia, it is sold as a Holden. The second generation D-Max was launched in 2011 and is sold only in a few Asian countries. The other countries still receive the first generation vehicle.
Unfortunately, in India, the Isuzu D-Max pick-up truck sold is the first generation vehicle. It is sold in four variants; Single Cab, Single Cab Chassis, Space Cab Flat Deck and Space Cab Arched Deck.
Isuzu Motors India is making steady moves to slowly expand its network across more Indian cities. The company has opened its first showroom in Tirupati making it the second sales and service outlet in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The new dealership is located at Renigunta Road and is spread across a 2500 square feet facility.
Isuzu is currently spreading its network in the southern states of the country and now has a authorized outlets in eight major cities, viz. Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Coimbatore, Kochi, Visakhapatnam, Tirupati and Madurai.
The Japanese car maker is planning to increase the number of dealerships in India to 60 outlets by 2015-16. A manufacturing line is also set to come in Sri City, Chitoor. President and MD Takashi Kikuchi inaugurated the new dealership. With him was Shigeru Wakabayashi, deputy MD, Isuzu Motors India.
Takashi Kikuchi said, “We are very happy to open our flagship showroom in Tirupati. Andhra Pradesh is an important and growing market for us. Our brand and products have been received extremely well here and with this dealership opening, we look forward to our growing market in South India.”
Isuzu’s first products for India include the MU-7 SUV which is priced at INR 22.93 lakh and the D-Max pick up priced at INR 7.39 lakh (ex-showroom Tirupati).
There is reason to be excited for off road enthusiasts as Fiat has announced that Jeep would be entering India with the Grand Cherokee SUV next year. It is also almost certain now that Isuzu too would be launching their MU7 SUV in India early next year. The MU7 SUV also shares its platform with General Motors vehicles and was first launched in Thailand in 2004 and compared to the D-Max pickup truck the SUV has a covered rear end. The SUV has already been seen testing at the ARAI in Pune and the MU7 would come in India as a CBU from Thailand. Prices would start from Rs 18lakhs which would put it between the Toyota Fortuner and recently launched SsangYong Rexton. Like the Fortuner this Isuzu SUV aims at providing strong off road performance along with impressive interior space. As is the case with the Fortuner and the Pajero Sport, the Isuzu SUV will also be brought in from Thailand and would in all probability be assembled in India by Fiat.