• Aug 14, 2006
Isuzu hardly has a leg left to stand on in North America, but elsewhere in the world its trucks are being bought by the hundreds of thousands. The D-Max shares its underpinnings and much of its sheetmetal with the brand's i-280 and i-350 pickups, as well as our own Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon. The new model gets a refreshed front end and new 3.0-liter CRD turbo-diesel. Inside Line reports that Isuzu is gearing up to build 350,000 units at its plants in Thailand where the the brand has ruled the commercial vehicle market for 23 years and the pickup segment for 10 years.

The D-Max also has a 7-passenger SUV spin-off called the MU 7, which also receives the freshened face and new diesel engine.

[Source: Inside Line]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      I thought one of the MAIN faults of the Colorado/Canyon was that it is based on this Thailand designed truck...if so, GM is re-badging an Isuzu. This would seem to be a sort of 2nd gen or facelifted version of the Colorado/Canyon and I series truck, if I'm reading this right.
      And while Isuzu has probably THE most experience in truck diesels, anywhere...does Isuzu have experience with small diesels that run on low sulfur fuel?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I just don't get this pickup truck thing. You want a truck but only drive short distances. You want a truck but never do any heavy moving or pulling. You want a truck with 200+ hp but never actually even use half of the power. I see alot of need but not alot of use here. Get a 2+2 sports car and be done with it."

      I agree, Jeff. Some people don't get it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      nice car though...
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Quite possibly the most moronic thing I have ever seen posted on Autoblog. Well except for most of Lithous' comments..."

      Some people just don't get it do they?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I have a fullsize Chevy 2500HD with the 6.6 Duramax and it is one outstanding engine. The technology incorperated into diesels these days is astonishing from what it used to be. I'm sure these trucks are every bit as good as thier big brother!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Trucks are just that-Trucks. Some of us macho guys like to drive them. They are high enough off the ground so you can negociate a rough road or go into a construction site to work. Inside, they are as nice as any sedan. Personally I hate Kias or Hyundays. Ya can't haul luggage from an airport in the trunk of one of them little compacts
      • 8 Years Ago
      "I just don't get this pickup truck thing. You want a truck but only drive short distances. You want a truck but never do any heavy moving or pulling. You want a truck with 200+ hp but never actually even use half of the power. I see alot of need but not alot of use here. Get a 2+2 sports car and be done with it.

      Stoneman"

      I just don't get this sports car thing. You want a sports car, but don't take it to the track. You want a car that goes 200 mph, but never even go half that fast. I see a lot of need but not a lot of use here. Get a Kia and be done with it.

      Imafuckingmoron
      • 8 Years Ago
      "I just don't get this pickup truck thing. You want a truck but only drive short distances. You want a truck but never do any heavy moving or pulling. You want a truck with 200+ hp but never actually even use half of the power. I see alot of need but not alot of use here. Get a 2+2 sports car and be done with it."

      Quite possibly the most moronic thing I have ever seen posted on Autoblog. Well except for most of Lithous' comments...
      • 8 Years Ago
      While there's still an Isuzu dealer left to visit, the i-290 and i-370 are probably the best deals you can get on a compact/mid-size pickup. You can probably negotiate a nice deal to get them off the lot, plus theres Isuzu's 7/75,000 powertrain warranty, the longest of any truck on sale in the U.S.

      I'm not sure why these trucks have as many critics as they do. Sure, they haven't represented a huge revolution over the last S-10/Sonoma/Hombre, but they're still much better than their predecessors. Even their Chevy and GMC cousins have outclassed (not to mention outmodernized) the latest Ford Ranger, who's status as the sales leader is mind-boggling considering its age and clumsy truckish ride (I should know, I ride in my brother's nearly every day).

      • 7 Years Ago
      Nissan Titan + Toyota Tacoma = Ugly Isuzu D-Max

      Pickups are the most valuable tool in a guys (or gals toolshed [Ha! no "gal" would ever drive any pickup, let alone the D-max]. Even a 2X4 is tough to handle with a roof rack on a little sedan. I think these guys (Isuzu) are pretty clever [compared to monkeys]. With a small, extended cab (or 4Dr) pickup, they can appeal to the economy minded [ you don't drive a pickup if you are "economy minded". you buy Hyundais] with a decent little truck [ I'll take a Ford Ranger any day]. I'll wait for the second model year run [it'll die long before that comes], for obvious reasons[like what?]. But, I'll have one of these little gems [the only thing this has in common with a gem is that they are both found in the ground]...
      • 8 Years Ago
      nice car though
      • 8 Years Ago
      I bought a Chevy 1-ton with the 6.6 diesel engine and the interior is fine, but I bought it to work in less than a year(100,000 miles) it has broken down in Arizona,Wisconson,California,Wyoming,and the starter just fell off in Florida.No repairs were covered by the warranty. I say God bless GM.
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