• Jan 5, 2009

Click above for high-res gallery of the vehicles Isuzu is leaving behind

Isuzu will cease selling passenger vehicles in America on January 31. In a news blurb that's about as abbreviated as the company's product lineup, Kelley Blue Book reports that the troubled Japanese automaker will stop selling its Ascender SUV and i-Series pickups at the end of the month, both badge-engineered versions of General Motors trucks. Isuzu sales have been winding down for some time now (it sold just over 7000 units last year), and the move had been expected as the plant that underpins the Ascender (shared with the Chevrolet Traiblazer, GMC Envoy, and Saab 9-7X) shuttered just before the holidays.

For all of you little Troopers, Hombres, and Amigos that remain brand loyalists, Isuzu has stated that it will continue to offer parts and service to owners, including honoring warranty claims.


[Source: Kelley Blue Book]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      But Isuzu still make those nifty Commercial vehicles also sold under the GMC brand. They have got great diesel technology which is why Toyota invested in them.

      The only problem is if their commercial vehicles sale collapse, then the whole brand will exit the U.S. market.
      • 6 Years Ago

      Proof-read version:

      Does this make my Honda-badged Isuzu Oasis a candidate for the Annual Ypsilanti Orphan Car Show now? Or did it only lose a step-father?
        • 6 Years Ago
        You have quite a prophetic name.
      Denver The Trucker
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think it's time all foigen products leave America and American products start or rather get back to basic's. Build Amerca Buy American. This opinion is by Denver the Trucker a Native American, We were the first Homeland security!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Bit of a shame. The nice thing about Isuzu was just the toughness and ruggedness - you can beat the crap out of an Isuzu and it still looks good. My Hombre has about 200K over awful dirt roads on it, is covered with dents and dings from animals and other cars, and it still keeps going. Change a water pump here or reattach the exhaust system there, and that's about it. About the best vehicle I've ever had, really. Even if it's an S-10 undernieth, there's just enough "different" about it.

      Also, lol at you "buy `merican" commenters. Feels like the 80s all over again in here.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I had no idea they were still over here...
        • 6 Years Ago
        @BenS: I actually saw a new i-series last weekend. I was genuinely shocked. Not bad sheetmetal, really, but it's a Colorado underneath, and that truck sucks.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I can't even remember the last time I saw a "new" Isuzu...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ditto. I had long forgotten about them (apparently I wasn't the only one).
      • 6 Years Ago
      Aww, gee, that's too bad! (lol) Any way we can talk them into taking Nissan, Toyota, Subaru, Honda, Hyundai, KIA and the rest of them WITH THEM?

        • 6 Years Ago
        Brilliant. Then if I wanted a sensible but sporty family hauler, I'd have to settle for a Dodge Avenger instead of a Subaru Legacy GT. Sounds like a great deal to me!

        Maybe we should also kick out BMW, Mercedes, and Audi to make room for...er...Lincoln?
      • 6 Years Ago
      what no bailout?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Oh no, they won't sell rebadged versions of GM trucks anymore. What a shame.



      Though, if you do want a Colorado or an Envoy dirt cheap, now would be a good time to hit up Isuzu.
      • 6 Years Ago
      We should send all of the foreigh car makers packing back to their own countries and slap an $20,000 tariff on any car they ship here for sale. American workers do not live in huts and eat a bowl of rice a day; we don't live in shacks and eat beans while the bosses and owners live like kings and princes. Go into any of these low cost labor countrys and see how many of the average workers own theior homes or drive decent cars or have any hope of sending a child to college. We have a higher sandard of living here and it takes money to support it. We should neve rhave allowed Toyota, Hinda or any of them to dump their cars into our markets without stiff tariffs. For years these countries did everythign to keep our products out of their markets while they reaped profits for us. Even today some countries will not by agriculture products from us because they want to protect their own farmers.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why wait until the end of the month?

      Isuzu has been gone for all intents and purposes since the last Rodeo and Amigo got sold.

      Basically all it is now is a lesser version of GMC. I never understood the logic of selling the products they do. Why would anyone want a Isuzu version of a Trailblazer. Believe it or not the Chevy version has more cache.
      Denver The Trucker
      • 6 Years Ago
      The auto industries has priced their self into the situation they are in ! Now we as American's are to let our elected reps. BAIL THEM OUT with our TAX MONEY, wake up America,Where has: We the people for the oeople gone? There is one thing that I hate is, the lack of suport by those in office to do the suporting, Did anyone hear any suport for the Independant truckers during the Election BY anyone running? The first email that I received was for me to donate money for the repay of election funds. What's wrong with thie picture?
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Denver The Trucker
        you can haz english lesson? plz?
      David
      • 6 Years Ago
      I WAS a huge Isuzu fan - based on my late lamented '94 Trooper. Of course, it was actually designed and made by Isuzu. It would have lasted forever (as many decade-old+ Troopers on the road attest today) if it had not been killed last year by an icy road and a horribly misplaced tree in Aspen. The Trooper was fabulous, and there is nothing today that matches its semi-low-tech reliability and space and efficiency, although there are a few that are equally boxy and ugly. It was nevertheless a wonderful vehicle.

      But what Isuzu did -- to itself -- is a genuine automotive tragedy. The real company died years ago - the phony rebadged products were just not Isuzu. So ... so long Joe. The 500 of us with long memories will miss ya; nobody else will remember in a year.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @David
        "if it had not been killed last year by an icy road and a horribly misplaced tree in Aspen."


        I was wondering where I left that tree, mystery solved.
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