Does any brand punch heavier above its weight in Australia than Isuzu? At the time of writing (early September 2018), Isuzu Ute is the 13th most popular of 50-odd brands locally. With just two products, it outperforms big names including Audi, BMW, Jeep, Land Rover, Renault and Suzuki. It helps that those models – the D-Max ute and MU-X SUV – compete in two of the country’s biggest vehicle segments, yet Isuzu’s reputation for never-die diesel engines, dating to the 1930s, or its appeal to grey nomads should never be underestimated. Isuzu Ute has also expanded its dealer network in recent years. Holden is an even bigger name here, of course, though the Australian brand’s rival for the MU-X – the Trailblazer – is indicative of its recent struggles. In terms of sales, there’s no contest. Up to the end of August, Isuzu had this year sold 5819 MU-Xs – up 14 per cent year on year. Trailblazer sales are down 14 per cent for the same … [Read more...] about 2018 Holden Trailblazer LTZ v Isuzu MU-X LS-U comparison
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Isuzu D-Max V-Cross has picked up quite a fan following in the Indian market. While a few automakers tried their luck with pick-up trucks in the Indian market, Isuzu was the only one who could capture the segment properly with the V-Cross. Many enthusiasts have picked up the V-Cross in India and most of them have been modified by the users. While many keep the modifications subtle, many others go berserk with the modification to create true monsters! Here are five such Isuzu V-Cross that will you skip a heartbeat if you spot any of them on the road. XS Overland The V-Cross looks quite intimidating on the road even in stock form. This one gets a humble 1.5-inch lift kit with massive 33-inch Cooper ST all-terrain tyres with the super tread pattern. This gives the pick-up truck an aggressive stance. To accommodate the bigger tyres, the V-Cross also gets customised fenders. There is an Ironman off-road spec bumper at the front with a Warn winch. It also gets a snorkel for deep water … [Read more...] about A modified Isuzu V-Cross can have MONSTROUS street presence: 5 examples
Isuzu’s non-truck products have been on sale for decades in Australia, once wearing Holden badges. Remember the Jackaroo SUV and Rodeo ute, precursor to today’s Colorado? But the brand has only eponymously sold its wares here as Isuzu Ute for about a decade, over which time it has become a genuinely mainstream, successful player in a hyper-competitive market, appealing to those after hardcore machines capable of copping a beating. The company leverages an Isuzu N Series truck-sourced 3.0-litre turbo diesel engine, which may produce less power and torque than some rivals, but which is designed to go on and on… and on. It’s worth recapping the success of what has fast become one of Australia’s more popular new vehicle companies. In 2017 it finished 13th, ahead of Suzuki, Jeep and Land Rover. Coming from a low base in 2008, the company has posted nine consecutive years of double-digit growth in Australia, which is now its single largest export market anywhere … [Read more...] about Isuzu Ute Australia’s sales success tracked
2001 Isuzu VehiCROSS There are vehicles that, for whatever reason, sell poorly when new, but develop a healthy following as used. We number among those rides the Toyota FJ Cruiser, the Pontiac Aztek (thank you, Walter White), and the subject of this post, the Isuzu VehiCROSS. More Review Flashback! posts Available for just three model years, the VehiCROSS made its way onto a number of ugliest-vehicle lists, but earned a reputation for being relatively fun to drive, and genuinely capable off road. 1999 Isuzu VehiCROSS Offered only for the 1999-2001 model years, the VehiCROSS came solely in 2-door form, and only fully loaded. The only options available were a roof rack, floor mats, and for 1999 and 2000 only, an Iron Man trim package. Based purely on anecdotal evidence, the take rate on the Iron Man package, which included the roof rack, mats, and special badges, was fairly high, despite its $995 price tag. VehiCROSS owed its basic body-on-frame architecture to its Isuzu Trooper cousin, … [Read more...] about Review Flashback! 2001 Isuzu VehiCROSS
3 Ever since Marty McFly came back to the future to find a black Toyota SR5 Xtracab in the garage, I have found there to be something irresistibly cool about pick-up trucks. Clearly I’m not alone, because in 2017 demand for new pick-ups defied a declining market, eventually posting an increase of almost 8 per cent to 51,415 units when registrations of both vans and passenger cars were down. Whether those buyers were inspired by the world’s greatest time travel adventure (no arguments, please) or simply needed the practicality that comes with a massive load bed and plenty of off-road ability is unclear, but what we do know is that if they are business users they can run their pick-up in a very cost-efficient way. Vehicle Excise Duty of pick-ups, for example, is fixed at £240 per year regardless of engine size, while Benefit in Kind (BIK) taxation for a 20 per cent tax payer is just £54 per month. Compare a double cab pick-up such as the Isuzu D-Max … [Read more...] about Isuzu D-Max Huntsman review: can a lavishly equipped pick-up be a cheap substitute for an SUV?