The Isuzu D-Max is running out of stock in the lead-up to what is usually the biggest month of the year for ute sales.
Isuzu dealers have told CarAdvice that supply has almost run out at some showrooms, while others say they have barely enough vehicles to carry them through to the end of the financial year, June 30.
Stock levels at Isuzu dealers across Australia had gradually been wound back to make way for the all-new model due in late July.
However, the temporary factory shutdown in Thailand – due to COVID-19 lockdowns – plus a surprising surge in sales in the last two weeks of April and the first two weeks of May as coronavirus restrictions eased, have left many Isuzu dealers running low on runout models.
A survey by CarAdvice of Isuzu dealers across NSW, Queensland and Victoria found D-Max stock levels were patchy.
A statement by Isuzu Ute Australia said: “Unfortunately we are now experiencing some stock shortage with certain models in the D-Max range. This has been caused by a combination of the temporary closure of the production facilities in Thailand last month plus some shipping delays into Australia due to COVID-19 restrictions”.
Isuzu says it hopes to be able to replenish stock now that “our production facilities are back up and running in Thailand and the ships have been released”.
“We hope to have supply back as soon as possible,” said a spokesman for Isuzu Ute Australia.
Meanwhile, the company has so far refused to outline when the all-new Isuzu D-Max (pictured below) – which went on sale in Thailand last year – will arrive in Australian showrooms.
However, numerous dealer sources have told CarAdvice they expect the new model will remain on track with its showroom arrival due in late July or early August, pending any further delays.
To find out more about the new Isuzu D-Max, please read our coverage here: