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General Motors, Isuzu to discuss new ute partnership

General Motors and Isuzu are considering developing an all-new ute together, the Detroit-based automaker has confirmed. Reuters reports the two companies have signed a memorandum of understanding to enter negotiations over the potential next-generation pick-up, although neither have revealed a timeline or other details of the agreement...

Isuzu D-MAX strengthens warranty to five years

The Isuzu D-Max ute now shares the longest warranty in its segment after its coverage was extended from three to five years from 1st January 2013. Isuzu's five-year/130,000km warranty matches that already offered by the Mitsubishi Triton, and the company has also extended its roadside assistance program to five years correspondingly...

Isuzu D-MAX to get twin-turbo diesel by 2016

The mid-life-update of the Isuzu D-Max, due in 2016, will see the Thai-built ute replace the current Euro4-rated 3.0-litre single-turbo diesel engine, with a 2.5-litre twin-turbo unit to meet Euro5 emissions regulations in Australia. The new Isuzu engine is already used in the Isuzu D-Max in parts of Europe including the UK, where Euro5 standards have been in place for several years...

Holden Colorado, Isuzu D-MAX four-star safety ratings concern ANCAP

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has expressed its disappointment in the four-star safety ratings awarded to the Isuzu D-Max crew-cab and the single- and space-cab variants of the Holden Colorado...

2012 Isuzu D-MAX launches in Australia

Isuzu Ute Australia has officially launched the second-generation Isuzu D-Max, with vehicles available from July 2 in a model range that includes five trim levels and three cab configurations. Isuzu sold close to 6000 D-Max utes across Australia in 2011 and is keen for that number to grow to at least 8000 units in its first year of sales with the all-new D-Max...

2012 Isuzu D-MAX on sale in Australia first half of next year

The all-new 2012 Isuzu D-Max ute has been unveiled ahead of its Australian launch in the first half of next year. The new ute was revealed in Thailand, hot on the heels of yesterday's unveiling of the Chevrolet Colorado. The 2012 Holden Colorado will go on sale in Australia in the first quarter of next year...

2012 Isuzu D-MAX RT-50 Spy Rendering

Currently in its ninth year of production, the Isuzu D-Max (previously known as the Holden Rodeo) is in the midst of an all new replacement, set to go on sale in 2012. While details are still far from clear, initial spy photos were followed by a patent leak that led to the following Computer Generated Image (CGI) exclusively for CarAdvice...

2011 Isuzu D-MAX Limited Edition III now on sale

Isuzu UTE Australia has released 300 special edition Isuzu D-MAX LE III utes to join the local lineup. The special edition will be the third LE model to be released onto the Australian market, showcasing $8000 worth of added extras. The Isuzu D-MAX Limited Edition III is based on the top level LS-U D-MAX 4x4, which is the most popular variant in the Isuzu range...

Isuzu Ute Australia planning new D-MAX-based SUV

With 10,000 local sales under its belt and the all-new Isuzu D-Max ute expected to arrive in 2012, Isuzu Ute Australia has set its sights on expanding into the ute-based SUV market. Isuzu Ute Australia (IUA) managing director, Hitoshi Kono, said Isuzu was currently developing the next-generation D-Max-based SUV, known in Thailand as the MU-7...

2011 Isuzu D-MAX Farm Mate special edition for Australia

The Isuzu D-MAX Farm Mate special edition has been launched by specialist importer Isuzu Ute Australia with around $5000 of extra value. ABN holders will be able to order the Farm Mate as both a single cab and space cab, although production will be limited to less than 100 and availability based on supply...

Isuzu D-MAX Limited Edition II

Isuzu UTE has celebrated its second year of operation in Australia with the launch of the Isuzu D-MAX Limited Edition II 4x4 crew cab ute. The company, which is wholly owned by Mitsubishi, has managed to fight its way into the tough Australian market in the last two years to take a respectable slice in the commercial utility segment...