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Isuzu Jidōsha Kabushiki Kaisha (いすゞ自動車) is a Japanese automobile company, headquartered in Tokyo. It has constructions plants in Kawasaki, Fujisawa, Tochigi and Hokkaido. It is famous for producing commercial vehicles and diesel engines. Isuzu produced 16 million diesel engines in 2003 alone, which can be found in cars all over the world.

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1 History
2 Important car models
3 Related articles
4 External link


In 1916 Tokyo Ishikawajima Shipbuilding and Engineering Co., Ltd. and Tokyo Gas and Electric Industrial Co. cooperately plan to build automobiles. In 1918 a technical cooperation with Wolseley Motors U.K. is initiated. In 1922 the first Wolseley model A-9 car is domestically produced. The CP truck follows two years later. Ishikawajima Automotive Works merges with Dot Automobile Manufacturing in 1933 and changes its name to Automobile Industries Co., Ltd..

A meeting with the Ministry of Trade and Industry in 1934 results in the renaming of the truck to Isuzu, after the Isuzu river. Isuzu is not adopted as company name until 1949. In 1953 with technical assistance of Rootes (U.K.) the Hillman passenger car is produced.

A capital agreement with General Motors is signed in 1971 and two years later the Gemini is introduced, which is coproduced with General Motors.

From 1981 commercial vehicles are successfully exported to the United States. 1987 the joint venture Subaru-Isuzu Automotive Inc. (SIA) is established together with Fuji Heavy Industries (owner of Subaru).

General Motors raises its stake in Isuzu to 49% in 1999, but reduced it again to 12% in 2003.

In 2002 the Subaru-Isuzu joint-venture is dissolved.

Important car models

Related articles

External link