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PORT ELIZABETH – Isuzu Motors South Africa (Isuzu) has refreshed its bakkie range, giving it a new name along with higher levels of specification, quality and efficiency to make its popular light commercial vehicle (LCV) more appealing than ever.

Over the past 40 years of local production spanning six generations, the Isuzu bakkie has been a key player in creating and fostering South Africa’s love affair with the versatile bakkie – both as a workhorse and, increasingly, as an all-encompassing everyday leisure and lifestyle vehicle.

Now known as the Isuzu D-MAX, in line with international markets, the Isuzu bakkie range spans an extensive portfolio comprising of 30 models for South Africa and 13 models for export markets, with the top-spec derivatives gaining a more luxurious execution that reflects the more sophisticated requirements of top-end buyers [...]

World Technician Competition

Isuzu Technicians Take Podium Position at International Competition

It’s official, South Africa has some of the best bakkie technicians in the world. The Isuzu South Africa team came third out of 24 participating countries in the Light Commercial Vehicle Division of the 2018 Isuzu World Technical Competition, known as the I-1 Grand Prix, which was held in Thailand recently.

This year marked the 13th edition of the competition. Representing South African were Izak Stefanus (Stefan) de Wet, from Technical Support and Field Services at Isuzu Motors South Africa, Petrus Venter from Williams Hunt Roodepoort in Gauteng and Johannes van Heerden from Westvaal Mashishing in Mpumalanga. The technicians were given several mechanical tasks to test technical competency and problem-solving skills on Isuzu bakkies. Technicians from the host country, Thailand, came first in the competition while Russia came second.

According Dominic Rimmer, Isuzu Motors South Africa Executive Technical [...]

Globe-trotting Isuzu Bakkie

Globe-trotting Isuzu bakkie to be given new lease on life as winner of Living Legends competition

Isuzu’s revered and trusted locally produced one-ton bakkie range has been a firm South African favourite over the past 40 years, delivering legendary performance, unbeatable reliability and impressive go-anywhere ability.

And now, an adventurous 18-year-old model, nearly two decades of travelling the length and breadth of Sub-Saharan Africa and as far as Eastern Europe is set to be rewarded with a comprehensive make-over. The 2000 Isuzu 280 D-TEQ 4×4 will be undergoing restoration which will be conducted by the highly experienced Technical Services team at Isuzu Motors South Africa in Port Elizabeth.

The restoration forms part of Isuzu’s celebrations for its 40th anniversary of Isuzu bakkie Production in South Africa and is the culmination of the Living Legends competition which attracted over 150 entries from eager and loyal Isuzu bakkie owners around the country.

“The Isuzu range has been a key player in the growth of the light commercial vehicle segment in South Africa, and [...]

WHAT do former Springbok Rugby Captain John Smit, the first test tube baby, the Walkman and the movie Grease have in common? They were all introduced to the world in the same year that the first Isuzu bakkie went into local production in South Africa.

1978 was a significant year for one of the firm favourites on South African roads – whether its hauling sheep in the Karoo, or zipping between the Gauteng skyscrapers, the Isuzu bakkie has been synonymous with the South African way of life for four decades.

The first Isuzu bakkie, carrying the Isuzu badge, was built at the Kempston Road plant in Port Elizabeth 40 years ago. Today, boasting three body styles and an extensive model line-up, Isuzu bakkies continue to be a leading contender in the market place – tried and tested to be a true legend to live the Isuzu Motors South Africa company strapline ‘With you, for the [...]

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Isuzu launches exclusive X-Rider Black edition


Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSA) is adding a further dash of exclusivity and appeal to its bakkie range with the introduction of the X-Rider Black – a limited edition all-black model available as part of its popular Double Cab line-up.

“The X-Rider has been a fantastic addition to the existing Isuzu line-up in South Africa, creating a niche of its own with its distinctive styling elements and upmarket features that set it apart from the rest of the range,” says Dominic Rimmer, Executive Technical Services.

The X-Rider has been exceptionally well received by South African customers, initially introduced in 2016 as a 700-unit limited edition, however demand for the X-Rider led to it being added as a permanent fixture of the Isuzu bakkie range early last year.

“The success of the X-Rider proves that there is strong demand for a tough and reliable bakkie that also looks great [...]

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Confident and capable – Isuzu’s all-new mu-X seven-seater SUV



PORT ELIZABETH – As an important new offering from Isuzu Motors South Africa, and a new contender in the burgeoning sport utility vehicle (SUV) segment, the seven-seater Isuzu mu-X matches a proud heritage to outstanding performance, distinctive style and an extremely comfortable yet flexible interior.

The mu-X offers superb all-round capabilities that make it ideally suited to active modern family lifestyles. This is backed up by the confidence provided by an impressive range of active and passive safety features – including a full complement of driving aids for on and off-road use. This is sure to make the mu-X a very popular addition to the Isuzu line-up in South Africa.

Proven performance

Isuzu Motors is a global leader in the production of commercial diesel engines for the light, medium and heavy commercial vehicle markets, and has produced over 25-million engines to date.

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