Isuzu Motors Ltd of Japan has had a presence in South Africa since 1964, and today it’s one of the countries leading commercial vehicle brands. When, in the middle of 2017, General Motors announced they were pulling out of South Africa, Isuzu very quickly bought their factory in Port Elizabeth. They then consolidated the various interests they had in commercial vehicles and formed one company, Isuzu Motors South Africa.
They are committed to South Africa, and to show just how much, at the launch of the new company they showcased the MU-X, which will be a new addition to the South African range. Other new models on show included the X-Rider Black and the Chassis Cab. The X-Rider black will come in the standard Isuzu colour of Black Meet Kettle, which will be complimented with a black grill, black running bars, and black bumpers. The interior will also be finished mainly in black.
They have extended the range of vehicles in South Africa with models like the Chassis Cab being available in at least three versions, which will include the LEED, the LEED Safety, and the Fleetside Safety.
The display also had the prototype of the AT35, which is a vehicle that is currently undergoing a viability study.
At the launch, Dominic Rimmer, Executive Technical Services, speaking on behalf of the company said, “We have engineering expertise here which ensure that our strengthened portfolio of vehicles meet the need of our customers in South Africa”