Isuzu make some of the toughest 4×4 machines around, though they have made numerous cars in their time – perhaps most notable the Isuzu Piazza, a fast 2-dr sports car. All current Isuzu vehicles are made in Japan, and Isuzu has assembly and manufacturing plants in Fujisawa, Tochigi and Hokkaidō areas. The name Isuzu is a name used for a Japanese river. Isuzu’s birth was a long way back in the early 1900s, whereupon, in 1918, a heavy engineering company merged with the Tokyo Gas and Electric Company. This joint merger signed an agreement that they would build and sell Wolsley cars in the Far East. In 1922, the first Japanese Wolsley was made. Come 1929, the company began to build its own cars, and one of the names used for some of the cars was Isuzu. The company formally became Isuzu Motors in 1949. After World War II, a great demand for a wide variety of work trucks in Japan’s reconstruction work ensured that Isuzu Motors had plenty of work to busy themselves with. Ever since this need for trucks, Isuzu have always been a big manufacturer of trucks for all manner of jobs. Isuzu trucks are known for being rugged, strong workhorses worldwide. During the eighties, Isuzu made a very reliable small sedan and wagon called the Isuzu Gemini. This was hugely popular, and the fact that there are still numbers of these cars running about today says a lot for their build quality. The only thing about these vehicles is that their light weight makes them a little vulnerable in a substantial crash. Also designed and manufactured by Isuzu in the eighties and early nineties was the beautiful looking Piazza. This was a two-door hatch that had design lines created by Giorgetto Giugiaro, and is a favourite of mine. In April 1984, a 132 kW four-cylinder engine with 251 Nm powered the RWD sports car. This was a car that was capable of reaching over 200 km/h and accelerating from a standstill to 100 km/h in well under 10 seconds. But more recently, Isuzu are still big makers of trucks and 4×4 vehicles. Isuzu don’t currently make cars for outside of Japan. During the nineties and into the early stages of the new millennium, Isuzu built the very popular Bighorn and Trooper models. At the time of writing, brand new for the Aussie 4×2 and 4×4 ute buyer is the D-MAX models. Large and comfortable, the very modern MU-X 4×4 is an SUV option for new car buyers. You’ll be impressed with the levels of power, equipment and comfort in both the MU-X and D-MAX. Take a look at Private Fleet’s reviews on Isuzu’s new models.