Company History

Milestones Products
Tokyo Ishikawajima Ship-building and Engineering Co., Ltd. and Tokyo Gas and Electric Industrial Co. initiated plans to build automobiles. 1916
July
Tokyo Ishikawajima Ship-building and Engineering concluded a technical tie-up agreement with Wolseley Motors of England.
1918
1919 March
Tokyo Gas and Electric Industrial Co. produced its T.G.E. truck under the auspices of the Military Vehicle Support Act.
1922 December
Tokyo Ishikawajima Ship-building and Engineering completed first domestically produced Wolseley, a model A-9.
March
Ishikawajima Automotive Works merged with DAT Automobile Manufacturing Inc., and changed its name to Automobile Industries Co., Ltd.
1933
1934 July
The truck manufactured up to Ministry of Trade and Industry standards was named "Isuzu."
April
Tokyo Automobile Industries Co.,Ltd., the predecessor of Isuzu Motors Ltd. was established with capital of one million yen.
1937
1938 August
The starting of production, TX40 model at Kawasaki plant.
May
Hino Works separated from the company to form Hino Heavy Industries Inc. (Hino Motors Limited).
1942
1945 October
Production of TX40 gasoline truck and TU60 diesel truck started again.
July
Company name altered to "Isuzu Motors Limited" with capital increased to 150 million yen.
1949
February
Technical assistance agreement concluded with Rootes, Ltd. of the U.K. for the Hillman passenger car.
1953 October
First Hillman rolled off production line.
1959 August
TL 2-ton payload compact truck ELF was unveiled.
November
Fujisawa Plant inaugurated.
1961 October
Bellel passenger car was unveiled.
1963 June
Unveiled the Bellett passenger car and the KR compact truck WASP.
April
Established Isuzu Motors Co.,(Thailand) Ltd.
1966
1967 October
Introduced TM 12-ton class truck, a large rear-engine type bus, and the passenger car "Florian."
1968 October
Launched the passenger car 117 Coupe.
1970 April
Unveiled TR model 4-ton payload truck FORWARD.

October
Unveiled KS model 3-to 3.5-ton payload truck ELF 350.
July
Signed capital agreement with General Motors Corporation (GM).
1971
1972 February
Released the KB 1-ton payload compact truck Faster.
1974 October
Unveiled the Gemini, the first automobile produced in cooperation with GM.
June
Established Isuzu Motors America, Inc.
1975
September
Completed the construction of Hokkaido Proving Ground.
1979
1980 December
Unveiled the WFR Fargo series of wagons and vans.
1981 May
Unveiled the Piazza passenger car.

September
Introduced the compact four-wheel drive vehicle UBS Rodeo Bighorn.
November
Aska took the first place in the RAC Rally held in England.
1983 March
Unveiled the Florian Aska passenger car.
May
Hokkaido plant opened.
1984 August
Unveiled an Aska model with the NAVI-5, electronically controlled 5-speed transmission. (Domestic market)
February
Announced the establishment of Qingling Motors Co., Ltd. in China.
1985 May
Launched FF Gemini (JT).
April
The 50th anniversary of the establishment of the company.

September
IBC Vehicles Ltd. established in England as a joint venture with GM.
1987
January
Isuzu-General Motors Australia Ltd. (IGM) was established.

April
Isuzu's production of medium- and heavy-duty trucks (over GVM 6.1 tons) for fiscal 1988 was rated No.1 in the world.

October
Opening ceremony held for Subaru-Isuzu Automotive Inc. (SIA).
1989 May
A new type of recreational vehicle, the Mu, was introduced in Japan and the U.S.A. (Amigo)
1990 October
World's first super-compact electromagnetic retarder developed in cooperation with Sumitomo Metal Industries, Ltd.

Production of Rodeo (4-door UCS) started at the SIA plant in the U.S.A.
1991 January
Rodeo was introduced in the U.S. market.

December
Full model change of the Trooper
August
Isuzu Environmental Charter was announced.
1992
January
UCS (Mu) took prototype diesel class victory in the Paris-Dakar Rally.
1993 July
Introduction of the new N-Series
January
Trooper won in the Marathon Class and the Mixed Class and finished second in the non-modified stock-standard class at the 1994 Paris-Dakar-Paris rally.

May
Shatai-Kogyo Co., Ltd. merged with Isuzu.
1994 January
Sales of Honda Passport (the U.S.-built Rodeo) started in the U.S. market

February
Introduction of the new F-Series

October
The new C&E-Series (25 ton GVW) was introduced.
August
Trooper (Holden Jackaroo) won the 1996 Australian Safari

September
Omori Bellport office complex completed.
1996
1997 March
VehiCROSS, all round sport-utility vehicle was introduced in Japan.

May
Kingfisher 33, fishing boat started its sales in Japan.
1998 June
Wizard and Mu were completely remodeled.

August
Mass production of compressed-natural-gas-powered ELF CNG truck started.
March
General Motors raised its equity share in Isuzu to 49.0 percent through a third party allocation.

June
Isuzu Motors Polska (ISPOL) started its operation.

December
Isuzu and Hino Motors Limited in Japan agreed on collaboration in overall bus business operations.
1999 April
VehiCROSS debuted in the U.S. market.
July
Diesel engine production started at DMAX, Ltd. in the U.S.A.

September
General Motors Isuzu Commercial Truck, LLC was established in the U.S.A.
2000 September
Panther, the Asian utility vehicle, was completely remodeled in Indonesia.
January
Duramax 6600 diesel was selected as one of the 10 best engines by Ward's Communications in the U.S.A.

May
Isuzu's mid-term business plan, the "V Plan," was announced.
2001
January
Duramax 6600 was selected again as one of the 10 best engines by Ward's Communications in the U.S.A.

October
Isuzu announced the New 3-year Business Plan based upon Isuzu V-Plan.

December
Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. and Isuzu executed signatures on agreements to dissolve joint venture at Subaru Isuzu Automotive (SIA) in the U.S.A.
2002 May
Isuzu Pickup was completely changed in Thailand into the D-Max through the collaborative effort of Isuzu and General Motors.

June
ELF became Japan's first truck in its class to comply with Japan's fortwhcoming short-term exhaust emission standards.
January
General Motors decreased its equity share in Isuzu to 12.0 percent based on Isuzu's new three-year business plan.

Isuzu and General Motors established a new joint venture company called GMI Diesel Engineering Ltd. (GMIDEL) for powertrain systems.

July
Isuzu and Mazda Motor Corporation came to an agreement to supply of Isuzu N-Series light-duty trucks to Mazda on an OEM-basis in Japan.

September
Isuzu and Hino Motors, Ltd. arrived at a new agreement to establish a holding company to consolidate control over bus manufacturing subsidiaries of Isuzu and Hino.
2003 July
Total sales of Isuzu N-Series light-duty trucks powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) hit 5,000-unit in Japan.

August
The Isuzu D-MAX shipment for export to overseas markets produced by GM Thailand started.
May
Diesel engine production at Isuzu Motors Polska Sp.zo.o. (ISPOL) reached 1-million mark.

September
DMAX Ltd. (DMAX), which has started diesel engine production in 2000, rolled out its 500,000th one.

November
Isuzu, aiming to be "the global leading CV, DE company", announced the New Mid-term Business Plan that is positioned as a strategic stepping stone for the company's future growth and expansion, covering three fiscal years from April 2005 to March 2008.

December
Isuzu established Isuzu Benelux N.V., a joint venture company for CVs (commercial vehicles) and LCVs (light commercial vehicles) sales in Belgium.
2004 February
The Mimamori-kun online service, Isuzu's real-time commercial vehicle telematics system was introduced for Isuzu heavy-duty GIGA series in Japan.

May
The new N-Series light duty truck lineup, which included models that have complied with forthcoming diesel-emission regulations and have received official government recognition as "ultra-low PM emission diesel vehicle", went on sale in Japan.
January
LCV (light commercial vehicle) sales joint venture company, Isuzu Malaysia Sendirian Berhad, was established.

February
A sales joint venture company for Isuzu's CVs and LCVs, Isuzu Iberia S.L. was established in Spain.

April
Isuzu set up Isuzu Motors de Mexico S. de R.L. for import and sale of Isuzu's vehicles in Mexico.

November
Isuzu increased its equity in Isuzu-General Motors Australia Ltd. (IGM) from 60% to 100% and changed the name of the company to Isuzu Australia Limited (IAL).

Isuzu began sales of commercial vehicles in the Mexican market with the launch of the N-Series light-duty truck.
2005 February
Isuzu expanded the Mimamori-kun online service to its medium- and light-duty trucks.

April
ELF CNG-MPI (Multi-Point Injection) model, whose fuel system has been improved to the level of new long-term exhaust gas regulations was introduced in Japan.

July
ELF Hybrid model, a hybrid vehicle equipped with Isuzu's own hybrid system to cut emissions and reduce fuel costs in city driving started its sales on the general market in Japan.

August
GALA, a heavy-duty sightseeing bus was fully remodeled in Japan.
April
Isuzu and General Motors announced the two companies came to an agreement to dissolve their equity tie-up.

May
Isuzu established Isuzu Automotive Company, Ukraine, a truck/bus sales joint venture in Ukraine.

June
Isuzu and General Motors established a new joint venture company called "LCV Platform Engineering Corporation (LPEC)".

July
Isuzu entered local assembly and sales collaboration contract for Medium Duty Busses in India.

Isuzu launched commercial truck production and sales in Russia.

September
Isuzu established a sales JV in Germany and Austria.

November
Isuzu and Toyota sign basic agreement on business collaboration for the development of the small diesel engines.
2006 April
Sales of GIGA heavy-duty truck, which met Japan's new long-term (2005) emissions standards, started.

August
Isuzu announced new pickup truck in Thailand.

December
Isuzu introduced All-New ELF truck(N-Series) in Japan.
January
Isuzu raised a share of Isuzu Motors Germany GmbH in Germany to 100%.

August
Isuzu and Hino reached a basic agreement on jointly developing exhaust gas aftertreatment system and cabins of heavy-duty trucks.

Isuzu established joint venture CJSC "SEVERSTALAUTO-ISUZU" to manufacture and sell trucks in Russia.
2007 May
Isuzu U.S. engine plant DMAX built 1 millionth diesel engine.

Isuzu introduced fully remodeled FORWARD trucks (F-Series).

Isuzu and KDDI fully remodeled "Mimamori-kun Online Service".

July
Isuzu fully remodeled ELF(N-Series) CNG-MPI.

August
Isuzu fully remodeled ELF(N-Series) Diesel Hybrid.

September
Isuzu fully remodeled FORWARD(F-Series) CNG-MPI.
April
Isuzu opened a new plant in Russia.

May
Isuzu and GM established joint venture of commercial vehicles in Colombia.
2008 July
Isuzu provides CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) bus for "G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit".
May
Isuzu opened Isuzu Premium Club Hokkaido.
2009  
October-14
Isuzu Establishes After-Sales Center in Dubai.
2010  
  2011 September-29
Isuzu makes a full model change of the pickup truck in Thailand.
June-7
Isuzu Establishes Company to Produce and Sell Light Commercial Vehicles in India.
2012