BELLEL 2000 Diesel Model PSD10
Isuzu raised the ratio of parts and components produced locally in Japan after the Hillman Minx was released and used all the techniques learned in the process and developed this six-seater passenger vehicle by itself.
Unlike the Hillman which was modified from a four-seater car to six-seater without changing the body size, the BELLEL increased the size of its body so that six persons could enjoy a comfortable ride.
The unconventional design featured straight lines that were reflected in the tail lamps that had triangular shapes.
The engine types included a 2L diesel engine, 1.5L gasoline engine and 2L gasoline engine.
The BELLEL won the 1962 Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers Award and was praised as “a product of unique and excellent engineering” and a pioneer of diesel passenger vehicles in Japan.
|Type||Water-cooled inline 4-cylinder|
|Maximum output||55 PS (41 kW)|
|Overall length||4,485 mm|
|Overall width||1,690 mm|
|Overall height||1,493 mm|
|Complete vehicle curb weight||1,230 kg|
|Riding capacity||6 people|
1962 Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers Award
The best 240 automotive technologies of Japan, Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan, Inc.
Origin of a name
The company name Isuzu derives from the Isuzu River: "Isu" meaning “fifty” and "suzu" meaning “bell.” BELLEL is a combination of BELL and L which is 50 in Latin. Instead of the letter L only, EL was added to BELL to make the word sound more elegant.