Text: Aurick Go / Photos: Mazda, Isuzu Press | posted July 12, 2016 06:54
The pair of Japanese companies aim to boost product lineup and competitiveness
In an official statement, Mazda announced that they have entered an agreement with Isuzu for a collaboration on their next generation of pick-up trucks. Part of the agreement entails Isuzu producing the pick-up on Mazda’s behalf, basing it off the next-gen pick-up truck platform of Isuzu.
While the pair of Japanese companies have yet to provide further details on their partnership, all that is currently known about it is that Isuzu will produce the trucks for Mazda and that it will be slated for a worldwide release excluding North America. The aim for the new model would be an improved segment competitiveness for Isuzu while further augmenting Mazda’s product lineup.
“Mazda and Isuzu have developed a collaborative relationship for more than 10 years, with Isuzu producing Mazda trucks for the Japanese market. This agreement reinforces the continuous long-term relationship between Mazda and Isuzu,” both companies said in a joint press statement.
It is yet to be known if the result of this collaboration would be a new BT-50 based off the Isuzu D-Max.
Currently however the BT-50 is based off the Ford Ranger T6’s platform and is in production at the AutoAlliance Plant in Rayong, Thailand. Isuzu on the other hand assembles their D-Max at the Isuzu Gateway facility in Chacheongsao, Thailand.