Following the launch of the 2014 Isuzu D-Max yesterday, Isuzu Philippines Corporation announced that the model is slated for local production. These models will be assembled in the Isuzu Biñan plant, and will be ready for sale in 5 months time.
In line with the production, IPC Executive Vice President Takashi Tomita revealed that the company will be making an "additional investment of at least Php 60 million" to upgrade their equipment to accommodate assembly of the new pickup truck. According to a source which refused to be named, the Japanese automaker has decided to push through with local assembly despite the lack of government support. At present, the Board of Investments has yet to release a new auto industry roadmap.
The initial batch of Isuzu D-Max will be coming from the Thailand assembly plant, and will be sold until the locally-assembled Isuzu pickups make their way out of the assembly line in Laguna. Today, 90% of the Isuzu line up comes from the local plant. Among those that come from the local plant are the Crosswind, N-Series trucks, and F-Series trucks.
As stated in our previous article, the D-Max will have the following variants with their respective prices:
2014 Isuzu D-Max 4x2 2.5L Single Cab PhP 697,000
2014 Isuzu D-Max 4x2 2.5L LT M/T PhP 857,000
2014 Isuzu D-Max 4x4 3.0L LT M/T PhP 1,153,000
2014 Isuzu D-Max 4x2 3.0L LS M/T PhP 1,144,000
2014 Isuzu D-Max 4x2 3.0L LS A/T PhP 1,196,000
2014 Isuzu D-Max 4x4 3.0L LS M/T PhP 1,398,000
2014 Isuzu D-Max 4x4 3.0L LS A/T PhP 1,457,000