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Isuzu

Isuzu

Isuzu Company is one of the first Japanese car companies, and one of the world's largest manufacturers of trucks. Its history began in 1916 when industry group "Tokyo Isikavadzima Shilbilding Company" was formed, and production of automobiles was within the scope of its activity. Tokio Ishikawadzima Shipbuilding Co. released trucks production in 1918 and passenger cars in 1922. In 1934 the company was named in honor of the Isuzu which is one of the rivers in Japan.

In 1998 under influence of crisis the Company terminates passenger cars production. Besides, Frontera terrain was issued for Opel. The newest development basing on the Trooper was Isuzu VehiCross - 5-seat offroadster with length of 4.13 m and fixed full drive. The engine is the same as for Opel Monterey car, i.e .6-cylinder V-type engine of 3.2 liters with 4 camshafts and of 215 hp power. As per manufacturer's data, compact offroadster equipped with this engine accelerates up to 170 km/h. This car is intended for sale on European market under Opel and Vauxhall brands.

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