By Abdul Kerimkhanov
The Samarkand Automobile Plant plans to launch production of the Isuzu D-MAX pickup, Podrobno.uz reports.
This was reported by representatives of the Japanese company Itochu during a solemn ceremony in connection with the twentieth anniversary of the creation of the Samarkand Automobile Plant.
The history of the existence of Isuzu D-Max begins in 2002. The Japanese company has developed this full-size pickup with the active participation of the American concern General Motors.
Among the main advantages of D-Max is the reliability and simplicity of design, plus adaptation to our conditions. Basic pickup includes crankcase and transfer case protection, 16-inch steel wheels, ESP, front and side airbags, curtain airbags, audio equipment, air conditioning and power windows.
In normal mode, the D-Max has a drive only to the rear wheels. In difficult road conditions - for example, on snow or on a muddy primer - with one touch of a button you can connect the front axle.
Over rough terrain, on the road with large potholes, mounds and pits Isuzu sneaks quietly, very confidently, without unnecessary jerks and twitching. The large ground clearance allows the D-Max to feel like a king on the roads.
GM Uzbekistan at the end of the third quarter of this year will present two new models - Sport Utility Vehicle in the SUV segment.
With the cooperation of the Uzavtosanoat association with the Turkish Kochholding company, the SamKochavto automobile plant was commissioned in Samarkand in 1999.
Since 2006, the plant, together with Japan, has launched the production of Isuzu buses and small trucks and became known as SamAvto. SamAvto produces more than 30 types of vehicles.
In the future, the share of local production in the production of cars should be 56 percent, and trucks - 44 percent. This testifies to the fact that today, the machine-building industry of the country has a solid basis, and a bright prospect awaits it.
The Isuzu D-Max is a pickup truck manufactured by Isuzu Motors since 2002. It shares the same platform with several General Motors (GM) mid-size trucks in the United States such as the Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon and Isuzu i-Series. The Chevrolet Colorado name is also applied to a rebadged version of the D-Max in the Middle East and Thailand, although not identical to the American version.
The original D-Max is sold alongside the Chevrolet Colorado in the Thai market where they are both built. In Australasia, the D-Max was marketed as the Holden Rodeo between 2003 and 2008 but has since been relaunched as the Holden Colorado. The Isuzu D-Max itself was also introduced in Australia during 2008, selling alongside the Holden-badged offering.
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