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Version VII of Isuzu’s D-Max bakkies launched in PE

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa  – The first locally engineered seventh-generation Isuzu D-MAX has  left the production line here in the Eastern Cape to start Isuzu SA’s production of local launch.

The event was watched by the premier of the Eastern Cape, Oscar Mabuyaneat the OEM’s manufacturing plant in Port Elizabeth and the culmination of a R1.2-billion investment first mentioned in 2019.

Billy Tom, president and CEO of Isuzu Motors SA: told The Corner in a media release: ”The new generation D-MAX programme is crucial to the Nelson Mandela Bay metro and the livelihoods of thousands of people in SA and across Africa.

”We’re delighted this investment in the SA motor industry has come to fruition to secure jobs for so many citizens and bring to market a vehicle re-engineered for African conditions.”

The Struandale now has a new body shop, a new chassis assembly line, significant modifications to the paint shop, and general assembly areas.

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Dominic Rimmer, Isuzu SA’s technical operations boss, added: “We’ve made significant changes to facilities to accommodate new manufacturing techniques and new machinery and equipment in both our body shop and assembly line.”

Local engineers have completed validation, homologation, and durability testing for local and other African markets.

This D-MAX will be launched to the public in SA on April 7 2022 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium – the seventh version to have been produced through the 42 years of the company being in Port Elizabeth.

  • The Corner was not happy with the supplied image of the launch so has asked Isuzu for a replacement. We will add it when it arrives.

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