Mazda has announced a collaboration with Isuzu to produce the next-generation of pick up. The basic agreement sees the two Automotive manufacturers enhance their product portfolios. Mazda will be able to strengthen its product line-up, particularly in the pick up or light truck segment, whereas Isuzu will be able to enhance its product competitiveness. Mazda and Isuzu have developed a collaborative relationship for more than a decade, with Isuzu producing for Mazda trucks for the Japanese market. This agreement is expected to reinforces the continuous long-term relationship between the two automotive players.
According to the agreement, Isuzu will produce next-generation pick-up trucks for Mazda, based on Isuzu’s pick-up truck model; namely the popular D-Max Series and Mazda’s very own BT-50. The production of the next-generation pick up or truck will be handled by Isuzu Motors Limited.
Mazda’s one and only current pick up model is none other than the BT-50. The BT-50 model year 2015 is produced at Mazda’s manufacturing factory in Thailand. The pick up was initially slated for the Thai and Australian markets, then the rest of the world, except the U.S. Mazda’s sole pick up model, which debut in 2011, is defined as an “active lifestyle vehicle”. Since its introduction, the Mazda BT-50 has gained plenty of popularity thanks to its exemplary drive and highly functional interior and cargo space.
Redesigned in mid-2015, the sportier and more powerful Mazda’s pick up has maintained the versatile practicality and good driving aspects for its targeted audience. Thanks to a refreshed front to the rear, the BT-50 got an updated face at the front, as well as rear combination lights and wheels.
In addition, the interior has been refined to give the pick up a higher-quality feel and larger cabin space. The 2015 BT-50 is instilled with a rear-view camera, for the first time, as safety equipment. The powertrain and body-type line-up, however, is unchanged from the previous version. As a pick-up, the 2015 BT-50 takes up an auto cruise control function and the all-important 2L,4H and 4L switch. Safety-wise, the pick up is incorporated with full works of active features such as; Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), Traction Control System (TCS), 6 airbags, Hill Decent Control (HDC), Break Assist (BA), Anti-lock Braking System ABS and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC).
The next-generation Mazda pick up, produced by Isuzu, will be available for global markets, expect North America. Sales is soon to follow at a later stage.