All systems working as first D-max rolls off Isuzu SA’s Gqeberha production line after R1.2 billion investment

  • The first locally designed and produced 7th generation Isuzu D-Max bakkie rolled off the production line
  • Senior officials, led by Eastern Cape Prime Minister Oscar Mabuyane and Naamsa CEO Mikel Mabasa attended the proceedings at the OEM’s manufacturing plant in Gqeberha.
  • This signifies the start of mass production by Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSAf) of their soon to be launched bakkie.
  • This is a key milestone for Isuzu as this 7th generation bakkie is the culmination of a R1.2 billion investment announced by the company in 2019.

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A momentous opportunity looms in the local automotive industry as the launch of the locally built bakkie Isuzu D-Max is imminent. In 2019, Isuzu announced a R1.2 billion investment to build the seventh-generation D-Max at its Struandale plant in Gqeberha and earlier in March the first example rolled off the production line.

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The latest D-Max is the seventh generation Isuzu light commercial vehicle that will be produced in Gqeberha over a period of 42 years.

Isuzu SA prepares the production line of the new D-max Bakkie in Gqeberha after an investment of 1.2 billion rand
Eastern Cape Prime Minister Oscar Mabuyane and Isuzu SA Billy Tom. Image: Quickpic
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Isuzu Motors South Africa will officially launch the Isuzu D-Max on April 7, 2022 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Gqeberha, quickpic reports. Nicknamed the city of Isuzy, the equipment manufacturer has commissioned the services of local suppliers to ensure the launch of surrounding businesses.

The launch of the D-Max production line at its Struandale factory saw the creation of thousands of jobs, HeraldLive reports. The investment was also crucial to ensure the plant was upgraded to include state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment.

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The company’s manufacturing plant in Struandale now has a new body shop at the Struandale manufacturing plant, a new chassis assembly line at the Isuzu plant in Kempston Road, extensive modifications to the paint shop and general assembly areas.

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In addition to preparing new facilities for the assembly of the new Isuzu D-Max, Isuzu engineers have been hard at work carrying out validation, homologation and durability tests in preparation for the introduction of the new bakkie in Africa. South and Rest of Africa (ROFA) markets.

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