The first locally designed Isuzu rolled off the production line


The first locally designed and produced 7th generation Isuzu D-Max bakkie rolled out of production last Thursday.

The first locally designed and produced 7th generation Isuzu D-Max bakkie rolled off the production line at the Struandale plant last Thursday.

This signifies the start of mass production by Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSAf) of its soon to be launched bakkie manufacturing facility in Gqeberha. This is a key milestone for Isuzu as this 7th generation bakkie is the culmination of a R1.2 billion investment in the company.

“The Isuzu Struandale plant and the next-generation Isuzu D-MAX program are crucial to Nelson Mandela Bay metro communities and the livelihoods of thousands of people across South Africa and Africa,” said Billy Tom, Chairman and CEO of ISUZU Motors South Africa.

“We are thrilled to see our significant investment in the automotive industry come to fruition and secure the jobs of so many citizens while simultaneously bringing to market a redesigned vehicle for African conditions.”

The investment was also crucial to ensure the plant was upgraded to include state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment. The Isuzu manufacturing plant at Struandale now has a new body shop at the Struandale manufacturing plant, a new chassis assembly line at the Isuzu plant at Kempston Road and extensive modifications to paint shop and general assembly areas.

Isuzu Motors South Africa will officially launch the Isuzu D-MAX on April 7, 2022 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Gqeberha.


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