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Isuzu looks to expand operations, eyes exports from India

Auto News - Published on Thu, 21 Jun 2018

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Times of India reported that Japanese pick-up maker Isuzu is looking to expand its maximise its manufacturing capabilities and make vehicles for export markets from India. The company which has a plant in Sri City in Andhra Pradesh has an installed capacity to make 50,000 units a year on a two-shift operation. Its domestic sales for the last year was nearly 5,000 vehicles, double that of 2016.Isuzu makes D-Max range of pick-ups and MU-X range of sports utility vehicles at its Andhra Pradesh plant.

Isuzu makes D-Max range of pick-ups and MU-X range of sports utility vehicles at its Andhra Pradesh plant.

Mr Ken Takashima, deputy MD of Isuzu Motors India Private Ltd said that“We target to sell nearly 8,000 units this year. We are exploring options to make vehicles from the India plant for exports. That is in preliminary stage.”

Mr Takashima said that the company was studying options. “We have limited export opportunities and we are studying it. We are working towards consolidation by making vehicles in India for exports,” he said. “Our priority is the domestic market.”

He said that Isuzu makes D-Max range of pick-ups and MU-X range of sports utility vehicles at its Andhra Pradesh plant. It is learnt that the company was exploring making D-Max for the global market. The Indian market is witnessing rising interest for pick-ups. He added that “There is a shift happening from the 1 tonne small truck to 3.5 tonne pick-ups.”

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Thu, 21 Jun 2018
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