Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Mazda's next-generation pickup to be based on Isuzu's next-generation model

Mazda has revealed that it is working with Isuzu for the development of its next-generation pickup truck which, in turn, will be based on the latter's next-generation pickup truck as well.

The arrangement isn't new, at least in Mazda's case, since the current Mazda BT-50 pickup shares the same platform with the Ford Ranger as both models were developed when the Japanese carmaker was still under Ford's corporate umbrella. With the American carmaker divesting its interests in Mazda following the world financial crisis in 2008, it seems the Japanese brand was on the lookout for a collaborator for the BT-50's successor, which it has apparently found in Isuzu.

Mazda's collaboration with Isuzu though isn't new since both brands have supposedly been working together for more than 10 years, with the latter reportedly producing the former's trucks for the Japanese market.

Although Mazda wouldn't say when its next-generation pickup will go on sale, it did confirm that it will be sold "worldwide except North America."

Since commercial vehicles like pickup trucks are known as Isuzu's specialty, we're very eager to see what the collaboration between Mazda and Isuzu would be like.

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