Sayonara to the Mazda-Ford collab and hello to the new Mazda and Isuzu partnership. Car And Driver reports that though Isuzu left the U.S. consumer market in 2009, the manufacturer will indeed make a pickup truck for Mazda.
A statement from Mazda included the following:
“Mazda and Isuzu have reached a basic agreement on next-generation pick-up truck collaboration, allowing Isuzu to enhance its product competiveness and Mazda to strengthen its product line-up and maintain own-brand market coverage.”
That same statement explained that Mazda and Isuzu have spent more than 10 years developing “a collaborative relationship.” Isuzu has made Mazda pickup trucks for the Japanese market for over a decade.
The new Isuzu-built pickup will likely replace the Mazda BT-50, which was co-developed with Ford of Australia. The BT-50, whose current generation was updated last year, is now built in Thailand and South Africa, but Mazda and Ford will not be making a new one.
These days, Isuzu is best known of its D-Max pickup truck and its partnership with GM for commercial trucks and diesel engines, says Car Scoops. But all of this hubbub about the Isuzu/Mazda collaboration won’t have much to do with those of us in the US of A. Strangely, you won’t be seeing the new Mazda/Isuzu pickup—whatever it ends up being—on American soil, either. Apparently it will be sold worldwide, except in North America.
So when’s the last time Mazda sold a pickup in the U.S. anyway? According to Car And Driver, not since the B2000, aka the rebadged Ford Ranger.
“Prior to that, Mazda had supplied Ford with its first compact pickup, which Dearborn badged as the Courier, and also sold a similar small pickup under its own brand,” says Car And Driver.