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A salute to Isuzu in America

Joe Isuzu

David Leisure, who portrayed the sleazy car salesman in a series of Isuzu ads in the late 1980s and early ’90s, said he hadn’t seen an Isuzu on the road for years. “I thought they already had stopped selling here.” -- Ken Bensinger (Isuzu)
1985 Isuzu Impulse Turbo

The Isuzu Impulse was a small sporty 3-door hatchback sold from 1981 through to 1992. (Isuzu)
1991 Isuzu Trooper

The first-generation Trooper ran from 1981-'91. A diesel version was offered as well, and later versions of first-generation Troopers were available with a V6. Early Troopers were available as two- and four-door versions but it was the roomy four-door that became popular with American drivers. -- Edmunds (Isuzu/Edmunds)
2002 Isuzu Trooper

The second-generation Isuzu Trooper was produced from 1992-2002. -- Edmunds (Isuzu)
2000 Isuzu Amigo

The first-generation Isuzu Amigo was built from 1990-'94, and was discontinued after 2000. It was available only as a convertible in two trims. Base S models offered little more than cloth seats as standard equipment. XS models added alloy wheels, a tilt steering wheel and power steering. Options included air-conditioning and an AM/FM/cassette audio system. -- Edmunds (Isuzu)
2004 Isuzu Rodeo

The original Isuzu Rodeo was introduced for 1991 and was discontinued after 2004. Like its replacement, it was available with four- and six-cylinder engines and a choice of rear- or four-wheel drive. With its long wheelbase, this Rodeo offered one of the best rides and largest backseats on the market. -- Edmunds (Isuzu/Edmunds)
2004 Isuzu Axiom

The Axiom was a midsize SUV that was available in just one generation lasting from 2002-'04. There were two trims: base and XS. Base models offered standard features like full power accessories, air-conditioning, keyless entry, a CD changer and a trip computer. -- Edmunds (Isuzu/Edmunds)
2008 Isuzu Ascender

Both 2WD and 4WD models are available in well-equipped S trim, and with optional Preferred Equipment, LS and Luxury Packages. The LS’s optional Leather Package has been discontinued. (Isuzu)
2008 Isuzu Pickup

The Isuzu Extended Cab Pickup was available as an i-290 4x2 and as an i-370 4x2 with a standard 3.7-liter, 242-horsepower inline five-cylinder engine mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. (Isuzu)