Jackaroos being discontinued???

Submitted: Saturday, Feb 15, 2003 at 16:53
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I have had quite a few ppl asking me if I was aware the Isuzu are going to stop making the Jack.
Has anyone heard anything official and if so where did you hear it?
Tim
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Reply By: Michael - Saturday, Feb 15, 2003 at 17:55

Saturday, Feb 15, 2003 at 17:55
Hi Tim, Holden say's Isuzi want to concentrate on making trucks, Holden think that Isuzi will have the J,roo made in some crappy country like Spain or India. The Jackaroo will go on, Cheers Michael
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Reply By: Savvas - Saturday, Feb 15, 2003 at 18:43

Saturday, Feb 15, 2003 at 18:43
Tim...

Isuzu have stopped making the Jackaroo/Trooper in Japan as it was financially crippled. GM sent them a cash lifeline however the deal included Isuzu stopping SUV production for North America and rebadging GMC/Chev SUV's as Isuzu. This included importing Chev's to Japan. So there's not enough volume for them to continue large scale production of SUVs.

What has happened now is that the Jackaroo in 2003, is being built in Isuzu's Laguna plant in the Philipinnes. This is a very small plant which only builds 15,000 vehicles a year. The same plant produces our Rodeo. If Holden pulled the plug on Isuzu in Australia, this plant will shutdown.

The Jackaroo will continue through 2003, but will not be around for 2004 as we know it. There's a potentially a Daewoo based replacement coming, now that Holden is Daewoo's major shareholder.

There has been some stuff in the motoring press towards the end of 2002.

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Follow Up By: Savvas - Saturday, Feb 15, 2003 at 18:45

Saturday, Feb 15, 2003 at 18:45
It's mentioned in this industry newsletter -

http://www.mellor.com.au/mellor/enews.nsf/edition/B2A31786F0293225CA256C8C0021B019/$file/2002.12.11_enews167.pdf
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Follow Up By: Member - Richard- Saturday, Feb 15, 2003 at 20:46

Saturday, Feb 15, 2003 at 20:46
Isuzu have a large plant in Thailand that will probably make all future vehicles sent to Australia, since Thai's drive on the same side of the road as aussie's do. Toyota are also producing their Australian vehicles in Thailand.

In May 2002 Isuzu released a new TF model (D-MAX in Thailand) and it is marketed as being built to an Australian Spec. It had about 32% of the Thai market and leads Toyota. Thailand is second only to the US in the sale of one ton pickup's.

You can have a look at http://www.isuzu-tis.com/eng/ for more details of what is being dold in Thailand.

Dick
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Follow Up By: Savvas - Sunday, Feb 16, 2003 at 07:32

Sunday, Feb 16, 2003 at 07:32
I thought there was a plant in Thailand, but couldn't find anything about it on Isuzu's websites. So I sent an email to the address on the website you mentioned and asked them where their Trooper's were coming from. They answered they were being built in the Phillipines. That Mellor newsletter I mention above also mentions the Phillipines as the source.

In SE Asia anyway.

Isuzu has also pulled the 1-ton pickup out of the US and is selling a rebadged GMC/Chev there as well. I tell you what, GM has screwed them over big time in North America.
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Reply By: Member - Richard- Sunday, Feb 16, 2003 at 11:25

Sunday, Feb 16, 2003 at 11:25
The Trooper is a very small seller in Thailand. The high sellers are the one ton trucks which you can see on the website I gave you. Their new models, the TF (D-MAX) development was a joint effort with GM and since the were built to an Australian Spec, I think they may be destined for Australia.

Isuzu have spent a lot of money in Thailand building a very big plant and also a engine plant.

They have a production operation in Indonesia building an Isuzu Panther which is a lower cost utility vehicle but not 4WD.

Dick
in Phuket Thailand
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Reply By: damien - Sunday, Feb 16, 2003 at 12:08

Sunday, Feb 16, 2003 at 12:08
There is talk that the current Jack will be replaced by the US made Tahoe.

Also, a gentleman that was highly involved in the design & construction of the Monaro, is considering buying the complete Jackaroo assembly line, moving it to Thailand or Malaysia & designing a brand new model.

Time will tell.

One things for certain - the Jack will live on!!
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Follow Up By: Savvas - Monday, Feb 17, 2003 at 08:31

Monday, Feb 17, 2003 at 08:31
Hopefully as good and unpretentious as the vehicle it is now!
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