Isuzu Motor India has marked its arrival in the northern state of Rajasthan by inaugurating a new showroom in the capital city of Jaipur. It is the company's 12th dealership outlet in the country and it also launched the MU-7 SUV and D-Max pick-up truck in Rajasthan. The new facility is located at the Divya Mall on Tonk Road, and was was inaugurated by Shigeru Wakabayashi, Deputy Managing Director, Isuzu Motor India.
Isuzu Motors, firstly, arrived in India in August 2012 with the launch of two vehicles. Its headquarters is based in Chennai, while it had a branch office in the national capital Delhi. Currently, the Japanese subsidiary has a contract manufacturing agreement with Hindustan Motors. Isuzu imports completely knocked down kits of MU-7 and D-Max from its mother plant in Thailand and contract assembles at HM’s plant in Tiruvallur near Chennai.
Shigeru Wakabayashi speaking on the occasion said, "As we are progressing and expanding our footprint in India, the new dealership in Jaipur, marks our entry into the largest state, which houses many industries. Therefore, we are confident that our vehicles, known for their ruggedness, durability and fuel efficiency will appeal to our customers.” The company is eyeing to have around 60 dealership outlets across the nation by the end of FY 2015-16. Currently, it has presence in Delhi, Noida, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Coimbatore, Madurai, Visakhapatnam, Tirupati and Kochi.
Reportedly, the company has signed an MoU with the Government of Andhra Pradesh and Sri City at Tada in Chithoor district to commence work on its production plant. In 2013, Isuzu had purchased 107 acres of land to start its manufacturing plant in the country and the work is in full swing with the plant to be operational by 2016 with an initial capacity of 50000 vehicles annually. News are also doing the rounds that Isuzu is contemplating to increase the production capacity to 1.20 lakh units in a phased manner. The company has made an investment of Rs 3000 crore in this facility and it is expected to generate employment for around 3,000 people.