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Isuzu Increases Production Capacity, Introduces New D-MAX Pickup in Thailand.

Tokyo, Japan, Aug 16, 2006 - (JCN) - Isuzu Motors Co., (Thailand), Ltd., has completed relocation of its truck final assembly line from Samrong Plant to Gateway Plant, completing a Thai reorganization that was undertaken in April 2005.

Pickup truck production capacity has been increased from 320,000 to 350,000 units in total, which is made up of 200,000 units in Samrong Plant, 50,000 units for Knockdown-based exports in Gateway Plant, and 100,000 units in GM Thailand.

Space vacated by relocation of the truck final assembly line from IMCT Samrong Plant to Gateway Plant, which is now engaged in knockdown export operations, has been utilized to increase the pickup truck production capacity.

Production of the completed pickup trucks for export to other countries will be granted to GM Thailand as before.

The company also remodeled its Isuzu D-MAX 1-ton pickup truck, launching the new model in Thailand on August 9, 2006.

D-MAX has established itself as the top selling pickup in Thailand, winning 2005 Car of the Year in Thailand, Best Seller Pickup and the Best Fuel Economy Pickup. The pickup originates in Thailand but sells in 80 countries worldwide.

Isuzu started local pickup production in Thailand in 1974, with cumulative sales of 1.54 million units. The D-MAX set an annual sales record of 163,153 units in 2005.

Isuzu Thailand has held top market share in commercial vehicles segment for 23 consecutive years and top market share in pickup trucks segment for 10 consecutive years.

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