Isuzu I 370

Not too far into the past, Isuzu and General Motors entered into a joint expansion project to produce compact pickup trucks. Isuzu intended to build a truck called the D-Max to sell in Thailand while General Motors manufactured its own versions, the Chevrolet Colorado and the GMC Canyon, to sell in the United States. Isuzu sells two pickup in the United States, the i-290 and holds a 2.9-liter four-cylinder, and the i-370 that has a 242-horsepower, 3.7-liter inline-five-cylinder. Serving as the up level i-series model, the i-370 features as standard a CD/MP3 player, a tilt steering wheel and cruise control. With the appropriate equipment, the i-370 has a 1,338-pound payload rating and can tow up to 4,000 pounds. Up to five riders can fit inside the i-370 Crew Cab. A center console is surrounded by front bucket seats. Standard equipment includes air conditioning, fabric seat upholstery, carpeting, a stereo system with a CD/MP3 player, remote keyless entry, cruise control, a tilt steering column and power windows, locks and mirrors. Power heated front seats, leather-appointed interior trim and an in-dash six-CD changer are included in the Limited edition. The Isuzu i-Series pickup truck line was premiered at the 2005 New York International Auto Show. The i-Series replaces the Isuzu Hombre, which has been out of production since 2000. Like the Hombre, the i-Series shares its platform with the General Motors mid-size pickups and is built at the same plant in Shreveport, Louisiana which also produces the Chevrolet Colorado and the GMC Canyon, which were in turn developed off the cab and chassis of the Thai-built Isuzu D-Max by General Motors, Isuzu and General Motors do Brazil. Sadly, the i-Series sales have been poor thus far, with just 1,377 units sold through February 2006. In reality, with the other truck manufactures already well established, it would be very hard for Isuzu to come in and make a difference.