Isuzu Impulse
Vehicle Make/Model Specifications:
Make: Isuzu
Model: Impulse
Isuzu Impulse

The only logical thing that can be assumed is that Isuzu must have thought that naming a car the "Impulse' would encourage consumers to buy without deliberation. Perhaps this worked, for the model stuck around for a decade. The Isuzu Impulse was a small sporty 3-door hatchback sold from 1981 through to 1992. The first generation Impulse was a rear-wheel drive car, but the second generation was available as front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. The second-generation Impulse was based on the General Motors influenced Gemini Coupe or Geo Storm as it was known in the United States market. The engine of the second-generation Impulse is the descendant of the Isuzu engine used in the modern Lotus Elan. The Impulse was also known as the Isuzu Piazza outside of the United States, including in the UK where it was the first widely available Isuzu. In Australia it was badged as the Holden Piazza, and sold by GM's Australian wing Holden. Within 48 hours of its unveiling at the Tokyo Motor Show, Isuzu fast tracked the vehicle into production with minimal changes to the design due to its overwhelmingly positive reviews. In late 1981, the first Isuzu Piazzas went on sale in Japan, available with either 120-hp 2.0 L SOHC I4 engine or a 135-hp 2.0 L DOHC I4 engine. Both a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic transmission were available, and all models were rear-wheel drive. For the 1985 model year, a 180-hp turbocharged SOHC I4 engine was introduced, and the DOHC naturally aspirated engine was phased out in the years that followed. Over the next few years a few changes would be made, although the Impulse really remained much the same throughout the decade until its demise in 1992. It would be hard to say how the Impulse would match up today in the saturated market.

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