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 Post subject: New Zealand D-Max
PostPosted: Sat Nov 25, 2017 2:00 pm 
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Just got back from NZ. There seem to be quite a few current shaped D-Max's around Te Anau, at the south end of the south island. Further north, there seem to be less current shaped ones, but quite a few like in the picture, except most don't have the fancy back glass, just normal steel bodywork. It was hard to get pictures of them because they don't seem to get parked & stay still, they're always on the road moving. Look a bit like re-badged something-elses. Anybody know what they are?


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 Post subject: Re: New Zealand D-Max
PostPosted: Sat Nov 25, 2017 2:12 pm 
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Not rebadged, the original MU. Bruce, a member on here, has a great example of one. Honda rebadged them, so did GM.

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 Post subject: Re: New Zealand D-Max
PostPosted: Sat Nov 25, 2017 2:19 pm 
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So are you saying it was an actual Isuzu, MU being precursor to MU-X, and some ended up with Honda or GM badges?
I don't think I've ever seen one in Aust.
Quite a nice looking wagon.

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 Post subject: Re: New Zealand D-Max
PostPosted: Sat Nov 25, 2017 2:25 pm 
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Yep, 100% correct.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isuzu_MU

The Isuzu MU is a mid-size SUV that was produced by the Japan-based manufacturer Isuzu. The three-door MU was introduced in 1989, followed in 1990 by the five-door version called Isuzu MU Wizard, both of which stopped production in 1998 to be replaced by a second generation. This time, the five-door version dropped the "MU" prefix, to become the Isuzu Wizard. The acronym "MU" is short for "Mysterious Utility". Isuzu manufactured several variations to the MU and its derivates for sale in other countries.

The short-wheelbase (three-door) version was sold as the Isuzu MU and Honda Jazz in Japan, with the names Isuzu Amigo and later Isuzu Rodeo Sport used in the United States. Throughout continental Europe, the three-door was called Opel Frontera Sport, with the Vauxhall Frontera Sport title used in the United Kingdom, and Holden Frontera Sport in Australasia.

The long-wheelbase (five-door) version was available as the Isuzu Wizard in Japan, and in North America as Isuzu Rodeo and the Honda Passport. Opel, Vauxhall, and Holden each also sold rebadged versions of the five-door as the Opel Frontera, Vauxhall Frontera, and Holden Frontera. It was also sold as the Chevrolet Frontera in Egypt, the Isuzu Cameo and Isuzu Vega in Thailand, the Isuzu Frontier in South America, and as Chevrolet Rodeo in Ecuador, Colombia and Bolivia.

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 Post subject: Re: New Zealand D-Max
PostPosted: Sat Nov 25, 2017 2:44 pm 
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Bloody hell, everything's rebadged as everything else.

Mysterious Utility - I like that.

Isuzu's full name is Isuzu Jidōsha Kabushiki-Kaisha, which means “fifty bells pealing in harmony and celebrations.”

So all together, it's a
Fifty bells pealing in harmony and celebrations Mysterious Utility.
Gotta get one.

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 Post subject: Re: New Zealand D-Max
PostPosted: Sat Nov 25, 2017 3:08 pm 
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I am amused with all the Ozzies who were born to think Holden Holden Oldhen and to keep thinking that as they grew up. Those folk also argued the Isuzu copied the Holden Rodeo and Colorado and the vehicle was Holden to the core. The Jackeroo was an Isuzu too but Holden believers won't see it that way.
In the past there has been many on Holden forums belittling the Isuzu as stealing the Holden idea. Ignorant they is.
Holden is the rebadge KING of the WORLD. They did the same world over.

Holdens own designed products are usually mostly gone from the road long before Japanese vehicles sold at the same time begin to blow tail light globes.


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