Right now Isuzu isn't making any vehicles for the US. Axiom production
was halted in 2004 as was the Rodeo and Trooper. Only thing I know they
are planning on bringing to the USA is a truck. Diesels aren't sold
that much in the USA in passenger cars. I believe it's because of
emmisions regulations. Also, diesel fuel has become costly.
The Trooper's last year was 2002...but from what I've seen it lasted at
least another year overseas (namely Australia, probably others). :-(
I noticed this week that the local Isuzu dealership has gotten in 3 of the
new pickups. Haven't stopped to take a look...
I'm not sure what's up with the whole diesel in the USA thing...I don't
think it's anything to do with emissions. I think it's mainly a public
image thing - folks here think of diesels as being noisy, dirty, etc. Jeep
is offering a diesel in their Liberty this year, supposedly with better gas
mileage. Depending on what it is, it would likely make up the $0.10
difference between regular unleaded and diesel... I believe I would have at
least seriously considered a diesel in our 2002 Trooper had it been an
And why aren't diesels "sold that much in the USA in passenger cars"?
Perhaps it's because they're not OFFERED in the USA in passenger cars,
except VW and I think Mercedes finally has a diesel now. I understand
the VW TDI sells fairly well, in spite of being a VW.
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