Japanese automobile major IsuzuMotors is expected to start commercial production of its MU-7 SUV and DMax pick-up trucks in India at its Andhra Pradesh facility in 2016, a top company official said today.
After the launch of its SUV and the truck in the market, Toru Kishimoto, General Manager (Sales division), said the company has recently signed an MOU to set up a plant at Sri City in Hyderabad. The soft launch of the vehicles was already done in Hyderabad a few days ago at the International Industrial Trade Fair.
The sprawling 100 acre land would have the facility to manufacture both the vehicles and become fully functional by early 2016, he said, adding DMax truck would be manufactured at a location in Chittoor district in Andhra Pradesh, bordering Tamil Nadu.
Till then the company will import vehicles from Thailand. From the next year onwards, it would start assembling at another facility to be set up at Oragadam near Chennai in Tamil Nadu, Kishimoto said.
Priced at Rs. 27.5 lakh and Rs. 7.2 lakh for MU-7 and DMax, respectively, the company is yet to decide on the strategy as far as the Indian market is concerned, he said.
He added that India is a very huge market for these types of vehicles and the company would definitely capture a good market share in the coming years.