ISUZU D-MAX: Story of a Reliable pick-up with truck DNA

Welcome to a whole new era in pick-up trucks. The ISUZU D-MAX – toughness, redefined. Encompassing aggressive styling and levels of safety – plus ISUZU’s legendary durability and fuel efficiency – the ISUZU D-MAX strives ahead of its competition. Whether it’s hauling big loads, powering through the work week, cruising through the weekend or going where the others won’t, this is one pickup you can depend on. Put it to the test. You won’t be disappointed.

Features and specifications shown here may vary in appearance and/or availability according to region. Please inquire at your local ISUZU distributor or dealer for more complete details on available models and their specifications.

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ISUZU continues to build a reputation for diesel engines since developing Japan‘s first air-cooled automotive diesel engine in 1936.
Constant technological improvements, innovations and indepth experience across the production of over 25 million diesel engines means ISUZU is an established global leader in developing capable and efficient engines for all kinds of application.
D-MAX Powertrain Genuine Performance

Steel timing chain (not belt) assures reliability

* * * In 2002, the D-Max was prepared for a world premiere in Thailand. This location was chosen because GM-Isuzu had recently decided to close their small truck assembly plant in Japan and move their joint operation to Thailand. The D-Max is available in various models. The Spark (single cab) (EX) is available only as a 4×2, with three configurations between cab chassis, long bed with power steering and without. SpaceCabs (extended cab), and Cab4s (double cab) can be divided into two major configurations: standard height 4x2s (SL, SX, SLX), and 4x4s (S and LS) with the “Rodeo” name instead of SpaceCab. Crew cabs are all sold with the same Cab4 name (Cab4 models became available late in last quarter). All are built and sold alongside the almost identical Chevrolet Colorado which had debuted in late first quarter of 2004.


Rocker arms with large roller bearings lower friction

* * * Engine choices for that year till end of third quarter of 2004 derived from its direct predecessor: 4JH1-T 3.0 and 4JA1-T 2.5.
Hi-Lander 3.0 (lifted 4×2), trim style became available in late 2003, and ground clearance equals that of the 4×4 models. There are only two cab styles to choose between. This makes Isuzu the third manufacturer in Thailand to begin selling lifted 4×2 pickups (after Toyota and Ford).

Melt-in liner technology strengthens the cylinder for longer life

* * * The ISUZU D-MAX comes from a lineage of the world’s toughest, most reliable trucks. Almost a century of truck-manufacturing DNA has gone into the ISUZU D-MAX to deliver a pick-up that truly redefines the category.
Interior Convenience

ISUZU’s ‘universal design’ concept drives development and inclusion of features that are intuitive to use, easy to reach and greatly improves occupant and driver convenience. The distinctive wider door arches on the ISUZU D-MAX make for easy access to the cabin offering generous head and leg room as well as comfortably designed seats for every occupant. An abundance of thoughtfully placed storage and cup holders complete the interior giving it a striking sense of design and function. In addition, state of the art features like touch sensor passive entry, engine stop/start button, audio system with 8-speaker surround sound and Bluetooth® connectivity all feature controls that are effortless to reach and simple to use. The D-MAX offers all of the luxury appointments expected in modern vehicles.

Instrument panel with multi-information display

* * * Hi-Lander 3.0 (lifted 4×2), trim style became available in late 2003, and ground clearance equals that of the 4×4 models. There are only two cab styles to choose between. This makes Isuzu the third manufacturer in Thailand to begin selling lifted 4×2 pickups (after Toyota and Ford).
In October 2004, Isuzu introduced the DDi iTEQ common-rail diesel engine family for the D-Max. The first engine to appear was the 3.0 4JJ1-TC 146 PS (107 kW; 144 hp), however since then, a design change in the front end of the car has forced engine alterations. Additionally, new MUA-5H five-speed manual transmission also introduced.


Auto air conditioner

* * * During the first quarter of 2005, a 2.5 4JK1-TC 116 PS (85 kW; 114 hp), the second DDi iTEQ engine, was introduced and offered as economical choice to replace its aging predecessor (4JA1-T was concurrently available for that year only). A mid-cycle refresh brought many models fitted with a new front bumper that incorporated an “instant spoiler” underneath, 4×4 models and Hi-Lander’s suspensions were raised up 25 millimeters extra.


Premium leather seat

* * * In 2007, Isuzu celebrated its 50th anniversary in Thailand with “Gold Series” models sold for the 2008 model year. The Hi-Lander Cab4 model with the VGS turbodiesel engine became available for the first time. The 4×4 models get a new front bumper design with chrome accents. Also added was the choice of a 2.5l 4-cylinder engine in LS 4×4 and Hi-Lander models.
During the middle of the first quarter of 2008, the Rodeo LS and Hi-Lander SpaceCab were also fitted with the 3.0-liter VVGS Turbodiesel engine to fill all the remaining gaps in lineup.


Power height adjustment

* * * In the early fourth quarter of 2008, Isuzu introduced D-Max Platinum models for 2009 to replace the outgoing Gold Series. LS 4×4 and Hi-Lander received new fascia; chrome on LS 4×4 and semi platinum-silver on Hi-Lander. Minor-modified headlamps and new fog lamps for platinum look. 4×2 SLX and SX derived fascias from 4×4/Hi-Lander (before Platinum’s fascia). Chrome fascia for 3.0 SLX models and color-keyed fascia for SX. Top heads of 3 DDi iTEQ engines changed from gold to platinum. Some models dropped 4JJ1-TC 3.0l engine. All retooled to be acceptable with Biodiesel B5. All SpaceCab models featured new middle pillars called Safety Pillar Cab; pillars and door beams larger and thicker. Not all Cab4 models received retooled rear suspension called Super Flex Plus suspension. Spark EX also received new gauge and indicator. D-Max Platinum models commenced on sale from 15 October.


Glove compartment and article storage

* * * In the middle of September 2009, Isuzu introduced the D-Max Super Platinum models. SL model was dropped. Highline SLX 4×2 models received same fascia and front bumper as Hi-Lander / LS 4×4 style, new 16″ wheels and newer styles of alloy wheels for SLX / Hi-Lander / LS 4×4, newer rear bumper, and new “Super Platinum” marque at tailgate. LS 4×4 models received skid plate attached under bumper in brighter silver, newer side step. Highline Hi Lander / LS 4×4 models have newer style blind spot rear view mirrors, and new short-plot antenna.


Passive entry & start system

* * * Features and specifications may vary in appearance and/or availability according to region.
Every year since late 2005 until now, there are several special D-Max & MU-7 models. Available exclusively only for a period during Thailand’s 2 largest auto shows and also other special Isuzu occasions. They were all unique yet never the same in each presentation. D-Max Smart models are such one remarkably special model set. Available in several occasions during 2008. This edition modifies SpaceCab 4×2 2.5 by special white pearl exterior color and optional equipment such as immobilizer key.


Electronic Stability Control(ESC)

* * * Features and specifications may vary in appearance and/or availability according to region.
At ISUZU, safety is always the first thought. Careful attention to detail allows ISUZU to deliver higher levels of active safety features. Intelligent cabin design allows excellent road visibility while Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA) and projector headlamps actively work to keep drivers alert to potential hazards and in control.
When combined with its tough, high tensile steel cabin, energy absorbing front end, side impact anti-intrusion bars and dual front airbags with pre-tensioning seatbelts you can be assured that the D-MAX is made stronger and safer for you and your passengers.

Dual front, side and curtain airbags

* * * Ever since Platinum models introduced, D-Max Smart models expanded up to 3 choices: SpaceCab 4×2, Cab4 4×2 and Hi-Lander 2-Door. These 3 models also updated as new Super Platinum models.
In 2009, a sport version of the D-Max named the X-Series was introduced, aimed especially for a target group of young people normally not interested in using pickup trucks. It was marketed as a “Lifestyle Pickup” and equipped with additional skirts and prominent red Isuzu letters at front grille. The wheels remain unchanged from normal model but came with gunmetal paint finish. Available in two-door SpaceCab and four-door Cab4 body variants with manual transmission.


Cabin constructed from high tensile steel

* * * Isuzu D-Max Model Line Up
The Isuzu D-Max is a pickup truck manufactured since 2002 by Isuzu Motors. It shares the same platform with several General Motors (GM) mid-size trucks in the United States such as the Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon and Isuzu i-Series. The Chevrolet Colorado name is also applied to a rebadged version of the D-Max in the Middle East and Thailand, although not identical to the American version. The original D-Max is sold alongside the Chevrolet Colorado in the Thai market where they are both built. In Australasia between 2003 and 2008, the D-Max was marketed as the Holden Rodeo, but has since been relaunched as the Holden Colorado. The Isuzu D-Max itself was also introduced in Australia during 2008, selling alongside the Holden-badged offering.

CREW CAB 4WD LS

* * * In 2010, D-Max and MU-7 Super Titanium models were introduced. It featured frontal camera, usually found in luxury cars, first time ever in Thai pickup, and are last model in this generation

CREW CAB 2WD Standard

* * * In April 2011, MU-7 “Choiz” are revealed at Bangkok Motor Show, with new alloy wheels and small changing of interior.
In December 2011, the MU-7 “Choiz” was Facelifted, with new alloy wheels. Available in 4WD,2WD 3000 VGS Turbo (4JJ1-TCX 3000CC. Diesel Turbo Engine) And 2WD 3000 Ddi (4JJ1-TC 3000CC. Diesel Turbo Engine)


EXTENDED CAB 4WD LS

* * * In late 2010, revised D-Max X-Series were introduced with new skirts and automatic transmission also available.
– Gold Series – Platinum – Smart – Super Platinum – Super Titanium – X-Series – Modern Move (only in Double-cab 4-door)
List of special edition of MU-7
– Gold Series – Platinum – Super Platinum – Super Titanium – Groove (use new designed of Kenwood entertainment system, standard rear DVD monitor) – Choiz


REGULAR CAB 4WD Standard

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In China Great Wall and Foday produced the models. In Iran it was produced by Bahman and SAIPA.
In Australia and New Zealand, the D-Max was sold as the third generation Holden Rodeo (RA) between 2003 and 2008, before being facelifted into the form of the Holden Colorado. This was a result of the GM-Isuzu split resulting in GM losing the right to use the “Rodeo” name. As with Rodeo, Colorado is available as either two- or four-wheel drive and in a range of body styles including single cab, space cab and crew cab. Power is provided by a range of petrol and diesel engines. Of the petrol engines, Holden offers a 2.4-litre four-cylinder as well as the Australian-made 3.6-litre Alloytec engine. The diesel powerplant is a four-cylinder Isuzu 4JJ1 unit displacing 3.0 litres. The main difference between the Colorado and the Rodeo is the revised body work from the A-pillar forward.


REGULAR CAB 2WD Standard

* * * Engine choices for that year till end of third quarter of 2004 derived from its direct predecessor: 4JH1-T 3.0 and 4JA1-T 2.5.
In the third quarter of 2006, the D-Max received a minor redesign and the introduction of a third DDi iTEQ engine, 3.0 4JJ1-TCX. This engine is a modified 4JJ1-TC, incorporating a new Variable Valve Geometry Turbo (VGS). The extra power warranted an introduction of new transmissions as well: the MUX 5-Speed manual and MaxMatic-III automatic transmission. All models equipped with Xenon headlamps were changed to projector headlamps instead. Also introduced was the new “Hexapod-plot” interior. Other DDi iTEQ engines were also tweaked a bit for extra power and efficiency.
During October 2008, the Isuzu D-Max was launched in Australia, alongside the almost identical Holden Colorado. Officially available in Australia as its own brand under the marketing name Isuzu UTE Australia, separate to the medium-heavy truck manufacturer, Isuzu Australia.
In June 2012, the RC series Holden Colorado was replaced by the RG model based on the second-generation D-Max body.
New Zealand
In June 2010, Isuzu Utes New Zealand became the official distributor for Isuzu D-Max in New Zealand.
Europe
In the United Kingdom, Isuzu UK is the official distributor for the Isuzu D-Max.
South America
Julie Beamer, director of GM Chile, announced on 5 March 2008 to workers of the only remaining automobile factory in Chile, that said factory would be closed down on 31 July that year. The only vehicle that was in production at the time was the Chevrolet D-Max. The announcement came shortly after then-president of Venezuela Hugo Chávez reduced the import quota for cars in Venezuela, the main export market for the Chilean-made Chevrolet D-Max, but GM Chile said in its official statement that the reason behind the end of production in Arica was the lack of favorable conditions for vehicle manufacturing in Chile and fierce competition from many other car manufacturers and countries on Chile’s car market.
Chevrolet Colorado
The Thai-market Colorado is smaller than the North American model of the same name and almost unrelated. In late January 2006, Chevrolet introduced a G-80 differential lock system as optional for most Colorado trim levels. This feature is not available on the D-Max. The Thai-market Colorado received a minor redesign in late 2007.
Late first quarter of 2008, Chevrolet also introduced Colorado 4×2 2.5 with diesel dual fuel system via CNG tank. Switchable between diesel (65) and compressed natural gas (35) as the divided aspect (65:35); moreover also can use diesel purely as well. Biodiesel B5 is also acceptable. Location of tank is on the bed behind cab. Available for two cab styles.
In March 2011, Chevrolet revealed the prototype version of all-new Colorado at Bangkok Motor Show, not related anymore to D-Max, shown as Extended cab with rear access system, and some of high-tech equipment, In June 2011, Chevrolet revealed crew cab in adventure concept at Buenos Aires, Argentina (this car also shown at Frankfurt Auto Show in September 2011), and in July 2011, a Holden version of crew-cab version concept car got its premiere at Australian International Motor Show, but the interior of this car looked like production models any more than 2 concepts before.
On 9 September 2011, General Motors (Thailand) opened the diesel engine manufacture plant, to make the “Duramax” engine, as the VM Motori rebadge engine (same as old 2-liter diesel Captiva) with 2.5- or 2.8-liter, manual and automatic, 2WD or 4WD. New 2012 Isuzu D-MAX Pickup Truck is the Chevy Colorado’s Asian Twin.
Isuzu has long abandoned the U.S. passenger and truck market but it continues to have strong ties with General Motors, which was once its primary stockholder. In 2011, the Japanese automaker revealed its all-new D-MAX pickup truck, which was designed in cooperation with GM and is a sister model to the 2012 Chevrolet Colorado. Albeit on separate occasions, both pickup truck models were presented in Thailand. On the outside, the new 2012 D-MAX features different front and rear end styling treatments as well as bespoke trim parts, while inside, the changes over the Colorado are limited to the color options and the instrument panel. The body-on-frame Isuzu D-MAX launches in Thailand with three turbodiesel engines, including a pair of 2.5-liter units producing 115HP and 136HP, and a larger 3.0-liter powerplant with 177-horses.
As with previous models, the 2012 Isuzu Dmax shares its ladder chassis platform, body construction, mechanical componentry and interior design (dash, centre stack, steering wheel and doors) with the 2013 North American Chevrolet Colorado. From A-pillar on back Isuzu Dmax appears to be a clone of Chevy Colorado but gets its own visual identity due to an aggressive angular front fascia with upswept headlights and a more conventional grille design.
Dmax uses Isuzu’s own engine and drivetrain. Isuzu’s iTEQ engine has been retained but has been tuned up. 2500 cc engine now comes in two configurations; normal turbo 87 kW power with 280Nm of torque and 101 kW of power and VGS Turbo with 320Nm of torque. If you want more power you can opt for four-cylinder 3000 cc 4JJ1-TC iTEQ common-rail diesel engine with VGS Turbo which now has the power of 132 kW with 380Nm of torque. Engines performance have been upgraded with Variable geometry turbocharger (VGS Turbo) and Isuzu Dmax’s engines pass Euro V emission standard. 2012 Dmax still comes with 5-speed manual but has unvelied new 5-speed “Rev-Tronic” automatic transmission with sport mode (2011 model had 4 speed automatic transmission). 4WD models have been renamed from “Rodeo” to “V-Cross”, and transfer case has been renamed from “Touch-on-the-fly” button to new “Terrain command” system that uses spin system to allow for seamless changing of drive modes from 4-Wheel to 2-Wheel Drive mode. Isuzu front suspension made up of independent double wishbone with coil-spring setup and a rear suspension made up of over slung leaf-springs installed above a special long span rear axle make for a comfortable driving experience. Ecuador is the only country where this generation D-Max is available with a gasoline engine, an Opel-based C24 with 16 valves and double overhead camshafts supplied from Brazil where the lower-grade versions of the Chevrolet S10 still rely on a flex-fuel 8-valve SOHC version which also served as a basis for the Vortec 2400 industrial engine.
Isuzu new rugged ladder-frame chassis platform dubbed “i-GRIP” (Isuzu Gravity Responsive Intelligent Platform) underpinning the new D-Max makes 42% stronger than its predecessors leading to improved ride and handling. The frame includes improved cross bracing at the rear, improving stability under loads and while towing, while also “ensuring long-term durability when used regularly in harsh environments”. Longer wheelbase of 3095mm – 45mm longer than before – is now standard on all three body styles. This is good news for double cab users as rear riders not only get more leg space but also more comfortable seats.
D-Max would continue to be offered in all three body styles: Single Cab, Space Cab and Crew Cab. Customers will also continue to have a choice of rear-wheel drive 4×2 and four-wheel drive 4×4 models. Space Extra Cab has laterally opening door to give easier access to the rear seat. Isuzu D-Max has an advanced safety package, with features including high-tensile steel, electronic stability control ESC, traction control (TCS), ABS, emergency brake assist, a number of airbags and Electronic brakeforce distribution EBD. EBD detects the payload weight and modulates the rear braking force to compensate. In ESC fitted models ABS now goes to 4-channel 4-sensor type instead of the current 3-channel 4-sensor.

The D-Max gets more storage spaces. Isuzu Entertainment System includes eight speaker comprising two large 6 x 9-inch front speakers and a roof-mounted Exciter speaker sound system replete with surround sound in the newly designed dash along with ‘iGENIE’ navigation system which include support for real-time traffic reports, and is equipped with standard Bluetooth and portable music player connectivity. It also comes with comfortable Flex-Ride suspension system; 2-DIN audio-video head unit with navigation-ready system; projector-type headlamps that provide 14% more illumination than their ordinary counterparts; side-impact steel beams; and rear camera and sensor.

Interior design in the D-Max is the same as the all-new Chevrolet Colorado, but uses its own upholstery, Standard 2WD models use beige cloth interior, Hi-Lander Z models come with black cloth interior, and Z-Prestige models come with Brown interior; 2.5-liter models come with cloth, 3-liter models come with leather, the meter are real changing, with added of multi-information display with support of Thai language menu operation, 2DIN CD player with Bluetooth and USB connection support or Kenwood DVD system (Changed Isuzu DVD-iGENIE Navi System in MY2013), Audio switch control, Driver power seat, Rear foldable seat (in Crew Cab models), also with over 10 position of intelligent storage space e.g. under steering wheel, over center console, 10-position cup holders
In December 2013 model year 2014 D-Max minorchange was launched with the sub name call “D-Max Super Daylight“, changes in the exterior include Daytime running lamp replacing the fog lamp and updated the rear lamp in L, Z and Z-Prestige model.
Available in 4 models line-up, 3 body type, 3 drivetrain; 2WD, High-ride 2WD (Hi-Lander) or 4WD (V-Cross) in Single cab (Spark), Space Cab and Crew Cab (Cab4)

Models line-up are : B, S, L, Z and Z Prestige. In 2015, The facelifted model was introduced in Thailand, factory codename RT85. The front fascia was changed with larger grille and new engine “RZ4E-TC” 1.9L debuted and permanently replaced the 2.5L from the old model. Interior remained unchanged from the old model except for some changes including newer 8″ inch infotainment system, newer TFT gauges, and cruise control.
In 2017, The D-Max was updated again in Thailand, with newer front grile and bumper with Bi-LED Projector Headlamp with LED Multifunction DRL, newer alloy wheels and some several changes in the interior for the 2018 Model Year.
In December 2012 D-Max in Thailand was launched Special model “X-Series” that look Sport Pickup available in three model SpaceCab Z model was called Speed model, Hi-Lander 2-door in Z model and Hi-Lander 4-door in Z-Prestige model. Exterior were decoration with strip line on body, the plate logo are in red color, piano-black front grille, skirt around body and black alloy wheel. Interior were change the color to black and red cloth and leather in Z-Prestige model and the Isuzu logo on steering wheel was changed to red color. Exterior color are only 2 type in black and white.
In June 2014 was launched new red exterior color in D-Max X-Series Speed model also called “Speed in Red” with Limited Edition only 300 units.
Market
Africa
In South Africa, D Max pick-ups are sold as the Isuzu KB. But as of 2018, the KB is now called D-Max.
Philippines
In the Philippines, the second generation was launched in September 2013. Isuzu’s plans for production will be temporarily in Thailand, and by October, the new D-Max are produced at Binan plant. In October 2017, Isuzu Philippines has unveiled the 3.0 TD “Blue Power” diesel engine, along with MU-X.
Thailand
The second generation D-Max was launched in October 2011.
Malaysia
The second generation Isuzu D-Max was launched in Malaysia in May 2013. A facelift was launched in October 2016 and minor updates occurring in February 2018. Multiple limited editions have been launched for the second generation Isuzu D-Max in Malaysia. The limited editions are the “X-Series” from November 2013 limited to 300 units, the “Artic” from September 2014 limited to 510 units and the “Beast” from May 2016 limited to 360 units.

China
In China, the second-generation D-Max was launched on 7 December 2014 by Jianxi Isuzu Motors. The engine is 4JK1 2.5 L diesel with 5-speed manual/automatic transmission in 2WD and 4WD model.
Europe
All-new Isuzu D-Max for European market use 2.5-liter twin-turbo diesel that make 163 PS (120 kW; 161 hp) power and 400 N⋅m (295 lb⋅ft) of torque, 5-speed manual replaced with 6-speed one
In UK, range are Single Cab, Extended Cab, Double Cab, Double Cab Eiger, Double Cab Yukon and Double Cab Utah and all except Single Cab use 4×4 powertrain as standard and featuring standard features like, 6 Airbags, Stability control, Daytime running lights, Rev counter, Air conditioning, Front electric windows and Immobilizer and pricing start from GBP14,499 on the road in 4×2 single cab to GBP21,499 on the road in 4×4 double cab Utah with automatic.
In Turkey, available only in single cab (only one model in range) and double cab body and double cab range is HT (4×2 manual), T (4×4 manual), Limited (4×2 and 4×4 manual) and V-Cross (4×4 automatic), pricing start from 48,700 TL to 76,700 TL.
In August 2012, Euro NCAP crash test result for Isuzu D-Max is 4 out from 5 stars and 83% of adult protection. In some markets the D-Max range consists of Single Cab, Space Cab and Double Cab vehicles available in three different trim levels: LX, LS and LSX. LX versions are only available with a 6-speed manual transmission made by AISIN. LS and LSX models have the option of a 5-speed AISIN automatic transmission.
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Datsun celebrates 100,000 sales in Russia

MOSCOW (Nov. 21, 2018) – Datsun celebrated an important milestone as its 100,000th customer in Russia joined the Datsun family. The customer and his family took delivery of their new Datsun on-DO from the company’s outlet in the city of Perm, located in the European part of the country, near the Ural Mountains.
To commemorate this special occasion, the customer received a set of exciting gifts including winter tires, a car alarm system and a certificate extending his Datsun after-warranty service from three years to five.
To further celebrate, Datsun is offering customers who purchase Datsun on-DO sedan or Datsun mi-DO hatchback by December 31, 2018 the choice of one of the three same gifts.
“Reaching the 100,000 mark is indeed a proud moment for us,” said Andrey Chirkov, head of Datsun in Russia. “At Datsun, it’s not simply about buying or selling a car, but the experience of interacting with the brand through quality service and special programs – both during the buying and ownership period.”

Offering the functionality of a crossover and an impressive suite of modern, reliable technologies, the Datsun CROSS is set to make a major impact on the Indonesian market. It marks the next phase in Datsun’s plan to bring personal mobility within the reach of a new generation of customers looking for a car they can be proud of.
“The new Datsun CROSS is more than just a car. It was created to become a partner fitting the diverse lifestyles of Indonesian customers,” said Eiichi Koito, president director of Nissan Motor Indonesia. “We’ve carefully studied the requirements of the younger generation to develop a car that will fit the needs of the trendsetters in the market.”
The Datsun CROSS is the result of the collaboration of a team of designers and engineers from multiple countries, including Japan and Indonesia.
The car gives drivers a full array of the latest technologies and technical solutions, including high-performance suspension, Xtronic CVT (continuously variable transmission) and advanced safety features such as VDC (vehicle dynamics control), ABS (anti-lock braking system) and dual-SRS air bags.
This multipurpose, multifunctional vehicle will be available at all Datsun outlets across the country. Additional information is available here: https://www.datsun.co.id/datsun-cross.html
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Cars without drivers scoot around Nissan plant, towing cars

December 5, 2016 by Yuri Kageyama
Nissan Motor Co.’s Leaf, with no one inside, scoots during a demonstration of their Intelligent Vehicle Towing system at Nissan Oppama plant in Yokohama, near Tokyo Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. Nissan Motor Co. is testing out self-driving cars at …more
Nissan Motor Co. is testing self-driving cars at one of its plants in Japan that can tow vehicles on a trailer to the wharf for loading on transport ships.
The Japanese automaker thinks the technology will, in the long run, save costs and boost efficiency. The tests also can add to knowledge needed to take such autonomous driving onto public roads.
Nissan executive Haruhiko Yoshimura said the automaker hoped to use the technology throughout the Oppama plant by 2019, and in overseas plants in the future.
During a demonstration Monday, a Leaf car with no one inside scooted along the road, pulling a trailer with three other Leafs on it, stopped properly for other vehicles, and then veered into a parking lot.
But one vehicle ran into trouble, refused to move and was not able to take part in the demonstration.
Kazuhiro Doi, a Nissan vice president, acknowledged such glitches showed a challenge unique to the technology.
“If there are drivers, they can take action,” he said. “Mechanical operations are all there is in a driverless car.”
Nissan, which makes the March subcompact, Infiniti luxury models and the Leaf electric car, now has just two of the self-driving Leaf cars.

Nissan Motor Co.’s “Leaf” runs with no one inside during a demonstration of the automaker’s Intelligent Vehicle Towing system at Nissan Oppama plant in Yokohama, near Tokyo Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. Nissan Motor Co. is testing out self-driving …more

* * * For all the vehicles produced at the Oppama plant to be towed in a driverless way, five more such vehicles are needed, according to Nissan.
People still had to get inside each of the towed vehicles to drive them to the proper wharf, but Nissan hopes that as self-driving technology advances cars will drive themselves into the ships, up the plank on their own.
Driverless cars are still not allowed on regular public roads in Japan, although major automakers are all working on such technology. Driverless driving is legal within private facilities like Nissan’s.
In commercial products available in Japan, the vehicles, with some variation of autonomous driving, can stop on their own before a crash or stay inside the lane on their own for highway driving, although all must have drivers.

Nissan Motor Co.’S “Leaf”, with no one inside, pulls a trailer with three other Leafs on it, during a demonstration of the automaker’s Intelligent Vehicle Towing system at Nissan Oppama plant in Yokohama, near Tokyo Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. …more

* * * Nissan, allied with Renault SA of France, has been carrying out tests with driverless towing since last year.

A Nissan Motor Co.’s “Leaf” with no one inside, is surrounded by the media, during a demonstration of the automaker’s Intelligent Vehicle Towing at Nissan Oppama plant in Yokohama, near Tokyo Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. Nissan Motor Co. is testing out self-driving cars at one of its plants in Japan to tow vehicles on a trailer to the wharf for loading without anyone behind the steering wheel. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

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—Nissan Motor Co. is testing self-driving cars at one of its plants in Japan that can tow vehicles on a trailer to the wharf for loading on transport ships. —

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