While Isuzu has been producing cars since 1918, it really came into its own after World War II, when its vehicles played a major role in Japan's reconstruction. By 1971, Isuzu had formed a partnership with General Motors, and four years later, Isuzu Motors America Inc. was established. In America, Isuzu's biggest contributions were the Trooper and Rodeo, two vehicles that helped fuel the SUV craze in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
While slow sales caused Isuzu to abandon the US market in 2009, the manufacturer still maintains a strong Asian presence thanks to its quality line of heavy-duty trucks. Learn more about Isuzu's trucks and SUVs by browsing the models below. The Trooper is a truck-based SUV that became popular throughout the 1990s thanks to its spaciousness and off-road capabilities. Another pioneer in the SUV world, is the Rodeo became America's best-selling import SUV because of its tough, rugged image. While the Ascender SUV is an affordable alternative to GM's Chevy TrailBlaizer.