Japanese commercial and sports utility vehicle major Isuzu on Wednesday said it would ‘evaluate’ its current contract manufacturing tie-up with Hindustan Motors, maker of the iconic Ambassador cars, once its own manufacturing facility in India is operational.
Isuzu currently has a contract manufacturing agreement with Hindustan Motors under which the latter assembles completely knocked down (CKD) kits of Isuzu’s sports utility vehicle MU-7 and pick-up truck D-Max at the Chennai manufacturing plant in Thiruvallur. Hindustan Motors stopped manufacturing the Ambassador since May last year.
Isuzu’s own manufacturing plant in India, being built at a cost of Rs 3,000 crore at Sri City in Chitoor district of Andhra Pradesh, is expected to be ready for commercial operations by April 2016.
Wakabayashi said the Chennai plant had a fairly large capacity and much of it was still unutilised. Mitsubishi’s Pajero Sport and Isuzu’s MU-7 and D-Max are being assembled in the plant.
Wakabayashi said the Japanese car maker would explore how this facility could also be used, but it had not taken any specific decision so far.