Even Isuzu Wants Out Of Opel
August 6th, 2012 1:05 PM Share
Opel, the sick man of Europe, just can’t catch a break. Even Isuzu wants out of its current arrangements with the ailing German automaker.
Just-Auto and the Nikkei are reporting that Isuzu will halt engine building activities for Opel (including the Meriva, above), and will end a joint-venture with General Motors. It was unclear how Isuzu would get rid of its 40 percent stake in the Poland-based diesel engine operation. Isuzu denied that it would pull out of the venture, or cut its workforce in Europe.
Published August 6th, 2012 1:05 PM
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I think Opel will be pleased. Those 1.7 CDTi diesel engines are horrible. Outdated and one of the worst diesel engines in Europe ('laufkultur', engine noise etc). Luckily, Opel will replace it with a 1.6 CDTi, based on the (Fiat) 2.0 CDTi.
Hold the phone... Isuzu still exists?
Isuzu is the world's largest manufacturer of medium to heavy duty trucks. They aren't going anywhere.
Simply astonishing that the Meriva isn't selling. Why, just look at how good-looking it is! Good lord...