MAZDA AND ISUZU PART­NER­ING ON NEW MIDSIZED PICKUP

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The story of the Mazda B-Se­ries pickup is a tur­bu­lent one, a roller coaster af­fair full of suc­cesses and fail­ures. Here in North Amer­ica, the story ended in fail­ure as the B-Se­ries was a weakly-dis­guised Ford Ranger that got the axe when Ford de­cided not to build the mid-size pickup for the North Amer­i­can mar­ket back in 2012. Over­seas, the Mazda lives on as the BT50, still based off the Ranger, but a much more unique ve­hi­cle. How­ever, that re­la­tion­ship is com­ing to an end, and Mazda has cut ties with Ford for their next gen­er­a­tion pickup.

They have, how­ever, found com­fort in the em­brace of Isuzu, a com­pany they have part­nered with in the past to pro­duce com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles. The two Ja­panese-based com­pa­nies will col­lab­o­rate once again on the next gen­er­a­tion mid-size pickup, but that is all the in­for­ma­tion we have at this time. The ques­tion is, with Mazda free­ing up some of its ties with Ford, and Isuzu still sell­ing com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles here in Canada, is there a chance we could get an­other com­peti­tor in the mid-size pickup mar­ket with ei­ther an Isuzu or Mazda badge on the front grille? De­spite the like­li­hood of Ford bring­ing back the Ranger, it’s not look­ing so good for the Mazda at this time, how­ever we’ll keep a close eye on them for any hints of a re­turn of the B-Se­ries.

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