Isuzu D-Max production ramps up again after temporary shutdown

The Isuzu D-Max is back on line sooner than expected after a parts shortage due to COVID-19 caused an interruption to production.

Production of the new Isuzu D-Max is ramping back up again after a parts shortage temporarily interrupted supply of Australian models.

Earlier this month, Isuzu Ute Australia issued an urgent bulletin to dealers and wrote to customers to apologise for an unexpected delay in production at its Thailand factory due to a critical component not being available out of Europe.

Isuzu’s initial forecast was that the new Isuzu D-Max could be out of production for up to three months.

While the exact part at the centre of the production delay is still unknown, the shortage only affected Australia-bound versions of the new Isuzu D-Max ute.

Oddly, the new Mazda BT-50 ute – the identical twin under the skin to the new Isuzu D-Max – was not affected by the parts shortage.

On the contrary, Mazda ordered the new BT-50 in bulk at the start of production and most Australian dealers can deliver most models immediately.

The drama came at a bad time for Isuzu. The company already had a wait time of up to three months for some variants of the new D-Max.

With the interruption to production, the delivery time for the new Isuzu D-Max was expected to blow out to between three and six months due to the three-month delay.

However, the issue has been resolved sooner than expected and Isuzu is now ramping up production of the new D-Max.

We have contacted Isuzu Ute Australia to find out what the likely waiting time will be if a customer orders a new D-Max today. We will update this story with Isuzu’s response.

Regarding the initial pause in production, a statement from Isuzu Ute Australia issued earlier this month said: “Due to unforeseen circumstances, Isuzu Ute Australia regrettably advises that production of the (new) Isuzu D-Max has been temporarily put on hold. The unfortunate pause in vehicle production is related to one of our key component suppliers in Europe (producing unique components for our Australian-specification D-Max) has had to temporally close their manufacturing plant due to COVID-19. As a result we have had to suspend our D-MAX production in Thailand for up to three months, with a tentative recommencement of vehicle production of February 2021.” Isuzu said the pause in production does not affect the MU-X SUV.”

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