A few years ago the commercial and industrial relationship between Ford y Mazda. Since then, each brand has worked on its own projects and associations, except for one link that is still in force: the pick-up. BT 50. As is known, it uses the mechanical basis of the Ford Ranger and it is produced together in the plant that the Oval brand owns in Thailand.
This unique bond between the two companies will no longer be such from the next generation of this truck. Mazda announced in 2016 that the new BT-50 would be built on the basis of the Isuzu D-Max, which arrived in Argentina at the beginning of last year and which in other Latin American countries was marketed with the logo of Chevrolet.
Well, here we have another well-known rupture: that of the agreement between Isuzu and the General Motors for the aforementioned pick-up, as demonstrated by the Moño brand by continuing with the development of its own medium pick-up, S10 (in other countries known as Colorado).
Isuzu did its job: it developed the eighth generation of the D-Max and introduced it in Thailand towards the end of last year, which marked the beginning of the internationalization of the model towards markets in Southeast Asia and Oceania. In the run-up to its appearance in Australia, one of the world's largest truck markets, some details of the future Mazda BT-50 were also unveiled.
The specialized Australian medium CarsGuide indicates that more than working on a model with its own identity, Mazda decided to buy a ready product from Isuzu and tested to save money and continue your successful business strategy. From Mazda they did not say much about the new model, other than to point out that it will look totally different from the D-Max and its current generation by having a position "More aggressive and muscular", according to the words of Ikuo Maeda, the brand's designer, during the last Tokyo Show.
It is known that it should appear later this year or in the first half of the next, sharing not only the new chassis, but also the two mechanical options turbodiesel: a 3.0 L with 190 CV and 450 Nm of torque, and a 1.9 L with 150 CV and 350 Nm. Both engines are associated with six-speed transmissions, manual and automatic respectively, and a single or integral traction with electronic locking differential on the rear axle and an aluminum cardan shaft.
In Argentina, Mazda had a presence until the early 2000s when the economic crisis devastated the brand that was managed by Ford Argentina. Curiously, while here it had small volumes, in the last decade it grew strongly in Latin America and this means that from time to time there is talk of its return to our country.
Although the current context is not the best, in addition to its cars, the brand has a wide range of SUVs ideal to enter our market.
Unfortunately the break with Ford would not allow the pick-up to be produced locally. A shame now that we know that the agreement to produce the new generation of the VW Amarok at the Pacheco Oval plant was broken.