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“After decades, Mazda has finally untangled itself from its relationship with Ford. The last vestige of that partnership is the BT-50, a rebadged version of the global Ford Ranger pickup truck. Once the BT-50 ends production, Mazda has announced that it will collaborate with Isuzu to develop its next generation of pickup trucks.

The BT-50 was co-developed with Ford’s Australian division. In their current iteration, the BT-50 and its Ranger twin were never on sale in the United States. Mazda’s last pickup in the US was the B-Series, itself also a rebadged version of the old Ford Ranger.

Isuzu pulled out of the US passenger vehicle market in 2009, although it still sells commercial vehicles here. Isuzu, continuing a long and complicated relationship with General Motors, co-developed the diesel engine that currently powers the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. In select markets, Isuzu sells a rebadged version of the Colorado as the D-Max.

Details on the Mazda/Isuzu tie-up are scarce. A single press release simply says “Isuzu will produce next-generation pickup trucks for Mazda, based on Isuzu’s pick-up truck model.” This isn’t the first truck collaboration between the two companies. Since 2004, Mazda has sold the Titan, a rebadged…”

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