Isuzu Motors India has suspended sales of their vehicles, extended service schedules for all customers, and has decided to postpone the launch of their BSVI models
Isuzu is one of the few remaining carmakers in India that don’t have any BSVI-compliant vehicle in their arsenal. Now, with the current novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and country-wide lockdown, the company has decided not to introduce any new models in the Indian market.
Isuzu has postponed the launch of its BSVI lineup
Isuzu has confirmed that the launch of the D-Max, V-Cross, and MU-X will now take place later this year, probably between in July or August. The company was also readying the D-Max V-Cross facelift for our market, the flagship of the company’s line-up in India. Although this move is a little too regressive, it is also extremely smart. The sales slowdown in the auto sector has only worsened, and as long as the lockdown continues and the Covid-19 scare remains, there would be no point of introducing any new cars. Waiting this period out would not only help keep the anticipation for the vehicles alive, but it would also help reduce the inventory costs for the dealerships.
2020 Isuzu D-Max facelift launch delayed in India
The Japanese carmaker has also announced the extension of service intervals and warranty for its existing customers. People who had service scheduled for their Isuzu vehicle in March and April of 2020 can avail the same at till the end of May 2020. Isuzu isn’t the only one to do so. In fact, Maruti Suzuki has also offered to extend free service and warranty by nearly three months. This would help maintain the norms of social distancing.
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Considering the possibility of the extension of the lockdown in India, Isuzu might even delay the launch further, maybe even towards the end of this year. That, however, could spell disaster for not only Isuzu, but the entire Indian auto industry. If the sales slump continues, recovery for the auto sector might become extremely difficult. Top analysts have already predicted that recovery might be extremely slow, and Maruti Suzuki doesn’t have big hopes from the market in the coming fiscal year.