Isuzu Motors India plans to establish a factory in South India to make light commercial vehicles and sports utility vehicles.

Deputy Managing Director of Isuzu Motors India Private Limited Shigeru Wakabayashi told The Hindu here on Wednesday that the company had opened showrooms in Hyderabad and Coimbatore this year. “We have confidence in the Indian market,” he said.

The company planned to establish a factory in a south Indian city, close to the port. It had a production facility in Thailand now and the vehicles were imported from Thailand for the Indian market. In future, collaboration between the Indian and Thailand plants were important. It would take nearly three years to set up the production facility here.

The annual production capacity of the factory would be one lakh vehicles. Pick-up trucks would be one of the focus vehicles for the company in India, he said.

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