Ridiculous Rebadges: A Chevy, a Subaru, and a Honda walk into an Isuzu-owned bar...

Welcome to Ridiculous Rebadges, a series of articles in which I go through and examine the details and circumstances surrounding some of the more infamous and some of the more esoteric vehicular rebadges throughout automotive history.


Today’s Ridiculous Rebadge carries quite a story...it’s the saga of a nameplate with four generations, three of which carry different manufactures of origin. The car in question is the Isuzu Aska, which throughout its nineteen year lifespan had its roots in Chevrolet, Subaru, and Honda. It all began in 1983, when Isuzu found it needed a replacement for the ancient Florian, first sold in 1967. After GM and Isuzu began hooking up in 1972, Isuzu found that GM’s J-Body platform provided the perfect basis for them to replace the Florian, and thus the first generation Isuzu Aska was born. Looking similar to most other J-Bodies (especially Asian market ones), the Aska provided what the others did not: a special edition package from famed German tuner Irmscher, which improved the engine a bit but improved the looks a lot. Therefore, the only images that seem to exist for the first generation Aska are of this edition. This generation of Aska was actually the most original, as most of the styling engines were Isuzu’s own, so it’s not too much of a rebadge...

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Chevrolet Cavalier (First Generation)

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Isuzu Aska (First Generation)

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[Image courtesy of Banovsky’s Car of the Day]


After the J-Body Aska, Isuzu found itself floundering for a replacement once again in 1990, this time without GM to help them (not sure why, as Isuzu was still with GM at the time...) Subaru, however, was looking for an SUV source, and Isuzu found that they could lend them their venerable Trooper (which was turned into the Subaru Bighorn, another rebadge for another day...) In return, Isuzu got the first generation Legacy to make their own...

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Subaru Legacy (First Generation)

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Isuzu Aska CX (Second Generation)

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[Image courtesy of gtplanet]


Finally, after that deal with Subaru fell through in 1993, Isuzu made its well known pact with Honda in 1994, allowing them to rebadge both the fifth and sixth generation Accords up until 2002, when Isuzu stopped passenger car production. What an ending to a lesser known automaker that still was respected for most of its days.

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Honda Accord (Fifth Generation)

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Isuzu Aska (Third Generation)

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Honda Accord (Sixth Generation)

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[Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons]


Isuzu Aska (Fourth Generation)

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Sources:

[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isuzu_Ask…]

[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GM_J_plat…]

[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isuzu_Mot…]

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