The Isuzu Aska
was a nameplate used by Isuzu Motors Ltd.
to denote their mid-size sedan
from 1983 to 2002. Originally, the Aska was a version of GM's J-car
produced by Isuzu, but later, after Isuzu pulled out of manufacturing passenger cars, the nameplate was applied to rebadged Subaru Legacies
(1990 to 1994) and Honda Accords
(1994 to 2002) sold through Isuzu's Japanese distribution network.
The Aska replaced the Isuzu Florian
in Isuzu's lineup and was discontinued in 2002 without a replacement, as Isuzu withdrew from the passenger car business completely.
The name comes from the Japanese
word, "Asuka", which is the old name of the Asuka Village
in the Nara Prefecture
of Japan. Because the name "Asuka" may be pronounced `Ashuka` in European as well as foreign countries, the `U` was taken away from the name, presenting the model as the "Aska".
First generation (1983–1989)
The original Aska was developed as a part of GM's J-car
program and was a welcome replacement for Isuzu's sorely dated Florian
. Contrary to fellow J-cars from other GM divisions, the Aska only came in one body style, a 4-door sedan (the station wagon
body style on the Florian was always relatively unpopular). The Isuzu J car variant differed most notably in the rear styling from other J-car variants. From 1983 to 1984, the Aska was known as the "Florian Aska", before being renamed in 1985 as the "Aska".
The car was launched in March 1983... Read More