Isuzu Motors Ltd. of Japan used the Isuzu Aska as a nameplate to represent their mid-size sedans from 1983 to2002. The Aska was produced by Isuzu a version of GM’s J-car originally but later on when Isuzu pulled out of developing passenger cars, the nameplate sold through Isuzu’s Japanese distribution network which applied to rebadged Subaru Legacies (1990 to 1994) and Honda Accords (1994 to 2002).
The Isuzu Florian was replaced by the Aska in Isuzu’s lineup and was stopped in 2002 without substitute, and Isuzu left from the passenger car business totally.
“Asuka” comes from the Japanese word, an old name of Asuka Village in the Nara Prefecture of Japan. “Ashuka” is the pronunciation of ‘Asuka’ in European and other foreign countries, the model was presented as “Aska” and ‘U’ was taken away from the name.
First Generation (1983–1989)
In March 1983 the car was launched with 1.8 and 2.0 L gasoline engines and a diesel. A turbocharged version of the 2.0 engine which developed 150 PS, joined the lineup in 1985. Famous by the German tuner Irmscher, this version attributed a unique body kit and became a trendy object among some car fans in Japan. “Florian Aska” was the name used for Aska from 1983 to 1984, and then renamed as “Aska” in 1985.
Southeast Asia exported The Aska where it was recognized as the Isuzu JJ, and between 1984 and 1987 in New Zealand as the Holden Camira (JJ) in lieu of the JD Camira, produced in Australia, as the earlier Australian-sourced JB Camira cost badly in the market of New Zealand (nonetheless, the JD wagon was imported parallel from Australia).
From 1984 the Aska was amassed in Arica, Chile from CKD kits and was advertised in the Chilean domestic market and in Ecuador as Chevrolet Aska. Three tools came in Chilean Aska’s (LT, Limited, and Deluxe), with automatic or 5-speed manual transmissions and two engines. Both of two lesser versions received a 91 PS (67 kW) 1.8-litre coupled to the five-speed, the Deluxe fitted only with the automatic transmission and got the larger 2-litre with 100 PS (74 kW).
In 1989 the production was up to 108,512 and first generation of Aska then discontinued.
Second Generation (1990–1993)
The J platform only continued in American market into the 1990’s. Isuzu copied a short-lived alliance with Subaru as not having resources to develop a mid size car. As a result, Isuzu offered Subaru their Isuzu Bighorn which sold it as rebadged Subaru Bighorn, whereas Isuzu rebadged the Subaru’s mid-sized Legacy sedan as Isuzu Aska. Both companies sold their rebadged version in Japanese market. Another Subaru vehicle called the Subaru Leone Van was also rebadged as Isuzu Geminett II by Isuzu for a short period of time.
The EJ series was presented in both 1.8 and 2.0 liter displacement. The engine’s designs and pent-roof, cross flow cylinder firing chambers were SOHC and DOHC.
MPFI, a sequential multiport fuel injection controlled the delivery of 2.0 liter fuel and modified fuel delivery system with single point throttle body fuel injection called SPFI used by 1.8 liter engine. Non turbocharged engine the DOHC 2.0 had a double stage intake manifold.
An optional system Subaru’s AWD offered this 2.0 liter car whereas the 1.8 came with FWD only. This was only ever presented with four-door saloon bodywork among Aska’s.
Third (1994–1997) and Fourth (1998–2002) Generation
Soon Isuzu appeared as more extensive model-exchange deal with Honda. As other models it also included the rebadging of the Honda Accord sedan as the Isuzu Aska. This preceded the third generation Aska with the fifth generation Accord and the fourth was the sixth generation Accord sedan. The Aska continued as a Japanese-only model and terminated in 2002.