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From Bell's Isuzu SUV World 1999 March Vol. 3

The VehiCROSS: Magazine Publications
There were many articles written about the VehiCROSS, both as a concept and as a production SUV. Isuzu also provided several publications for and about the VehiCross, starting with the Japanese release and continuing with the US version (the promotional and sales brochures may be found in the promotions are of this site). This site segment will describe the items that I have collected over the years that are either editorial in nature. It is by no means complete, and will only provide items that I actually possess unless otherwise noted. The Japanese-release items are unusually difficult to obtain (at least on this side of the Pacific). I've grouped the items by Magazine Title, then release date (or you may change the sort below).

Publication Date Sort

Click for Details 4X4 Australia June 1999 (no.185) (AU)
Page 41, First Drive "Very Quick VehiCROSS - Testing of the Pocket Rocket VehiCross" Article plus pics of the JDM VehiCROSS in OZ.
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Click for Details 4x4Magazine February 2, 1994 (JA)
The Japanese language 4x4Magazine includes many articles describing the Isuzu VehiCROSS throughout its run, with this telephone-sized issue being one of the first. Page 230-233 provides some first impressions of the concept "All-Terrain World Tourer" with color pics and tech specs (did you know that the concept rear window opened upward?). Click Image at left for complete scans.
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Architectural Digest/Motoring (USA) 1999 Supplement
Page 83 "Area 51" ad.
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Click for Details Autocar & Motor November 3, 1993 (UK)
Page 10, Pics from the Tokyo Motor Show article entitled "Off-roaders take Tokyo by storm." Nice pic of the VX concept with Asian attendant. This is the United Kingdom's version of Autoweek, published weekly.
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Click for Details Autocar August 6, 1997 (UK)
Page 62-63, Two page article titled "Starship Trooper" that describes the Vehi-CROSS production vehicle, with color photos.
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Click for Details L'Auto-Journal 1er Août 1994 (FR)
Page 22 - "La Chine fait rêver les constructeurs" - Article plus pics from a Chinese Auto show (magazine in French).
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Click for Details Automobile February 1994
Page 102, the 30th Annual Tokyo Motor Show featuring a small pic and blurb on the VX. "Japan Sings the Blues, but for How Long?"
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Click for Details Automobile September 1997
age 73 "Sneak Preview '99" Small article and color photo of a JDM VX.
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Click for Details Automobile January 1998
Page 30, Revelations per Minute - the "Isuzu VehiCROSS" pics and article about the JDM VehiCROSS. Also pages 62-69 "Double Vision in Tokyo" - pics and article about the 1998 Tokyo Auto Show with several Isuzu prototypes.
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Click for Details Automobile March 1999
Page 70-71 Sport-utility Special article "Isuzu VehiCROSS - The future shape of the sport-ute is her now"
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Click for Details Automobile June 1999
Page 30 Color photo of the VX02 with a short article on the car from the New York Auto Show. Issue also has the "Area 51" ad on page 73.
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Click for Details Click for Details Auto Sound & Security February 2001
Page 74-77 "Ride the Lightning" pics and article about Scott Deley, managing director and founder of Lightning Audio's Isuzu VehiCROSS.
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Click for Details Autoweek February 21, 1994
Page 19-21 "Cross Examination" pics and article introducing the VX concept. Cover lists the article as "Isuzu V-CROSS Drive"
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Click for Details Autoweek June 1, 1998
Page 36-37 "So Bring It in Already! Isuzu hems and haws about its new ute" article about the JDM VehiCROSS. Pics plus article.
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Click for Details Autoweek November 16, 1998
Page 14-15 "VehiCROSS Culture" Pics plus article.
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Click for Details Autoweek October 18, 1999
Page 26-27 "Freak Show! You'd better like the way it looks" Pics plus article, in an SUV comparison issue.
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Click for Details Beasts from the East - Japan's Ultimate Performance Cars October 2005
Page 50-51 "Isuzu VehiCROSS - the Maddest 4x4xfar" flattering article plus pics.
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Click for Details Bell's Isuzu SUV World 1999 March Vol. 3 (JA)
This Japanese-market magazine features wonderful production values, full-color images and high-gloss heavy paper. One feature, "My Modify" describes a Black VX and its owner through 4-pages. Another article, "Special Impression I VehiCROSS" features 3 pages, mixed with "Special Impression 2 WIZARD" comparing the two vehicles through test drives. The cover is a close-up of the Wizard (JDM Rodeo) window, with the VX reflected in the glass!
Click for Details Bell's Isuzu SUV World 2000 January Vol 8 (JA)
This issue of the Japanese market magazine has a wonderful 4 page article entitled "Ride on the SUV No 7" - it appears to be a feature on Isuzu concept SUVs and includes pics of VX02.
Click for Details Car Magazine December 1993 (UK)
Pages 104-107 "Cross-country Runner" 4-page article on the prototype with interviews and color images. One of the best articles written about the creation and design team of the prototype.
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Click for Details Click for Details Car Magazine April 1998 (UK)
PPage 155 "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly", continues on Page 163 "Touch-Down - Isuzu's alien craft hits Planet Production" Photos and Article.
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Click for Details Car and Driver January 1994
Page 102, 20th Tokyo Motor Show, small pic plus blurb entitled "Isuzu Runs the Gamut From Beauty (refering to XU-1)... to Beast (referring to VX concept) in Sport-Ute Concepts.
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Click for Details Car and Driver July 1997
Page 29, 1 page "Up Front" article about the JDM VehiCROSS.
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Click for Details Car and Driver October 1998
1999 New Car Issue, Page 56, photo and blurb on Isuzu's lineup for 1999 including the 1999 VehiCROSS.
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Click for Details Car and Driver January 1999
Page 122, 2 -page "Isuzu VehiCROSS - Hey Jackie Chan, your sport-ute finally showed up!" Full article with pics of an Ironman and Astral.
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Click for Details Car and Driver April 1999
Page 79, 6 Page Isuzu "This is not a Car" ad also Page 102 4-page "Isuzu VehiCROSS - The ultimate expression of off-road rage." Full article with pics.
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Click for Details Car and Driver June 1999
Page 44, pic of VX02. Page 104 "We categorically deny any connection to government experiments at Area 51" ad.
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Click for Details Car and Driver April 2000 (TW)
Page 86-91, "Confrontation: Isuzu VehiCROSS vs Lexus RX300" - in-depth article with photos - unfortunately in Taiwanese!
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Click for Details Car and Driver 1999 New Car Guide
Page 34 w/photo ("Charting the Changes for 99"), page 191 w/photo. The example I own is a hard cover edition bound for libraries.
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Click for Details Car and Driver 2000 New Car Guide
Page 181 w/photo. The example I own is a hard cover edition bound for libraries.
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Click for Details Car and Driver 2001 New Car Guide
Page 173 w/photo. The example I own is a hard cover edition bound for libraries.
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Click for Details Car Import Guide October/November 1999 (UK)
Page 70 Specs, Opinions and Images of the 1999 VehiCROSS.
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Click for Details Car Import Guide June/July 2000 (UK)
Page 70 Specs, Opinions and Images of the 2000 Isuzu VehiCROSS.
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Click for Details Car Styling No. 98 January 1994
Page 67-68. Partial cover and interior article on the prototype. With color and black-and-white photos plus design sketches. Car Styling magazine are the epitome of auto design using very high print standards.
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Click for Details Car Styling No. 119 August/September 1997
Page 61-65. Many photos of concept and production models, mostly black & white with text in both English and Japanese.
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Click for Details Complete Car May 1997 (UK)
Page 8 Isuzu 4x4 Revealed - short article w/photo - mentions possible UK distribution.
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Click for Details Consumer Reports April 1999
New Car/Truck issue - page 46, short blurb with color photo has VehiCROSS listed as "a new model".
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Click for Details Consumer Reports April 2000
April, 2000 New Car/Truck issue - page 49, short blurb with color photo (basically the same listing and image from 1999 but on a different page).
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Consumer Reports June 2001
New Car/Truck issue - page 49, short blurb with color photo (basically the same listing and image from 1999 and 2000 but on a different page).
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Click for Details Consumer Reports 1999 New Car Buying Guide
Page 154 Isuzu VehiCROSS - this is an enhanced version of the April 1999 New Car/Truck issue with many more pages and comparison analysis. Look for an ex-library issue that has been hard-bound.
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Click for Details Consumer Reports 2000 New Car Buying Guide
Page 153 - Two black and white photos with information on the 2000 VehiCROSS.
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Click for Details Consumer Reports 2001 New Car Buying Guide
Page 149 - Two black and white photos with information on the 2001 VehiCROSS (different photo than 2000 Issue).
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Click for Details Click for Details Four Wheeler October 1997
Page 28-30 (two pages divided by ad page) - "First Look: Isuzu Vehicross - A new breed of SUV, looking to cross the Pacific" Photos, article and specs.
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Click for Details Click for Details Four Wheeler Febuary 1999
New Truck Issue - Page 54-56 (two pages divided by ad page) - "First Look: Isuzu Vehicross - Isuzu's First Sub-Compact SUV" Photo of the Ironman Triathlon one-off.
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Click for Details Click for Details Four Wheeler February 2000
4-wheeler of the year issue - Page 24 (article intro "Six Gun Salute - Four Wheeler of the Year 2000"), Page 34-35 "Isuzu VehiCROSS - First Runner Up" Article plus pics.
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Click for Details Geländewagen Magazin April 2000 (DE)
Sport Utility Vehicle Issue - Cover and Pages 44-45. Two page article "Anderen Stern" (aka "Other Side") with photos.
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Click for Details Click for Details High Performance Imports No. 21 (AU)
Page 76-80 "Dirt Track Frenzy" - multiple page article and images.
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Click for Details Motor December 1993 (AU)
Page 10 - "Off the Planet to Save the Earth" article on 30th Tokyo Motor Show, half-page pic of prototype with 2 paragraphs.
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Click for Details Motor September 1999 (AU)
Page 25 - "Quick Fang - Hot Cross Fun" 1 page article with pics of a JDM VehiCROSS.
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Click for Details MotorFan #204 Isuzu VehiCROSS, May 19, 1997 (JA)
This truly impressive Japanese language publication is almost entirely VehiCROSS, with interviews of the designers and Isuzu executives, pictures of VehiCROSSes, technical specs and cut-away renderings and more. This 80 page magazine has great production values and even includes a reprint of the original VX JDM brochure from 1997. This is a MUST HAVE for any VehiCROSS enthusiast.
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Click for Details Motor Trend August 1997
Page 20, Trends - "Isuzu Introduces Radical Sport/Ute" - One page article with color photos.
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Click for Details Motor Trend February 1999
Page 80, First Drive Isuzu Vehicross "This Limited-Edition Sport/Ute is a Vision of the Future... in More than just Style", Full 4 page article with pics.
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Click for Details Motor Trend February 1999 (alternate cover)
Page 80, First Drive Isuzu Vehicross "This Limited-Edition Sport/Ute is a Vision of the Future... in More than just Style", Full 4 page article with pics. This version has a different cover from what is usually seen (most have a yellow VW Bug).
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Click for Details Motor Trend March 1999
Cover and Pages 96-99, "Driving to Extremes on Hawaii's Big Island" w/photos. This unusual review actually depicts scenery and things-to-do while visiting Hawaii's big island. The visit corresponded with an Isuzu-sponsored event, where several auto-industry media types were invited to check out Isuzu's entry of the VX in the US. Great photos here (only two of the VX, but you wouldn't expect much more considering the article is actually about Hawaii).
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Click for Details Motor Trend May 1999
Cover and Page 56, Top 10 Sport Utilities for Most Unique Styling - "Isuzu VehiCROSS Ironman Edition" w/photos. Great Review.
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Click for Details Motor Trend December 1999
Pages 62-65 "Motor Trend 2000 Sport/Utility of the Year" and Page 112 "Isuzu VX-02 SUV Meets Audi TT Roadster" Full article plus pics.
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Click for Details Motor Trend Spring Edition 1999 Sport/Utility, Truck & Minivan Buyer's Guide
Page 36 Area 51 Ad, "First Drive Isuzu Vehicross"; Pages 60-63 Full Article and Images of the 1999 VehiCROSS.
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Click for Details Motor Trend Classic - March/April 2006
Page 110 Photo and article entitled "Future Classic: 1999-2001 Isuzu VehiCROSS - History's First (and Last) Fanged SUV."
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Click for Details Motor Trend Driver's Association Insider - Vol 1 Issue 4 Fall 1999
Page 2-3, 13 Photo and article "Sports Utility Vehicles - Where do we go from here?"
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Click to View Open Road (by R&T) Winter 1998/1999
Cover plus 6 pages. Full Article with color pics (scans are of an Isuzu-printed copy of the article).
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Click for Details Peterson's 4 Wheel & Off-Road - January 2000
Page 72 "2000 Truck & SUV Guide". Description and photo of the Isuzu VehiCROSS.
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Click for Details Peterson's 4 Wheel & Off-Road February 2000
Pages 28-29, 38, 4x4 of the year issue "An extremely fun sport SUV that's hard to see out of."
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Peterson's 4 Wheel & Off-Road - April 2005
Page 18 Photo and description of VX owner Billy Olliver's Isuzu VehiCROSS.
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Click for Details Peterson's 4 Wheel & Sport Utility Magazine - September 2006
Page 106 Photo and description of VX owner Brian Burr's Isuzu VehiCROSS.
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Click for Details Popular Mechanics October 10 1999
"New Cars & Trucks 2000" issue Page 102 Small photo and paragraph on the following page.
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Click for Details Road and Track March 1999
Page 85 "1999 Isuzu VehiCross - An adventure in Baja with Isuzu's sporty SUV".
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Click for Details RVMagazine 1997 (JA)
Cover and about 18 additional pages. Japanese language article comparing the VX to two other SUVs, with both color and black-and-white photos, specs and driving impressions.
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Click for Details Sport Utility Vehicle January 1999
Cover story "Future Vision" as 4 page article entitled "The World's Sexiest SUV... Isuzu VehiCross" (Image is from a reprint distributed by Isuzu).
Click for Details Top Gear February, 1998 (UK)
Page 30-31 "Beam me up, Mr Isuzu" - Many color pics plus article on the 1998 Isuzu Vehi-CROSS.
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Click for Details Truck Trend August 1999
Cover Story, Page 24, 4 Page Isuzu "Isuzu's Off-Roadster" Full article with pics on the VX-02.
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Click for Details Truck Trend September 1999
Cover Story, Pages 16-20 "Isuzu VehiCross - is the Market Ready for Performance SUVs?" Full article with pics with plenty of thoughts about the SUV market.
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Click for Details Truck Trend Jan/Feb 2005
Pages 94, 96 Photos of Dustin Reynolds' and David Sirkin's Isuzu VehiCROSSes.
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Click for Details Wheels November 1993 (AU)
Page 10-12, Tokyo Motor Show, VehiCROSS described on Page 10, interestingly, they used a photo of a VX2 instead of a VehiCROSS (probably a misprint).
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Click for Details Wheels January 1994 (AU)
Pages 76-79 "Wheels January 1994 (AU)" Isuzu VehiCROSS Prototype, report and photos of exterior and interior - great article featuring the designers.
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Click for Details Wheels June 1997 (AU)
Pages 42-45 "Live Cross - Isuzu's sedan - 4wd hybrid makes a surprisingly smooth transition from show car to production." Full article with pics.
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Click for Details Wheels February 1998 (AU)
Page 94-99 "A Lemon in Orange" This Aussie publication pokes fun at a 97 JDM VehiCROSS by taking one for a test drive in the town of Orange - funny review which outlines both the beautiful design of the VX and it's inherent impractibility (they try to put a bale of hay in the back - of course only 1/2 of the bale fits!).
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Click for Details "Hot Cars" by International Masters Publishers, Group 6 Number 19
4-page 3-hole punched "Isuzu Vehi-CROSS.. sports off-roader"


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