Isuzu Journey

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Not to be confused with Dodge Journey.
Isuzu Journey
Manufacturer Isuzu
Production 1970-present
Body and chassis
Class Minibuses
Body style Bus
Related Nissan Civilian
Transmission 5-speed manual
4-speed automatic

The Isuzu Journey (kana:いすゞ・ジャーニー) is a minibus produced by the Japanese manufacturer Isuzu since 1970, and in 1973 in its current somewhat larger format. The range was primarily available as city bus and tourist coach.

In Japan, Asia, Middle East, Africa and South America, its principal competitors are the Mitsubishi Fuso Rosa, Nissan Civilian, and Toyota Coaster. The current W41 series Journey was based on Civilian.


The first use of the "Journey" nameplate was on the 1970 "Journey S". This was an Isuzu Elf 150 truck with a 15-seater bus rear and has a KA5#B chassis code. The Elf had been available as a compact bus since 1964 but was originally still called an Elf. This was replaced in 1981 by the more space efficient and lighter Isuzu Fargo series.

In 1973 the 26-seater Journey M (on Elf 250-basis) and the longer 29-seat Journey L (Elf 350). These have diesel engines of 2.8 and 3.6 litres respectively.[1] These engines were later upgraded to more powerful, cleaner units. A much larger (53 seats) rear-engined bus called Journey K appeared in 1972 and was replaced by the Isuzu Erga Mio in 1999. There was also a light duty Journey E, which is still made on Elf basis but with bodywork supplied by an outside firm.

The Journey L and M were replaced by a rebadged Nissan Civilian in 1993.

The Isuzu Journey W40 and W41 are rebadged Nissan Civilian.

Model Listing[edit]

  • BE/BL/BM Series (1973-1993)
  • K Series (1972-1999)
  • W40 Series (1993-1999)
  • W41 Series (1999–present)

Isuzu Journey-M[edit]

Isuzu Journey-L[edit]

Isuzu Journey-J[edit]

The Isuzu Journey-J is a rebadged Hino Liesse, available between 2003 and 2011.

  • PB-RX6J (2004)
  • BDG-RX6J (2007)

GMK (Chevrolet) BLD24[edit]

GMK (Chevrolet) BLD24
Manufacturer GM Korea
Production May 1973 - September 1974
Assembly Busanjin, Busan, South Korea[2]
Body and chassis
Class Micro Bus
Layout Front-engine, rear-wheel-drive
Related Isuzu Journey M
Engine 2.4 L I4 Isuzu C240 (diesel)
Length 6400 mm
Width 2200 mm
Height 2400 mm
Predecessor Shinjin Micro Bus
Successor Saehan BL064

GM Korea (Chevrolet) BLD24 was a licence made from Isuzu Journey M series Micro Bus.

External image
GMK BLD24 : [1]

GM Korea reentered micro bus division after taking over from Shinjin Motors in May 1973 which it continues to have the capacity of 25 passengers. This model also equip with the Isuzu's 74 metric horsepower C240 4-cylinder diesel engine. Only 121 were made before they discontinued on September 1974.


  1. ^ 自動車ガイドブック [Automobile Guide Book] (in Japanese). Japan: Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association. 23: 1. 1976-10-20. 0053-760023-3400.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ Daewoo Bus Global Corp.; Company; In Korea; Busan Plant

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