In 1962 30 per cent of all Bellels were sold with the diesel engine.
The Isuzu Motor Company have extended their licence (first negotiated in 1953) to build the 1,491 c.c. (78 x 78) Hillman Minx. This model is manufactured wholly in Japan, but a few items on the de luxe version, such as the central floor change and disc brakes, are imported from England. Production of the Minx is running at 1,000 per month. At the same factory, which is new and still not fully equipped, the Isuzu Bellel, introduced twelve months ago, is produced at a rate of 600 per month; this is being stepped up to that of the Minx and the eventual total production with the present floor space is planned at 7,000 cars per month.