I was always a bit foggy understanding when Isuzu started selling cars in the U.S. with Isuzu franchises. Was it '82 or '81? Was it nationwide?...or did they start on the west coast and move east. In that first year, did they offer the full line?...the Gemini, the Pickup & a Trooper? Was that all they offered? I have a '82 Isuzu Pickup magazine ad that shows an older generation Gemini super small at the bottom of the page. I never saw an earlier Gemini on the road, just the mid-80s era Geminis.
Here in the midwest, they just seemed to ease in and I didn't notice them until the Impulse came around and Joe Isuzu made them known to everyone.