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GM, Isuzu to Collaborate on Medium-Duty Commercial Trucks

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 6/15/2015 Kelly Pleskot
GM, Isuzu to Collaborate on Medium-Duty Commercial Trucks

Thanks to a new agreement with Isuzu, General Motors will re-enter the medium-duty commercial truck market in the U.S. after a seven-year break. Under the partnership, Isuzu will build trucks for GM, and GM will distribute them through Chevrolet dealers.

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Next year, six new models will roll out, including the Chevrolet 3500, 3500HD, 4500, 4500HD, 5500, and 5500HD. Each model is based off the Isuzu N-Series and will feature chassis lengths ranging from 109 inches to 212 inches. The trucks will be offered in regular-cab and crew-cab body styles, and according to GM, will be compatible with a variety of body types including a refrigerated box or stake/flat bed bodies. MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

Trucks made under the partnership will be the only low cab forward trucks in North America to offer a gas powertrain, according to GM. This engine will be a GM-sourced 6.0-liter gas V-8 paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Two other engines will also be available in the lineup, including Isuzu-sourced 3.0-liter and 5.2-liter turbodiesel engines.

GM stopped operations on its medium-duty truck line in 2009 during its dark days of bankruptcy. But now that GM is ready to expand its commercial vehicle lineup once again, it will find a familiar partner with Isuzu. The two companies have collaborated on commercial trucks and diesel engines for more than 40 years.

Source: GM, Automotive News (Subscription required)

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