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General Motors and Isuzu Motors Ltd. will get together for another joint venture to start developing new pickups together for emerging markets.  The JV, called LCV Platform Engineering Corp., has worked together successfully before on pickup development and production, and despite GM having sold off much of its Japanese investments (Isuzu, Suzuki, Subaru, etc.), the company says the work it has done with Isuzu to develop and produce pickups should continue due to its success in the past.

LCV Platform Engineering Corp. is a 50-50 joint venture between General Motors and Isuzu based in Fujisawa, Japan. The arrangement and accompanying facilities should be ready to go in September of this year.

[Source: Associated Press via the Detroit Free Press]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Just out of curiosity, John, have you driven the H3? It felt pretty gutless to me when I drove one. Its five-cylinder (like most) feels "rubber-band"-y off the line--no torque, then a big swell of it--and then all power fades by 4,500 rpm. It sounds strained, too. Hardly a burly truck motor.

      Like risingsun, I'm not sure GM should be touting the "success" of the Colorado/Canyon/i-Series. They suffer the same unsatisfying power-delivery issues, and the new Frontier and Tacoma make the interior look (and feel) pretty shabby. They steer pretty nicely for a truck, but don't really stand out in any way on-road.

      Of course, I don't know their sales figures off-hand. Anyone know if they're selling well (fleet sales don't count)?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I hope folks realize the venture is to make trucks for "emerging" markets before they bash GM.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The manual transmission in the Canyon and Colorado may suck, its built by Aisin of Japan, which is partly owned, and supplies manual trannys for Toyota.
      • 8 Years Ago
      GM needed to do more to differentiate these from the Isuzu version. The interior on the GMC/Chevy is straight Isuzu. Their marketing for these rigs made them out to be a LOT more truck than they are in real life. Ever since Nissan moved the Frontier pickup up a notch, they left the ultra-small bare-bones truck slot open, and this is all this truck has going for it. I haven't driven a worse manual transmission in a brand new truck EVER.

      The H3 is based on this platform, no? 5-cyl is gutless, and a poor excuse.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Look at the crappy LX470....235HP now that's a joke!"


      "I haven't driven a worse manual transmission in a brand new truck, ever."
      It's not just the trucks that have awful manual transmissions, but with the exception of the 'Vette and the old Camaro/Firebird, all the manual transmissions in GM products are STRONG advertisements for the company's automatics. You would think they are conciously trying to punish customers for saving a few bucks on the price of a transmission.
      It's obvious, NO ONE at GM drives a competitor's products, at least not one with a manual transmission.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This totaly looks like a GM truck with a different emblem.
      • 8 Years Ago
      OK, does the current arrangement make the USA an "emerging market" because the Colorado/Canyon are all Isuzu? (Tongue in cheek).

      Frankly, about all Isuzu have left are emerging markets with pickups and SUVs, they have no automotive operations (as in CARS) left anywhere worldwide, no car experience (lately), don't even sell light vehicles in their OWN market (Japan) any more, only snub-nosed medium duty (real-work) trucks.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I have driven the H3....and bought one. It is a great truck. No it's not a Hemi but it has enough power/torque and is awsome in all weather conditions. It gets great gas milage on 87 octane. I average just over 20. For an SUV like this its great!