• Aug 20th 2008 at 2:58PM
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It's an epic poem that could have been written by Byron: you suffered a nasty breakup and met a new girl, you dated for a while, things were looking outstanding, you proposed... and then the bottom dropped out of the medium-duty truck business. We've seen it all before. And now that it's happened, Navistar has backed away from it's non-binding commitment to purchase GM's medium-duty truck operations.

GM and Navistar only had a memorandum of understanding, so there appears to be no harm, no foul in Navistar getting icy feet. The brief announcement of the dissolution presents it as a mutual affair: "Due to significant marketplace and economic changes, GM and Navistar have decided not to renew the memorandum of understanding to purchase GM's medium duty truck business," but we imagine GM standing at the altar, watching its Navistar groom bolt from the church and hop in a taxi.>

GM is still talking to Navistar and looking at other ways to dump find a good home for its medium duty truck business. A shame, because they make some fine vehicles.

[Source: GM]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Oh well, Navistar is better off but I can't say the same for GM. From what I understand many engineers from the heavy truck side have already left for greener pastures. Not to mention that GM has NO plans for any updates or replacements to the current line of trucks.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The only truck I have been thinking of buying is the Isuzu based W series GMC Medium duty placing a fifth wheel hitch on the back and towing a trailer. The truck comes bare bones ( the way I like it - cheap) and a crew cab version. Only has four cylinders, four injectors to rebuild, four glow plugs to replace, (you get the picture). Is rated to go 500,000 miles minimum before any major engine work ( more if you take care of it). The only thing I am having trouble finding out is how much a diesel W series is rated to tow.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The 2008 and newer Crew-Cab 5.2L Diesel powered trucks you are describing have a Gross Combination Weight Rating that is 6,000 pounds more than the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. Therefore a 14,500# GVWR truck has a 20,500# GCWR and the 17,950# GVWR truck has a 23,950# GCWR
      • 7 Years Ago
      The 8500 series tandem is a great truck. Don't know why anyone would buy an IH, very expensive to repair.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Good news. GM should keep its medium-duty truck operations. The only thing they should at this time is to update it. With two mode hybrid, it should be there a lot of market for them.
      • 7 Years Ago
      poor GM nobody wants to play with you... Boo Hoo... Your fault for waiting until 2010 to come out with a decent electric car. I am bitter today :(
        • 7 Years Ago
        What other major car company has a electic car for sale now or coming to the US for sale in the next two years? As for GMC medium duty trucks going to Navistar, ask Ford what they think of them. The DT466 engine is a proven truck motor for medium duty trucks, but the injectors are a major problem since 2004. I would take a GMC 6000 series with a Cat or a Durmax any day over the current International line up.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I always wanted one of those TopKick Pickups. When too much isn't enough, they definitely keep you from blending in on the road with all the Hummers. Also, that is what Iron Hide was in the Transformers movie (yes I'm a grown adult now but I did grow up watching it) and that is good enough for me.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Isn't "non-binding commitment" an oxymoron?
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