• Feb 2, 2009
As General Motors seeks to streamline its production, the auto giant's medium-duty truck business is back on the block. This past summer a deal with Navistar fell through, leaving GM holding its hat, but a new deal could see the line transfer to Isuzu.

The Japanese automaker, which was due to withdraw from passenger car sales in North American as of a couple of days ago, is one of the world's largest producers of medium- and heavy-duty trucks and has had a long history of collaboration with GM. The new arrangement, which was previously rejected, would have Isuzu take over production of the GMC TopKick and Chevrolet Kodiak trucks, also rebadged as the Isuzu H-Series (pictured above), currently produced alongside the GMC Sierra and Chevy Silverado pick-ups at GM's Flint, Michigan truck plant. The deal is far from finalized, with Isuzu spokesmen apparently unaware of the negotiations reportedly in progress, but UAW officials say this could be the best way to keep its truck assembly workers employed.

[Source: Michigan Online]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Selling an asset for much needed cash, and keeping American workers employed doing it. A can't lose situation if they can pull it off.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well said. Go Izuzu.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Even if they were to make the best trucks in the world, it seems that Isuzu's greatest detractor is its name. Particularly when it comes to selling products with as much nationalistic prejudice as trucks.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Under the deal with navistar, the trucks would have retained the GMC Topkick and Chevy Kodiak names (kind of like how Volvo trucks and Volvo cars are made by different companies). The same could possibly apply here
        • 5 Years Ago
        Medium duty and box trucks are more fleet driven purchases and probably less emotionally-based than pickup buying.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If they aren't many local options left i am sure even the most loyal nationalists would have to buy something "international".
        • 5 Years Ago
        You are of course assuming that they wont continue to sell them rebadged versions as GMCs and Chevys. Why not. It helps their image to continue to have a full line of trucks.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Given Isuzu's history of retiring the dismal Rodeo in favor of the lackluster TrailBlazer (err, Ascender), then giving up on the American market all together, I'm sure GM's truck division in good hands.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Isuzu will eventually be absorbed by Toyota and Toyota will then have an opening to sell these medium-duty trucks under their own names. Hmm, branding these a Toyota with their good reputation, will bring more sales to their brand than possibly Chevy or GMC, especially if Toyota uses their better financial position than GM to offer better incentives to move their own brand.

      Eventually this could be the end of GM in the medium-duty and Toyota supremacy.

      Bad move by GM unless they have a say on transfer in case of change of ownership of Isuzu.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Since Transformers was a "GM commercial" as some haters said, does that mean if the Topkick goes to Isuzu,that Ironhide is gonna get a pink slip? (Bring back Jazz!)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is that a front whell drive truck?!
      I see the front tires spinning and the rear tires stuck :P
      And it is incredible how it can corner without even roll?! A great contender to the Edo Enzo huh?!
      LOL!!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Makes sense to me!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Little by little GM sold most of its assets. The company is basically liquidating.
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