• Feb 24th 2009 at 6:28PM
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Even though a deal with Navistar International Corp dissolved over the summer, the commercial truck maker remains interested in possibly acquiring General Motors' medium-duty truck unit. Dan Ustian, Navistar's chairman, chief executive and president, told the Reuters Manufacturing Summit in Chicago that, "...we're always looking to grow and that compliments us pretty well."

That sounded promising at the outset, but Ustian stressed that Navistar doesn't need any additional manufacturing capacity in the current economy, and that any agreement requiring Navistar to keep open facilities in Flint would never get signed. In fact, he added, if the current downturn continues, the company may be forced to slow or stop production in their own existing heavy-duty truck plants in Mexico and Canada.

The news is indifferent to the UAW officials who are looking for a buyer interested in keeping the plants open to save jobs. While Navistar waits "to see how the economy materializes," maybe Isuzu will step up to the plate?

[Source: Reuters UK]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Jim Pierce
      • 6 Years Ago
      Having sold GM medium-duties in the past, I can tell you that the Isuzu derived T series cabover is OK with a Cat engine, but having also sold Intertrashionals in the past, I can tell you that they do not make trucks, they only make "problems". The dealership where I worked almost went under due to excessive warranty claims on the International NGV trucks (2001 and onwards). I finally had to quit. If you want a real truck, either medium-duty or heavy-duty, buy a Kenworth or Peterbilt. No, do not touch a Mercedes (Fruitliner) medium or heavy-duty so-called truck EVER. You will be SO sorry if you do!

      GM/Chevy should just shut down the medium-duty line and forget 'em.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If International purchased GM's medium duty division, all they'd really be getting is the brand. International's products are far superior to GM's medium duty line. International would be crazy to actually sell the GM-designed trucks.
      • 6 Years Ago
      They gotta put their motors in something, when Ford drops them.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Not really, Navistar is closing the plant that made the engines for Ford.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The picture is hilarious. The front tires look like the truck is peeling out, but clearly, those type of trucks are RWD, but those tires aren't moving (look at the rubber), and there doesn't seem to be enough space behind the truck to assume that it could even be going that fast.
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