GM, Isuzu Likely to Develop New Pickup Truck Together

Luke Vandezande
by Luke Vandezande

General Motors and Isuzu are mulling over the possibility of jointly developing a new pickup truck, according to an announcement by GM made today.

The makers haven’t reached a decision yet, but they signed a memorandum of understanding today to begin negotiations. Formalization for the partnership, according to Japanese newspaper Nikkei, is expected later this month when brand bosses Susumu Hosoi and Dan Akerson meet in person.

This isn’t the first time in recent history that the two have collaborated — they also worked together to build the previous version of the Chevrolet Colorado mid-sized pickup truck.

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Of course, the new Colorado is already on its way, although not expected for the North American market for more than another year.

Business history between the two companies stretched all the way back to 1971 when GM acquired a stake in the Japanese company that eventually grew to 49 percent in 1999. That tie-up ended in 2006, but not the two seem to be dancing again.

Details on what kind of truck the two companies are considering building together are still unannounced, but a compact truck that likely wouldn’t see U.S. sale seems reasonable given the Colorado’s impending arrival.

[Source: Automotive News]

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  • Kanner Kanner on Jan 09, 2013

    Just keep delaying until you go out of business again, who the H'LL is running this company "back" into bankruptcy again!

    • Perry F. Bruns Perry F. Bruns on Jan 10, 2013

      Considering their first foray together, the captive import LUV ("Light Utility Vehicle"), later sold as the Isuzu P'UP, helped introduce the entire concept of a light pickup to the U.S., and sold well far into its own obsolescence, and also considering Isuzu's other successful partnerships with GM and Honda, to say nothing of Isuzu's delivery truck sales overseas, the facts are not on your side.