General Motors Partners With Isuzu to Sell Medium-Duty Trucks

Jun 15, 2015 11:11 AM EDT | Matt Mercuro

General Motors is set to re-enter the medium-duty work truck market after reviving a deal with Isuzu.

Isuzu will manufacture new work vehicles to be sold under the Chevrolet brand in the U.S. by next year, according to the Wall-Street Journal.

GM will mainly be in charge of using its dealer network and reputation as a big time truck company to make a dent in the growing medium-duty market.

An official announcement is expected to be released by the two companies on Monday.

The Journal reports that GM will buy the Isuzu-built trucks, put its own engines under the hood, and rebrand them as Chevys, citing a "person familiar with the production strategy."

Medium-duty trucks are on the rise since they can be used as tow trucks, dump trucks, and garbage trucks for a number of businesses.

Nearly 75,000 Class 4 and Class 7 trucks were sold in the U.S. at the end of last month, which is up from 72,000 sold during the same time period last year, according to the Wall-Street Journal.

A partnership between the two companies should come as no surprise since GM and Isuzu have jointly developed vehicles in the past, like the Chevrolet Colorado, which is sold as the i-Series by Isuzu.

GM also buys Nissan's NV200 van and rebrands them as Chevrolet City Express vehicles to be sold in the U.S.

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