As far back as 1971, General Motors and Japanese truck maker Isuzu have formally conducted business together, with GM even purchasing a major stake in the company. In fact, GM owned as much as 49 percent of Isuzu back in 1999 — with the most notable fruit of the partnership being the legendary Duramax diesel engines found in the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra Heavy Duty pickups. But as of 2006, The General and Isuzu have dissolved their equity tie-up. Though now, a Japanese newspaper is reporting that the two automakers are at the table once again, according to Reuters.
The report states that a tie-up would be formalized as soon as the end of the month with an official announcement coming from a memorandum of understanding. What’s more, General Motors is even reportedly showing interest in purchasing a stake in Isuzu once again, though officials have declined to comment at this time. To note, rumors of Isuzu and GM tying up once again were circulating in April of last year, as well.
It’s not out of line to see GM and Isuzu partnering up on a fresh line of trucks, or even vans, to develop and launch globally. They’ve done it before, after all.