For the last six months, General Motors has been slowly revealing details about its upcoming Class 4 and 5 medium duty conventional trucks. Being developed in conjunction with Navistar, GM will brand its vehicles as Chevrolet Silverado and Silverado 5500 for the Class 4 and Class 5 offerings, respectively. But the question to us is whether GM’s GMC brand will also sell a variant of the mediums to effectively succeed its TopKick truck that was discontinued in 2009.
“We don’t have any news to share at this time”, GMC spokesperson Jennie Ecclestone told GM Authority when asked whether GMC will be receiving a variant of the upcoming Chevrolet Medium Duty trucks. That leaves us guessing the proverbial tea leaves…. and even so, the tea don’t exactly tell us much.
What we can go by is precedent: General Motors has elected not to give its two newest commercial vehicles. The compact Chevrolet City Express commercial van (sourced from Nissan) and Chevy Low Cab Forward trucks (sourced from Isuzu) have yet to get GMC variants, and are not likely to get them in the future.
Based on these developments, it appears that GM is electing to position Chevrolet as its exclusive channel for commercial vehicles, while continuing to move GMC in the direction of a high-margin consumer-level brand… Sierra Chassis Cab and Savana van being the sole exceptions.
So, does GMC need a variant of the upcoming Chevy Silverado Medium Duty trucks? Talk to us in the comments.
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