In July we heard a rumor General Motors and Navistar would partner up in order to develop and produce commercial trucks. That intel turned out to be good, with GM and Navistar today announcing a long-term agreement to build medium-duty, conventional cab Class 4/5 commercial vehicles.
The partnership, GM says, will marry Navistar’s “expertise in rolling chassis configurations and manufacturing capabilities,” with GM commercial components and engines. This will allow GM to more easily re-enter the commercial vehicle market, and will lower development and production costs for Navistar.
“Bringing medium-duty conventional cab trucks back into the portfolio strengthens Chevrolet’s commitment to providing commercial customers with more choices and one-stop shopping for a versatile lineup of trucks, vans and crossovers,” said GM’s U.S. vice president for Fleet and Commercial sales, Ed Peper.
“By working with an industry-leading partner like GM, we’ll be able to enhance our medium-duty product portfolio and leverage our scale and expertise in manufacturing medium-duty trucks,” added Navistar truck and parts president Bill Kozek.
Production for the Navistar/GM vehicles will begin in 2018 at Navistar’s Springfield, OH assembly plant. Additional product information will be released at a later date, GM says.