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Old 05-25-2010, 04:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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GM May Re-Enter Medium-Duty Truck Market


Hot on the heels of announcing impressive payload and towing figures for its Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra Heavy-Duty trucks; General Motors has stated that it is seriously looking to re-enter the medium duty truck market. Last year, the General exited this segment, winding down production of its Chevrolet Kodiak and GMC Topkick class 5-7 trucks, after deals to sell the medium-duty business to Isuzu and Navistar International fell through.

However, in an about turn, it looks like the General might return to the segment. According to Joyce Mattman, Director of GM's Commercial Vehicle operations, there are several different strategies that could be taken. One is to go after the class 5/6 market, in which the Kodiak and TopKick competed, but another is to go for the class 4/5 segment, the realm of 1-ton chassis cabs, which are popular with small delivery firms and contractors. "We've competed in class 4 before," says Mattman. "Our C3500 HD was popular and the thing our customers liked about it, was that it had a light-duty pickup cab and they could get between houses and down alleys for deliveries and utility work, places where many traditional medium-duty trucks can't."

Given that Ford and Ram already compete in the 4/5 category with their F-450 and 4500 chassis cab rigs, a GM entry would seem a no-brainer, aided by the fact that such a truck could use much of the existing Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra HD hardware. In the meantime with a sizable void in the market, GM commercial dealers are doing what they can to survive, selling left-over Kodiak and TopKick vehicles to those customers who still want a medium-duty GM truck.

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Old 05-25-2010, 04:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Ooohh, very cool. NBS Kodiaks!

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A new C3500 but also offered in 4x4 this time with the duramax would just be too awesome.
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Sounds great. Hope they do.
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This is great news . The MD dealer told me they would and I thought he was full of it. Looks like we may see some new styling
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This is great news . The MD dealer told me they would and I thought he was full of it. Looks like we may see some new styling
its not gonna be anything new FYI.

its either gonna be the -560 bodies returning, or a -900 pickup truck-ish body.

there isnt the time, money or NEED for a totally new MD body.
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I personally hope it becomes a 4500 or 5500 4x4 (-900 style) Cab & Chassis so I can get some payload from the smaller body style. The Kodiacs are just to big.
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I personally hope it becomes a 4500 or 5500 (-900 style) Cab & Chassis so I can get some payload from the smaller body style. The Kodiacs are just to big.
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I'm torn. Parts of me wants a 3500 sized one but another part if me wants a big one. I've driven a few 5500 4x4's and they are nice for what I do.
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A nice 45 or 55 Kodiak would be nice. Especially with the new dmax comming onto the scene. I have rode in one kodiak crew cab before and it was dam nice even though it was pretty much base i think.

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