Unable To Sell At Market, GM Putting Medium Duty Trucks Out To Pasture

Chevrolet Kodiak

Unable to find a buyer for its medium-duty truck line, General Motors has announced it will stop making the Chevrolet Kodiak and GMC Top Kick trucks by July 31, 2009.

GM had been in negotiations with Isuzu and Navistar to sell the C4500, C5500 and C6500 commercial truck business but a deal was never closed.

In memory of GM's medium-duty trucks, here's a fond look back at the first time we saw the Chevy model at the 2000 SEMA show, where the Bruin pickup debuted.

Comments

Sorry to see them go, great product. But, it really doesn't make much sense for car companies to build these things.

And another one bites the dust!

These trucks were monstrous, but very cool kind a downsized looking rigs - it's great, that America built cars like that, but the problem is, that most of the people were well fitted with the standard pick up's series - up to 3500 HD (3,5 T)...

I see this as one of the great American made products/product lines that most Americans won't even notice, let alone understand the impact of losing. It's a sad but I guess necessary step on the road to GM's hopeful recovery.

Oil prices just crossed $70/barrel. There is no market for these heavy vehicles. Good that they decided to retire these vehicles, it will save them cash.

Ideally these vehicles should be converted to Buses/Mini-buses to ply in Cities. By taking 10-20 passengers, it will reduce the usage of so many private vehicles and also the gas consumption.

Eventually many Big SUV's may be converted run Shuttle services.

Very few of these trucks were sold as pickups to private people. These trucks were medium duty commercial trucks, sold to businesses, public utilities, and municipalities. Like Internationals, Peterbilts, ect..

Save the planet! Ride the bus. It will transport you to each of your jobsites and will haul all 2000# of your equipment.

LET'S SEE IF A HYBRID WILL TOW 18,000 POUNDS

I HATE TO SEE THESE TRUCKS GO , WE HAVE ONE ON 48" TIRES 4X4 A MUST SEE



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