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GM and Isuzu seal future ute deal

Ron Hammerton
9 October 2014
www.goauto.com.au

General Motors and its former junior partner Isuzu are getting the band back together to co-develop their next-generation Holden/Chevrolet Colorado and Isuzu D-Max utes to save money on engineering and parts costs.

The new workhorse twins again will be built in Thailand for sale by both GM and Isuzu in markets outside North America.

GM Holden has confirmed that the GM version of the ute will replace the current Thai-built Colorado light truck that has been sold under Holden badges since June 2012.

No date has yet been announced for the arrival of the third-generation Colorado, although Holden corporate communications manager Sean Poppitt told GoAuto that it would be several years away.

GM’s Australian-based design team is expected to submit a design “theme” for the new light truck range, as it does with all GM products.

The design and engineering base for the current Colorado was in Brazil, although at least one Australian designer was involved in colour and trim design.

Isuzu’s version is also expected to wear D-Max badges in Australia where Isuzu Ute has been one of the rising stars of the light-commercial vehicle market.

The new agreement is a case of déjà vu for the two manufacturers, who appeared to be moving apart after GM sold its share of Isuzu in 2006 after decades of part ownership.

They appear to have had second thoughts about going their own way, and reportedly have been in talks since 2013 about jointly developing a new Colorado/D-Max because of cost pressures.

The deal was finally signed last month, with Isuzu announcing: “Based on a long history of co-operation and trust, Isuzu and GM will leverage their extensive know-how and technologies to develop the next-generation midsize pickup to match customer needs.

“The joint team will also leverage synergies and commonise components to enable further reductions in cost.

“The project will strengthen the light-commercial vehicle business of GM and Isuzu, whose pickup represents the basis for the new model.”

The agreement is likely to have been influenced by a rash of similar joint ventures in the one-tonne truck arena, with Ford-Mazda and, most recently, Nissan-Mitsubishi arrangements in place.

Both GM and Isuzu confirmed their new models would not be sold in North America where the current-generation Colorado has finally just gone on sale with Chevrolet badges.

Although the current Colorado and D-Max are related under the skin, they are built at different plants and armed with unique styling, powertrains and features.

It is unclear if the new models will share powertrain components – and that seems possible, considering the tone of the announcement – but they will continue to be built in separate plants.

The D-Max is powered by a 3.0-litre Isuzu diesel, while the Colorado gets a 2.8-litre diesel.

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So it's going to be a pickup truck, not a coupe-utility "ute"
 

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Basically, GM is talking of the next generation if this
http://***********.com/blog/wp-content/gallery/2012-chevrolet-s-10-brazil-market/2012-chevrolet-s-10-brazil-market-8.jpg

Not this
 

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This is the Global one, right? Why does GM do these double engineering things? They have a superior product in North America. If I were they, I would graft it to the rest of the Chevrolet world and take advantage of the economies of scale, while introducing the world to what a proper truck is
Engineering for the rest of the world is different for engineering for the US. The U.S. Colorado would destroy the International version If someone ever did a review
 

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Engineering for the rest of the world is different for engineering for the US. The U.S. Colorado would destroy the International version If someone ever did a review
I don't know about that since I know nothing about trucks, but what I do know is that the US version looks a hundred times better than the international version (I measured it).
 

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Engineering for the rest of the world is different for engineering for the US. The U.S. Colorado would destroy the International version If someone ever did a review
I wonder just How is it different exactly?
I'm guessing emission controls may be different in some countries,but then it really shouldn't as the world is seriously polluted so it should be same everywhere..
 

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Engineering for the rest of the world is different for engineering for the US. The U.S. Colorado would destroy the International version If someone ever did a review
Maybe for exterior looks, but the 2.8 diesel (and before that even the old 3.0 litre) would club the gasser US 2.5 or 3.6, skull drag it to it's cave, buttrape it and then be seen next morning gnawing it's shinbone...

And the US Colorado for dumb CAFE laws is way, way too long for anywhere else to fulfil it's role as a medium truck - you couldn't park it just about anywhere you had to pick up or deliver. Plus - it's been dumbed down for tow rating to protect the Silverado. Same thing Toyota does with the Prado here to protect the Landcruiser.
 

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No, everything including the frame, interiors, suspension, everything is different.
The US truck is a totally new truck, has nothing to do with the international one. Chevrolet tried that with last generation corolado, even a V8 could not help it. they learnt their lesson.
In other words, GM built another unique truck for North America with limited scale of economy
and moderate investment into what could be a relatively small market.
Toyota does the same with US Prado based Tacoma and International Hilux so I suppose
if it's done properly, it's simply a cost that must be born to fill two different markets.
 

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internationally these things are 1 tonners VS 1/3 to 1/2 Tonne capacity

compare the Tacoma and the Hi Lux both are/where sold in Mexico side by each and the HiLux out sold the taco my a fair number even knowings it is pricier
 

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In other words, GM built another unique truck for North America with limited scale of economy
and moderate investment into what could be a relatively small market.
Toyota does the same with US Prado based Tacoma and International Hilux so I suppose
if it's done properly, it's simply a cost that must be born to fill two different markets.
The United States is not a small market and this truck is a part of their overall truck strategy. Its entirely possibly their are reworking the diesel for US duty too.
 

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The United States is not a small market and this truck is a part of their overall truck strategy. Its entirely possibly their are reworking the diesel for US duty too.
The mid sized truck segment is comparatively small when Toyota, the segment leader
with little competition barely achieves 12,000/mth sales. GM spent a lot of money to
get back into this segment with a dedicated product, let's hope they made the right decision.
 
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