GM returns to medium-duty trucks in US markets with deal with longtime Japanese partner Isuzu

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Detroit-based General Motors Co. is expanding its partnership with Japanese truckmaker Isuzu Motors by collaborating in the U.S. and marking GM's return into the medium-duty truck market.

The companies said Tuesday that Isuzu will produce models for GM, based on the Isuzu N-Series trucks, to be distributed by Chevrolet dealers in the U.S., starting next year.

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GM and Isuzu will also explore the use of GM commercial vehicle components for Isuzu trucks. GM will continue to produce and supply 6-liter V-8 gasoline engines and six-speed transmissions for Isuzu.

Isuzu has diesel engines but lacks gas engines.

Isuzu and GM, which makes the Cadillac, Buick and Opel cars, have maintained a strategic partnership for more than 40 years.