Isuzu plans to use for its new Indian pickup truck diesel engines provided by GM, part of its plan to cut costs and diminish demand for technology demand.
According to a report published by the Nikkei newspaper, around 100,000 engines, manufactured by GM in India, will be fitted into the low-cost truck, which will hit the market in 2016. The automaker plans to introduce a cheap pickup for the buyers in Africa and India. The report did not say if the pickup truck will be a new model created for the target market or just an improvement of the current second-generation D-Max.
Isuzu and GM have already signed an agreement to collaborate on the Chevrolet Colorado, which is sold by the Isuzu as the i-Series, and to develop the second-generation Isuzu D-Max, which hit the market two years ago.
Even if the D-Max and the Colorado share the same platform, they differ in the fact that they use their maker’s engines. Now it remains to be seen on what extent will Isuzu continue to use its own engines for the trucks it builds.
The newspaper said that this agreement will strengthen the partnership between the two automakers, as Isuzu tries to reduce struggle of developing technologies, while GM wants to tap into the Japanese automaker’s foothold in ASEAN markets.