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It appears GM was just out-gunned, out-classed and out-sold in this odd corner of the truck market by several competitors who offered far more flexible vehicle configurations. I actually didn't realize the Top Kick and Kodiak were made at the same GM truck plant alongside the Silverado and Sierra. Now that I look at the wheelbase and overall design though I suppose I can kind of see that.

Yet another small piece of the pie for Ford to take back.

Story Here: http://www.autoobserver.com/2009/06/gm-to-end-medium-duty-truck-production.html

 

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Ford isn't that big of a player in that market either. Navistar/International just about owns the market for big box trucks, electric company trucks, refridgerated box trucks, etc. Isuzu is another big player in this market with their cab over trucks.

Sucks for all those people in Flint out of work now.
 

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We have an international (an old one). It suckzors, the only good thing about it is the engine, which was made by AMC.
 

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It is good that they do it to save money, but it made a bad ass class "C" motor home. It what I want to replace my Class A.
 

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Ford isn't that big of a player in that market either. Navistar/International just about owns the market for big box trucks, electric company trucks, refridgerated box trucks, etc. Isuzu is another big player in this market with their cab over trucks.

Sucks for all those people in Flint out of work now.
Isuzu is GM. The engine is a 350 V8 and the transmission is GM as well. Box vans around here are KW, Freightliner, and Sterling.
 

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Ford isn't that big of a player in that market either. Navistar/International just about owns the market for big box trucks, electric company trucks, refridgerated box trucks, etc. Isuzu is another big player in this market with their cab over trucks.
The Isuzu NPR is the largest selling medium duty truck in the world. You can put almost anything on that chasis. Even a small cement mixer.
 

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Isuzu is GM. The engine is a 350 V8 and the transmission is GM as well. Box vans around here are KW, Freightliner, and Sterling.
Not in the medium duty market. They use a diesel in the trucks I'm talking about, and the 350 V8 went out of production in new cars/trucks several years ago. GM used to own 49% of Isuzu, but sold most of its shares.

 

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I'd love to drive one of these for work.
 

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I've seen a lot of the older NPRs with badges on them saying "EFI V8". I walk around and look at the engine and what do I see? A throttle body injected Chevy small block.
 

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I'd love to drive one of these for work.
Haha. My friend got beat by one of those when he had his 1985 FWB. He was so pissed, but that's the HT-4100 for ya.
 
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