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First Chevrolet medium duty truck rolls off production line

ABR Staff Writer Published 28 July 2016

Spartan Motors has hosted General Motors (GM) and Isuzu Commercial Truck of America executives as they celebrate the first of the new Chevrolet medium duty trucks rolls off the production line at the Spartan Motors plant in Charlotte, Michigan.

The new Chevrolet 3500, 3500HD, 4500, 4500HD, 4500XD, 5500HD and 5500XD truck line is the result of a strategic business relationship between General Motors and Isuzu.

Spartan, a leader in the manufacturing of high-quality specialty chassis and vehicle assembly, was awarded the build contract and is responsible for the assembly of the trucks, which are based on Isuzu's N-Series design.

Spartan Motors president and CEO Daryl Adams said: "Production of the Chevrolet medium duty line begins in earnest today as we witness the first of what we expect to be many of these durable and maneuverable vehicles roll off our assembly line.

"Our strategic business relationship with Isuzu began in 2011, and our Company has realized significant growth and success in this segment due in part to the great trust they've shown in our team's execution of their vision for this broad product line.

"In fact, we celebrated the 30,000th Isuzu N-Series production milestone this year, and we expect GM will realize similar success with their vehicle line."

Spartan Motors will be manufacturing seven different Chevrolet models including regular-cab and crew-cab body style options and chassis lengths ranging from 109 inches to 212 inches.

Additionally, several drivetrain options exist, including a 6.0 liter, V-8 GM gasoline engine as well as Isuzu-sourced 3.0 liter or 5.2 liter turbo-diesel engines. All engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Adams said: "One of our core competencies at Spartan is our contract manufacturing expertise.

"This expansion of our relationship with Isuzu, and thereby General Motors, is a reflection of our traditional high standards of quality and reliability that are built into every specialty chassis and vehicle we manufacture."



Source: Company Press Release