Spy Shots: First Look at Navistar/GM Medium-Duty Work Truck

Here’s the first look at the medium-duty truck Navistar International Corp. and General Motors Co. are developing together.

The companies have an agreement to develop and assemble future conventional cab trucks in the Class 4 and 5 work segments.

The deal puts Navistar back in a truck category it exited when production of its International TerraStar model ended earlier this year. It also helps GM to expand its Chevrolet commercial truck portfolio.

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Grille on Navistar and GM’s new joint medium-duty truck. (Photo: Brian Williams/Trucks.com)

This spy shots are of a mule, or test vehicle. They show a chassis cub work truck with a fiberglass International-style hood that swings up from the windshield.

The photos were taken this week at a Bosch facility near Ann Arbor, Mich., where the truck is undergoing testing.

The new truck line is jointly developed using Navistar’s expertise in rolling chassis configurations and manufacturing capabilities, and GM‘s commercial components and engines.

The vehicles are slated for production in 2018 and will be manufactured at Navistar’s facility in Springfield, Ohio. Navistar plans to add 300 jobs and invest more than $12 million in facility upgrades and state-of-the-art equipment to produce the new vehicles.

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(Photo: Brian Williams/Trucks.com)

“Our collaboration with GM is another example of our customer-centric, open integration approach – providing our customers with the best technologies available,” Bill Kozek, Navistar’s president of trucks and parts said when the project was announced.

The truck is expected to debut at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis in March. GM has already announced that its version will have a Duramax diesel engine and Allison transmission.

Editor’s note: Photos and story by Brian Williams for Trucks.com.

One Response

  1. Gerry

    Wow, I was really looking forward to GM doing something great. But now finding out they joined with Navstar (the worst in the trucking industry) I have my doubts. I have 4 Internationals 2009 to 2012 and they are constantly in the shop. In the last 6 months I’ve spent $20,000 for a new 6.4 engine that only had 75k miles, and another one it was $4,800 for the braking computer. I’ll let others “suckers” be the guinea pigs before I think of buying one.


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