Spartan Motors Inc., a leader in the manufacturing of specialty chassis and vehicle assembly, hosted General Motors and Isuzu Commercial Truck of America executives this week as they celebrate the first of the new Chevrolet medium-duty, gasoline-powered trucks as the first unit rolls off the production line at the Spartan Motors plant in Charlotte, Mich.
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 Motors was awarded the build contract and is responsible for the assembly of the trucks, which are based on Isuzu’s N-Series design.
Daryl Adams, president and chief executive officer of Spartan Motors, said, “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.
“One of our core competencies at Spartan is our contract manufacturing expertise,” added Adams. “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.”