General Motors Cuts Loose Isuzu

Reports are that General Motors has sold its 7.8% stake in Isuzu Motors to a group of investment partners and strategic shareholders in the Japanese manufacturer of trucks, commercial vehicles, and diesel engines. The deal will put about $300 000 000 in GMs pocket, and will still allow business relationships between the two companies to continue. Those include the manufacturing of light trucks in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, diesel-engine efforts in Europe and the USA, and the GMC-Isuzu commercial truck venture (such as the GMC W-series that is produced in Janesville, WI).

At one time, GM held as much as 49% of Isuzu during the 35-year relationship between the two companies, but that share was reduced over the years due to a variety of financial maneuvers.

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