Last Monday, General Motors announced that it's going to wind down the medium-duty truck operations by August 2009, meaning that after that point both the Chevy Kodiak and the GMC TopKick won't be produced anymore.
In accordance with the sales figures from the two truck lines that extend through May 2009, the Topkick sales have dipped 69% and the Kodiak sales are down 48%; the decrease spelled doom for the vehicles. Not that GM wasn't trying to save the trucks. Two years ago, General Motors announced that it was going to sell the medium-duty truck business to Navistar International. Still when the economy slid over the past few years, the financial stability of both companies started to look pretty grim. No surprise that the deal to sell off the brands failed. As GM filed for bankruptcy on June 1 and announced the restructuring, a lot of brands were expected to be sold or discontinued, which actually happened. In the past week, General Motors announced it's selling Opel and Saturn, and now the Chevy Kodiak and GMC TopKick are leaving us for good. The last Kodiak is scheduled to be produced on July 31, 2009.