June 15, 2015 12:30 PM, EDT

General Motors to Re-Enter US Medium-Duty Market

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General Motors Co. plans to return to the U.S. medium-duty truck market in 2016 through a manufacturing agreement with Isuzu Motors Ltd.

The medium-duty vehicles will be built by Isuzu and sold under the Chevrolet brand.

GM, the largest U.S. auto manufacturer in terms of units sold, exited the medium-duty business after filing for bankruptcy in 2009. The company sold an 8% stake in Isuzu in 2006.

GM’s move to re-enter the medium-duty business comes at a time of steady growth for that sector.

U.S. retail sales of Classes 4-7 trucks increased 3.5% in the first five months of 2015 compared with the same timeframe last year, according to sales figures from