General Motors has been quietly seeking a buyer for their medium-duty truck line for over four years now. Having not found a willing shopper, GM now says they will cease production of the Chevrolet Kodiak and GMC Topkick by the end of July.
The Kodiak and the Topkick faces extinction after the automaker announced that the New York factory where the engines are built in New York would close. The automaker had previously been trying to sell the line to Isuzu, but apparently those efforts failed.
Incidentally, U.S. President Barack Obama’s limousine, while imitating a Cadillac DTS on the outside, is actually built on a Kodiak/Topkick platform. That would make it hard for GM to build more of the tank-like presidential rides. It would also mean the end of Ironhide in the Transformers movie series.