CORRECTION: General Motors will sell trucks in a partnership with Japan's Isuzu in the U.S. An earlier version of the story was incorrect.
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- General Motors (GM), rebuilding a global enterprise battered by its 2009 bankruptcy, said it will re-enter the medium-duty truck business next year in the U.S. in a partnership with Japan's Isuzu Motors (ISUZY).
Isuzu is an important manufacturer of diesel engines, which could lead to cooperation on that front with GM, depending on fuel prices and changes in environmental regulation.
GM's move highlights the trend within auto manufacturing for alliances and joint ventures that fall short of full-scale mergers, undertaken to save capital on costly development projects and on technology investments. In recent weeks, Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCAU), has called for greater collaboration.
Marchionne approached GM to discuss possible business collaboration but was rebuffed by Mary Barra, GM's CEO. A GM spokesman explained that the automaker isn't averse to joining forces with other automakers - but isn't looking for a broader alliance or merger.
The U.S. market for medium-duty trucks, while much smaller than that for conventional pickups, had been a mainstay for GM until the automaker found itself paring operations to create a newly reorganized automaker under government supervision. The Chevrolet Kodiak and GMC Topkick were discontinued, along with the Saturn and other car brands.