Isuzu Motors and GM have agreed to establish a new joint venture company called "LCV Platform Engineering Corporation (LPEC)" for planning and management of the joint development of next generation pickup trucks and a derivative platform.

The new company, to be capitalized at 100 million yen, is scheduled to be founded in Isuzu's Fujisawa Plant late June 2006. Its initial capitalisation is 50% from Isuzu and 50% from GM.

Isuzu and GM worked together at early engineering stage for the current "Isuzu D-MAX (GM: Chevrolet Colorado)".

The next model will use the integrated platform and joint engineering work in this connection by two companies will be placed under the planning and control of LPEC in order to reduce engineering costs of the platform.

With regard to engineering of vehicles that use the integrated platform, Isuzu and GM will utilise their respective engineering resources. Specifically, Isuzu will be responsible for engineering of pickup truck in which Isuzu has its strength while GM will be in charge of derivative by leveraging its know-how on passenger cars and SUVs.

The production volume of Isuzu pickup truck (current model) has doubled in two years to 320,000 units mark in 2005 from 160,000 units mark in 2003. Further expansion is expected in the future.