After toying with the idea of using a unibody for the next iteration of its pickup trucks to improve fuel economy, General Motors Company has decreed the next full-size pickups will continue to be built on a full frame.
Magna International Inc., one of the world’s largest automotive suppliers, has announced that one of its units, Cosma International, will supply the frames for GM’s full-size light-duty pickups and SUVs. This is the third generation of frames Cosma has been awarded on this platform by GM, Magna announced.
Magna did not disclose the timing of the project, deferring to GM, which doesn’t discuss specific, future product plans. However, its now seems likely the first GM vehicles built off the new frame could roll out in about three years in late 2012 as 2013 or even 2014 models.