"After four years of working with multiple potential buyers, General Motors has decided to wind-down its medium-duty truck operations. Production of the Chevy Kodiak and GMC Topkick medium duty trucks will cease by July 31, 2009."
Those two sentences constituted the entirety of GM's press release regarding the discontinuation of the production of its medium-duty stalwarts, the GMC TopKick and Chevy Kodiak. It's almost as though in the midst of bankruptcy, they're paying their PR writers by the word. In the depressed global economy, the company simply could not find buyers for these mainstays of the medium-duty market.
Even the release of the Transformers movie, that prominently featured a customized TopKick named "Ironhide," failed to generate enough excitment, and more importantly, sales for the model line.
So far, Ford has not made any announcement about the future of its F-650 and F-750 truck lines. But for those in the market for a "mega" pickup, the blue oval may be your only choice now.
So I'd like to dedicate this blog post to all of you who have owned or driven TopKicks or Kodiaks over the years as either your personal or work vehicles, and encourage you to share any stories about your trucks.