A persistent buzz in the auto industry continues that Honda will
produce a full size pickup truck, around the size of the Toyota
Tundra, in the United States.
no official word has been heard about whether the truck will be
produced there is an interesting aspect to this story to consider.
In late December 2000 General Motors and Honda Motor Company announced
plans for a powertrain cross-supply arrangement as the first step
in a new relationship that may lead to future cooperation in other
areas. As part of this agreement, GM is expected to receive Honda
made engines for use in GM cars. So what can Honda expect to receive
in kind? Considering Honda's weak showing in the hot truck and SUV
segment (relying on rebadged Isuzus and a small self-produced SUV)
where GM excels, Honda will probably produce its new pickup powered
by GM's 4.8L Vortec 4800 or 5.3L Vortec 5300. The Vortec 4800 has
270 horsepower and 285 lb-ft. of torque, while the 5300 features
285 horsepower at 5000 rpm and 325 lb-ft. of torque. Both engines
were first introduced in the 1999 GM model lineup.
may also choose to emulate Toyota and its full size pickup truck
program by creating a full sized SUV off the same platform if demand
exists for this type of vehicle.