BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Dana Corp. expects to build a complete rolling chassis for the Argentine version of General Motors' full-sized pickup.
'We are very close to a final agreement' with GM, said Horacio de Giuli, president of Dana Argentina. 'The technical details have been resolved.'
The companies are still discussing financial issues, he added. GM would probably begin South American production of the new pickup no sooner than 2001, according to de Giuli. Daniel Flores, spokesman for GM's Truck Group in Pontiac, Mich., declined comment.
Dana's plant in Cordoba, Argentina, would assemble the frame, axles, brakes, suspension, driveshaft and fuel lines. Dana then would deliver the complete chassis to GM's nearby plant for final assembly.
The two companies have not yet agreed on one key issue: installation of the powertrain. Dana would prefer to let GM handle that task, de Giuli said.
If the two companies approve the project, it would cement Dana's reputation as a supplier of major chunks of light-truck assembly.
In Curitiba, Brazil, Chrysler will assemble the Dodge Dakota pickup using a rolling chassis supplied by Dana.
Production is scheduled to start in early July.