GMC dealers could get a replacement for the Sonoma compact pickup after all.
The dealers had been told that a Sonoma replacement was dropped because a low-priced pickup did not fit GMC's "professional-grade" image.
But now, bowing to dealers' pressure, General Motors says it may replace the pickup. GMC officials have told some dealers it is likely.
The GMC pickup would be based on GM's new GMT355 mid-sized truck platform, which also will be used for the 2004 Chevrolet Colorado pickup. The Colorado, slightly larger than the current Chevrolet S10 pickup, goes into production in the fourth quarter of 2003 in Shreveport, La. Isuzu also will market a version of the pickup.
No decision has been made on the Sonoma replacement, said GMC spokesman Jim Hopson: "I do know there is urgency on the part of GM to make that decision, and we're expecting a decision to be made in the very near future."
Two GMC dealers said the division told them they likely will get a Sonoma replacement. The division did not say when, the dealers said.