DETROIT - General Motors and the Chrysler group are trying to break into the market for combat vehicles by producing a lighter, more fuel efficient truck than the Army's Humvee.
The Big 3 sold $200 million worth of vehicles to the Pentagon last year for use on military bases. Now, GM and Chrysler have their eyes on the big prize. They hope to supplement the Army's ubiquitous Humvee with cheaper vehicles for the battlefield.
The two automakers are working with the National Automotive Center, a unit of the Army's Tank-Automotive & Armaments Command in Warren, Mich., to create rugged, off-the-shelf light trucks. Ford Motor Co. initially worked with the center to produce a vehicle, then dropped out.