Cosma International, part of global automotive component supplier Magna International, announced today that it will supply the frame assembly for General Motors' next generation of full-size light-duty pickups and sport utility vehicles. It's the third generation of frames that Cosma has been awarded on this platform by GM. The current GMT900 frame is pictured at the top of this post.
According to Magna spokesperson Scott Worden, both the pickup trucks and SUVs will continue to be body-on-frame. Last year, there were rumors that suggested GM's full-size SUVs could shift to unibody construction, like that used for GM's midsize crossovers.
"Receiving this third-generation frame business from GM is a real testament to our ability to deliver on key areas including cost and quality," said Horst Prelog, President, Cosma International. "GM is a long-term valued customer of ours and we look forward to continuing our partnership with them."
Cosma will produce the new frames at two factories, located in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada and Saltillo, Mexico.
Update 1: 11-23-2009 – Added statement from Magna spokesperson Scott Worden