There are questions about the future of the Holden Colorado ute and Colorado7 SUV, which is soon set to adopt the Trailblazer nameplate used in other markets, following news that General Motors and Isuzu have ended their joint light truck venture.
The current GM-Isuzu program started in 2006, however Holden's earlier ute offering, the Rodeo, traces its Isuzu connection back as far as 1981.
This latest ute joint-venture annoncment follows official confirmation from Isuzu and Mazda that a memorandum of understanding has been signed regarding the Isuzu-led development of the next-generation Mazda BT50.
A statement from GM says the company will be focusing on higher-end models for the Thai market which is dominated by utes (pickups).
No word yet on whether these upscale model developments will be built in right-hand-drive for markets like South Africa and Australia.