Hyundai Motor Company
(HMC) has announced plans to distribute its commercial trucks in the United
States. The South Korean automaker plans to expand its commercial product
line by 2004 using powertrains developed by a commercial engine joint venture
with DaimlerChrysler AG, HMC said in a released statement.
The first products to
be offered will include a range of light and medium Class 4 and Class 6 trucks
through a dealer network that will be supported by a directly affiliated company,
to be announced in early 2002. The company says it will support the products
with parts, service and warranties.
Bering Truck Corp. will
reportedly have the opportunity to become Hyundai commercial vehicle dealers.
The Front Royal, VA-based company previously built commercial vehicles from
Hyundai components and sold them through its dealership network under the
Bering Truck name.
HMC claims the company
was unable to meet its warranty, parts and other obligations to its dealers
and customers and closed its doors last June. Since that time, HMC has provided
interim parts and warranty support to Bering Truck dealers and customers.