Dana providing axles, driveshafts for GM's 4x4 trucks

Dana Corporation announced that it is now supplying front and rear drive axles and driveshafts for General Motors' new 4x4 GMC TopKick and Chevrolet Kodiak medium-duty trucks.

The new 2005 model marks the first time GM has offered a four-wheel-drive option for this platform. Dana has supplied the rear axle and driveshaft for the 4x2 versions of the TopKick and Kodiak since 2001.

"Driveline components are one of the main building blocks of a vehicle and represent a key area of expertise at Dana," said Michael J. Burns, Dana chairman and CEO. "We are proud of our capabilities and proud to provide General Motors with a solid solution for their new 4x4 truck platform. This reaffirms our commitment to growing Dana's core businesses."

The axles are being produced at Dana's Buena Vista, Va., facility and the driveshafts are being produced in Brantford, Ontario, Canada. Production of the four-wheel drive version of the TopKick and Kodiak has begun at GM's Flint, Mich., truck assembly facility.

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