General Motors Corp. yesterday closed four pickup truck and sport utility vehicle factories, cutting 10,000 jobs, but announced a new small car that could get 45 miles per gallon.
GM said the truck plant cuts, which will reduce capacity to produce pickups and large SUVs by about 35%, will save the company $1 billion per year.
GM lost $3.3 billion in the first quarter of this year and $3.4 billion in cash from January through March. Its May sales were down 28% compared with last May.
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