GM to cease production at 4 pickup, SUV factories

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) -- General Motors is shutting down some plants.

Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner says the automaker will close four pickup truck and sport utility vehicle plants in Ohio, Wisconsin, Canada and Mexico.

The company says it will cease production at a full-size pickup factory in Oshawa, Ontario. It also will stop making SUVs at factories in Moraine, Ohio, and Janesville, Wisconsin. It also plans to end production of mid-size pickups in Toluca, Mexico.

Wagoner announced the moves in response to slumping sales of pickups and SUVs brought on by high oil prices. He says a market shift to smaller vehicles is permanent.

He also says the company will build a new small car in Lordstown, Ohio by mid-2010, and add shifts at car plants in
Lordstown and in Orion Township in Michigan.

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