DETROIT General Motors Corp. says it will cut one shift at four North American factories that make pickup trucks and big sport utility vehicles, resulting in some layoffs.
The world s largest automaker said Monday the cuts are due to sagging sales, brought on by high gasoline prices and a housing industry downturn.
GM says the cuts will affect pickup factories in Pontiac and Flint, Mich., and Oshawa, Ontario, as well as the full-size SUV plant in Janesville, Wis.
The company says the cuts mean it will make about 88,000 fewer pickups and 50,000 fewer large SUVs this calendar year.
GM says the number of layoffs will be worked out with its unions.
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