GM to Force Up to 1,200 Dealers to Close

GM says it will force 1,000 to 1,200 underperforming dealerships to close their doors, according to an AP report on Tuesday.

From AP: General Motors Corp. told its dealers…that it will force 1,000 to 1,200 underperforming locations to close their doors as the automaker tries to thin dealer ranks to make the remaining outlets more profitable.

GM told the dealers about the plan in a video conference, according to a dealer who spoke on condition of anonymity because the video conference was private. It is part of the company’s plan announced Monday to cut more than 2,600 dealers by 2010.

The company expects to lose 500 Hummer and Saturn dealers when those brands close or are sold, and it expects 400 dealers to close voluntarily. Another 500 would be consolidated into other dealerships, according to the dealer.

Company spokeswoman Susan Garontakos confirmed the numbers..
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GM announced Monday it plans to reduce dealerships by 42 percent from 2008 to 2010, cutting them from 6,246 to 3,605.

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