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Gm Planning To Shift Truck, Bus Production

General Motors Corp. is moving production of all its school buses and midsize commercial trucks to Flint, Mich., and plans to assemble the next generation of full-size pickup trucks at the plant.

The Flint truck plant’s future had been in doubt because GM had not announced new work beyond the end of the current production of the big C-K pickups, due in 1999. The commercial truck work will be consolidated in Flint in 2001.

Medium-duty truck and bus production will be transferred from Janesville, Wis., enabling that plant to increase production of GM’s full-size sport utility vehicles: the Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon and Chevy-GMC Suburban.

GM also announced that the next version of the Suburban, Tahoe and Yukon will be built at Janesville.

Truck chassis production at the Piquette Street plant in Detroit plant also will be transferred, and that plant will be closed in 2000 to cut costs, GM said.



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