Detroit, Michigan – General Motors has announced that it will idle approximately 30 per cent of its North American assembly plant volume during the first quarter of 2009, and reduce production by approximately 250,000 units.

The company said that its sales in November 2008 were down 41 per cent compared to November 2007; overall, industry sales were down 36 per cent.

In Canada, the action will affect plants in Oshawa and Ingersoll, Ontario, which produce the Chevrolet Impala, Silverado and Equinox, the GMC Sierra, and the Pontiac Torrent.

The production cuts will also affect 14 plants in the United States, and three in Mexico.

GM said that it will also continue to assess its powertrain and stamping capacity needs, and make adjustments as necessary.

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