Tuesday, June 03, 2008

The Tears of Arnie

The horror:

WILMINGTON, Del. — Responding to a shift to smaller vehicles because of surging gasoline prices, the General Motors Corporation said Tuesday that it would end production at four factories in the United States, Canada and Mexico that produce trucks and sport utility vehicles.

The chief executive Rick Wagoner said Tuesday before the automaker’s annual meeting that G.M. would cease production at a full-size pickup factory in Oshawa, Ontario. It also will stop making S.U.V.s at plants in Moraine, Ohio, and Janesville, Wis., and it will stop making mid-size pickups in Toluca, Mexico.

The Hummer brand might be discontinued.