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A battery is lifted into place for installation in the Chevrolet Bolt EV at the General Motors Orion Assembly plant Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, in Orion Township, Mich. AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

General Motors will lay off 2,000 employees at two US auto manufacturing plants next year


General Motors will lay 2,000 employees at U.S. plants early 2017, suspending the third shift at two factories in Lordstown, near Cleveland, and Lansing, Mich.

 GM said American consumers are focusing more on trucks and SUVs, which GM builds at other North American factories.

GM also said it would invest $900 million in a transmission plant in Toledo, the Lansing factory and a new plant in Bedford, Indiana, to prepare for future new vehicles.

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FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2016 photo, a 2016 Chevrolet Cruze is on display at the Pittsburgh International Auto Show in Pittsburgh. With 153 horsepower, the 2016 Cruze is more powerful than its predecessor. .(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

The Lordstown plant makes the Chevrolet Cruze (pictured), and the Lansing plant makes the Chevrolet Camaro and Cadillac ATS and CTS models.

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