General Motors Canada has announced that it has begun notifying its dealer body that it will be culling its sales networks by some 42 percent. The massive cut means that GM's 709 dealers will be trimmed by around 245 stores. The cuts will come as the restructuring automaker will elect to not renew its sales and service contracts come October 2010.

It is not immediately clear how many of those stores are from marques that GM is looking to divest or fold (Hummer, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn), but it is estimated by the Canada Automobile Dealers Association that some 10,000 jobs related may be affected by the cuts. Official press release after the jump.

[Sources: CBCNews; General Motors]


PRESS RELEASE:

GM Canada Statement Regarding Canadian Dealer Network Consolidation Activities

Oshawa, ON, May 20, 2009 - GM Canada, at the request of the Federal and Ontario Governments, accelerated its restructuring and released a revised, more aggressive Operating Plan on April 27th, which included plans to reduce the number of GM dealerships in Canada by approximately 42%. Today, GM Canada will advise Canadian dealers of the specifics of our network consolidation plan, including the identification of dealers whose Sales and Service agreement would not be renewed following expiry in October 2010. The goal is to accomplish this reduction in an orderly, cost-effective and customer-friendly way.

Due to the unique aspects of our Canadian dealer network, we have focused our network rationalization efforts on key urban markets in an effort to achieve a viable network configuration all across Canada. The end result in Canada will be a more competitive dealer network with higher volumes, while continuing to maintain the strongest and broadest dealer network in the country better equipped to serve GM customers.

General Motors of Canada (GMCL) is headquartered in Oshawa Ontario and employs 12,000 people nationwide. GM of Canada manufactures vehicles, vehicle powertrains, and markets the full range of General Motors vehicles and related services through approximately 700 dealerships and retailers across Canada.

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