General Motors Corp. will confirm Thursday at an annual industry business conference in Traverse City, MI, that it will offer composite pickup boxes as an option on its '01 full-size trucks (see Ward's Automotive Reports — March 15, '99, p.5 and Feb. 8, '99, p.4). GM in April started to build a 74,000-sq.-ft. addition to its Ft. Wayne, IN, Silverado/Sierra assembly plant that will make the composite boxes. Having composite beds, side walls and gates will reduce vehicle weight by 30 lbs. to ...

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