More stories related to 2005 NAIASDETROIT – General Motors Corp. says it will continue its drive to improve efficiency at its U.S. operations, although it will not initiate any layoff programs in 2005.

The auto maker plans to continue to use attrition and retirement programs to help reduce its headcount by as much as 7%.

Gary Cowger, head of GM’s North American operations, tells reporters during the North American International Auto Show here the world’s largest auto maker has no plans to initiate “forced layoffs” at its North American unit. But he expects the improvements will reduce staffing levels up to 7%.

GM has been slashing employee numbers in the U.S. in recent years in an effort to better align the organization with its sales and production.