DETROIT – General Motors Corp. will announce today plans to drop its Chevy Astro and GMC safari minivans and permanently shutter its Baltimore assembly plant, Ward’s learns. The factory’s closure has been widely speculated for several years. (See related story: Southern Hospitality) GM will discontinue Astro sales following the ’05 model year. The rear-wheel-drive Astro and Safari are outdated products in the front-wheel-drive dominated minivan segment. Sales have been dwindling for ...

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