General Motors Corp. says plans to cull 40% of its U.S. distribution network by the end of 2010 will position it more competitively against Asian rivals. The auto maker notified 1,100 dealers today their franchise agreements will not be renewed beyond next year. “Too many dealers are a problem,” says Mark LaNeve, GM vice president-sales service and marketing. “What is critical is a healthy, viable dealer network, just like a healthy viable GM, that can attract the best operators, can ...

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