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General Motors is postponing redesigns of several of its SUVs and bakkies as it shifts its focus towards developing more fuel-efficient vehicles.

The Wall Street Journal reported that GM will extend the life cycles of it current range of SUVs and trucks. New designs are not expected to be released until at least 2012.

The news follows closely on GM's announcement that it was reviewing its Hummer brand and considered selling the brand that has generally been labelled producing as gas guzzlers.

The manufacturer is apparently also considering adding bakkies built onlighter unibody platforms.

GM will reportedly also meet the growing demand for more fuel-efficient vehicles by sourcing small cars from its Asian operations. These cars will initially be shipped to the US, but may eventually be built there too.

Furthermore, the company is exploring ways to expand its range of plug-in electric vehicles, starting with the Chevrolet Volt, planned for introduction late in 2010.


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