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Jamie LaReau

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August 25, 2008 - 12:01 am ET

There have been news reports that General Motors is canceling some future GMC product plans.

Insiders at GM insist that nothing has been canceled — yet. But all GM product plans are fluid right now because of changing market conditions, and that certainly rings true for GMC.

Here's a look at what is in the pipeline for the truck brand.

Terrain: GM plans to add a compact crossover, the Terrain, to GMC's lineup for the 2011 model year. The vehicle would be a reskinned Chevrolet Equinox and essentially replace the Pontiac Torrent. It will be built on GM's Theta Premium architecture.

Acadia: If GM keeps the Acadia, it will be freshened for the 2010 model year with a V-8 engine offered. But it's possible that GM will decide the Buick Enclave will suffice for the Buick-Pontiac-GMC sales channel and cancel the Acadia. Others say the Acadia's success could allow GMC to cancel the Yukon.

Envoy: No time frame is set, but expect GM to start phasing out the mid-sized SUV much as it is doing with the Chevrolet TrailBlazer. The Moraine, Ohio, plant, which builds the vehicle, is slated to close in 2010. But some speculate the plant might end production sooner.

Yukon/Yukon XL: GM's executives are reviewing all truck plans, and anything could be changed. One Yukon model may be eliminated. A new model may be developed on the fwd Lambda vehicle architecture.

The restyling and re-engineering for the 2012 model year is on hold.

Canyon: Sales of the small pickup have been disappointing. But GM thinks a market exists for the Canyon, and dealers still want it in the lineup. A redesign is penciled in for the 2012 model year. The Canyon could be dropped because of low sales and cost restrictions.

Sierra: The 2009 Sierra Two Mode hybrid will go on sale in the first half of next year. GM is counting on the vehicle to help the struggling large-pickup segment.

Savana: No major changes are planned to GMC's full-sized van.

Link: http://www.autonews.com/article/20080825/ANA03/808250308

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