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NEW YORK (Trefis) -- General Motors (GM) is currently the world's second largest automobile original equipment manufacturer based on vehicle sales volume. GM sells cars, trucks and crossover vehicles, and offers vehicle leases and loans through GM Financial. Its business is diversified across products and geographic markets, with operations and sales in more than 120 countries. In China, GM operates primarily through its three joint ventures. General Motors competes with players like Toyota (TM), Honda (HMC), Ford (F), Daimler, Volkswagen and Hyundai.
We recently launched coverage of the company with a Trefis price estimate of $45 for GM's stock, which is about 25% above the current market price of $36.
GM's Brand Rationalization StrategyGM is now focusing its resources upon four core brands: Cadillac, GMC, Buick and Chevrolet. As a result, GM completed the sale of Saab in February 2010, the sale of Saab Automobile GB (Saab GB) in May 2010 and has ceased production of the Pontiac, Saturn, and HUMMER brands as it continues to wind down the related dealerships.
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