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Leaner GM has dealers optimistic about future

Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier
It's business as usual at Lamb Chevrolet & Cadillac.

Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier It's business as usual at Lamb Chevrolet & Cadillac.

PRESCOTT - General Motors' recent bankruptcy filing isn't changing the way local dealers are selling the automaker's vehicles.

As GM works its way through its recent bankruptcy filing, Ted Lamb, owner of Lamb Chevrolet, said Friday morning that he doesn't expect it will affect any of the car lines he sells.

Mike Dennis, general manager at Tim's Buick Pontiac GMC on Willow Creek Road, said the same thing.

The Michigan-based automaker filed for bankruptcy June 1.

Trying to create a leaner company, GM is shedding its Pontiac, Saturn, Hummer and Saab lines and one-third of its 6,000 U.S. dealerships by 2010, according to a recent CNNMoney.com story.

Lamb and Dennis - whose dealerships are safe from the closures - continue to focus on sales.

Lamb said GM is coming up with some value programs for consumers. And he said business is starting to come back around.

"We're seeing some consumer confidence come back," he said. "We're seeing the layoffs are not as bad as they were. We're seeing some increased traffic."

Dennis said Friday morning that business is the same as it was before the automaker's filing.