General Motors ending production of some models of passenger cars

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(NBC News Channel) -- General Motors announced an aggressive cost-saving plan that will end production of several compact cars in early 2019, including the Chevrolet Volt and the Chevrolet Cruze.

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The Chevrolet Impala full-size car will also be discontinued.

GM plans to shut down several manufacturing plants and lay off about 15% of its workforce.

The move comes as Americans are abandoning passenger cars in favor of crossovers, SUVs and pickups.

The company will also end sales of the Cadillac XTS and Buick Lacrosse luxury cars after production ends in March.

And the Cadillac CT6 will be killed off after mid-2019, though it will continue to be sold in China.