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GM-HONDA PACT WON'T AFFECT TONAWANDA PLANT

General Motors Corp.'s deal to acquire engines and transmissions from Honda Motor Co. won't affect production at its engine plant in the Town of Tonawanda, a company official said.

The automakers announced a deal Monday that will put about 100,000 V-6 Honda engines into GM-brand vehicles in North America. Honda will get diesel motors from GM's Isuzu Motors affiliate.

The agreement represents a relatively small fraction of GM's engine production, said Sherrie Childers, communications director for the Powertrain division.

No future engine design projects are being supplanted by the Honda deal, she said.

The Powertrain plant on River Road produces about 1 million V-6 motors annually, in addition to four- and eight-cylinder motors. Workers have been awaiting announcement of a new product that will replace one of four aging engines.

If current products wind down without replacement, overhead costs of the 2.5 million square-foot factory will drag down the site's competitiveness, workers fear.

GM hasn't decided what vehicle the Honda engines will power, Childers said. Under the deal, part of a trend at GM to build supply alliances with other automakers, Honda plans to use Isuzu diesel engines in its European market.

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