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GM to offer new midsize pickups

DETROIT — General Motors plans to roll out a line of completely revamped midsize pickup trucks, with gas mileage and features designed to take sales from Toyota’s market-leading Tacoma.

The trucks will replace the aging Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. Mark Reuss, GM’s North American president, said Tuesday that the trucks will be able to do 95 percent of the work that a big truck can do.

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Sales of midsize and small pickups slumped after the recession as businesses curtailed spending. Ford Motor Co. stopped selling its Ranger small pickup in the United States in December 2011 to focus on its full-size F-150.

Now truck sales are recovering as parts of the US economy, particularly the housing sector, recover.

The trucks, due out sometime next year, will be slightly larger than a Tacoma with engines and transmissions that get better mileage than GM’s full-size trucks, Reuss said.

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