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January 11, 2019, 5:19 pm GMT Paul A. EisensteinGeneral Motors expects to deliver stronger than expected results for the last months of 2018 and 2019, partly by streamlining its products and production capacity, the General Manager , Mary Barra informs Wall Street analysts and investors at a meeting on the New York Stock Exchange today.Barra and her management team plan to offer a broadly optimistic view of the industry, GM planners anticipating a new good year of sales in the United States. Barra should defend the decision to close three assembly plants and abandon six models of sedans in order to adapt to changing market conditions. The move, along with the massive GM white collar cuts, will cut close to 15,000 jobs this year. But Barra stressed that it was necessary to move from a position of strength rather than wait for an economic downturn during a teleconference with reporters in anticipation of the Wall Street meeting. Under Barra, who held the position of General Manager in 2014, GM made a number of cuts, both in the US and abroad, by pulling out of unprofitable markets like Russia and Africa of the South and by selling its European activities in difficulty. With other manufacturers, including Ford, who also reduced their business, GM worried that the USB was not settled, but Barra said Friday morning: "What we have in the plans for 2019, we have already announced it, "adding that" depending on the current economic situation … there is nothing left that has been announced. "Nothing regarding the closure new factories, but analysts are wondering where GM is going in terms of products.The automaker will not go as far as its rival Ford, but almost abandons private cars, but it drastically reduces its sales of sedans and coupes all By expanding its pickup options, GM is also poised to take a big step toward autonomous and electrified vehicles, Barra announced on Friday that a brand new family of battery-powered electric vehicles would begin to roll out. d The luxury Cadillac receives the first model. GM's new president, Mark Reuss, said he would dispose of virtually every technology that GM owns, including its semi-autonomous Super Cruise. Eventually, the new platform behind the Caddy EV will be used for a wide range of products sold from GM's four US brands, as well as models marketed in China, which is now the world's largest market for electric vehicles.Barra has repeatedly stated that his goal was to pass entirely to the battery, and the new "architecture" that used for the Cadillac electric vehicle should allow GM to take a more aggressive stance against the Tesla automaker.About autonomous vehicles, GM's former president, Dan Ammann, now at the head of Cruise Automation's AV subsidiary, hinted that the automaker was evolving rapidly. The Cruise subsidiary has "made many improvements to its automatic driving technology" and appears to be about to launch a new stand-alone driving sharing service that could challenge the one launched at the end of last year by Waymo, a company derived from Google. .Ammann said that Cruise would take the "appropriate steps" to ensure safety, which might involve the use of human rescue drivers, but "could" opt for driverless products. The cuts announced last November, as well as others These measures should help eliminate up to 2.5 billion dollars in costs, about half of which by the end of 2019, said Dhivya Suryadevara. , Chief Financial Officer of GM. Even before the budget cuts began, GM's financial situation increased. Barra and his team took the trouble to report, while the CEO was planning to tell Wall Street analysts that the automaker's profits would exceed the optimistic expectations of last fall. Although Barra does not discuss specific numbers, GM now expects to exceed its earnings per share forecast of 5.80 to $ 6.20 for the full year of 2018. And hopes to exceed $ 4 billion in cash flow. free when it will publish its annual results next month. Barra expects earnings per share of between $ 6.50 and $ 7.00 for 2019, with a consensus analyst estimated at $ 5.90. Free cash flow is expected to be in the range of $ 4.5 billion to $ 6 billion.