Washington, D.C. 20549-1004

                                    FORM 8-K
                       THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

          Date of Report
(Date of earliest event reported) September 17, 2001

                           GENERAL MOTORS CORPORATION
             (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

      STATE OF DELAWARE                 1-143                 38-0572515
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(State or other jurisdiction   (Commission File Number)   (I.R.S. Employer
 of incorporation)                                        Identification No.)

   300 Renaissance Center, Detroit, Michigan                 48265-3000
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  (Address of principal executive offices)                   (Zip Code)

Registrant's telephone number, including area code       (313)-556-5000

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      On September 17, 2001, General Motors Corporation (GM) issued a news
release providing an update of its operations and market outlook. The release is
as follows:

     DETROIT,  Sept. 17  /PRNewswire/ -- General Motors Corp.  (NYSE:  GM) today
provided an update on its operations and market outlook.

     "GM and its family of employees, dealers and suppliers are deeply saddened
by the loss of life and suffering of so many victims and their families last
week. We are committed to helping in the nation's recovery from these tragic
events," said GM President and Chief Executive Officer Rick Wagoner.

     A production stoppage occurred at all of GM's U.S. manufacturing and
assembly plants on Friday in observance of National Prayer and Remembrance Day.
GM closed three East Coast plants on Tuesday in light of events, and lost some
additional production later in the week as a result of parts shortages.

     Despite these temporary stoppages, General Motors today said its
manufacturing plants in North America are expected to run at a nearly regular
pace of production for the remainder of the third quarter. GM also said its
third quarter production losses attributable to the terrorist activity and its
aftermath will be less than 10,000 units. Accordingly total production for the
third quarter is expected to be slightly above 1.22 million units.

     Based on this current assessment, GM affirmed its previously stated
expectation for third quarter earnings of $0.83 per share.

     "The market outlook for the remainder of the year is more difficult to
predict," said Wagoner. "While vehicle deliveries were somewhat resilient last
week, it is too soon to determine the effect on consumer confidence. We will
closely monitor the economic outlook and will be prepared to make the
appropriate production adjustments," said Wagoner.

     Prior to last week, GM had expected U.S. vehicle sales for the year to be
about 16.8 million units, and fourth quarter production was expected to be about
1.318 million units, down about 3 percent compared to the prior year. GM will
release its regular update on sales and production on Oct. 2.

     In this press release and related comments by General Motors management,
our use of the words "outlook," "expect," "anticipate," "estimate," "forecast,"
"objective," "plan," "goal" and similar expressions is intended to identify
forward looking statements. While these statements represent our current
judgment on what the future may hold, and we believe these judgments are
reasonable, actual results may differ materially due to numerous important
factors that are described in GM's most recent report on SEC Form 10-K (at page
II-10,11) which may be revised or supplemented in subsequent reports on SEC
Forms 10-Q and 8-K. Such factors include, among others, the following: changes
in economic conditions, currency exchange rates or political stability;
shortages of fuel, labor strikes or work stoppages; market acceptance of the
corporation's new products; significant changes in

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the competitive environment; changes in laws, regulations and tax rates; and,
the ability of the corporation to achieve reductions in cost and employment
levels to realize production efficiencies and implement capital expenditures at
levels and times planned by management.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the
registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

                                            GENERAL MOTORS CORPORATION
Date    September 18, 2001
                                            /s/Peter R. Bible
                                            (Peter R. Bible,
                                             Chief Accounting Officer)

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