Filed by General Motors Corporation
                                   Subject Company - General Motors Corporation
                                             and Hughes Electronics Corporation
                          Pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act of 1933
                                       and Deemed Filed Pursuant to Rule 14a-12
                                      under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
                                                 Commission File No.: 001-00143

The following is a newsletter provided by DirecTV to its dealers:


As you've probably heard by now, Hughes Electronics, parent company of DIRECTV,
and EchoStar Communications, the owner of DISH Network, have announced that they
plan to merge.

This is great news - not only for DIRECTV and its retail partners, but just as
important, for the American consumers who enjoy satellite television.

"DIRECTV has always delivered a state-of-the-art home-entertainment experience,
and the proposed merger with EchoStar will help us take that experience to the
next level," said Roxanne Austin, DIRECTV president and COO. "There are a
limited number of channels we can use to broadcast via the available direct
broadcast satellite spectrum, and both companies duplicate hundreds of the same
national and local channels.

"By joining forces, the merged company would be able to eliminate redundancy,
freeing up hundreds of channels for many more programming choices. We envision a
variety of new offerings for consumers - more local channels, for instance, as
well as additional high definition television programming, interactive
programming, educational and ethnic services."

Working together, DIRECTV and EchoStar's DISH Network will also be able to
provide a range of services to bridge the "digital divide," such as high-speed
broadband solutions for consumers and businesses. And importantly, those
services will be available in rural areas far from the information superhighway
- at competitive prices.

Given the media attention a merger of this scope is bound to attract, we're sure
that customers will be asking you questions about our products and services. You
should assure them that:

         o        DIRECTV IS HERE TO STAY. DIRECTV is the brand that consumers
                  know and love - and that won't change. EchoStar and Hughes
                  have agreed that after the merger, our satellite TV service
                  and related products will continue to bear the DIRECTV brand.

                  CUSTOMERS. Current customers may not have to change their
                  equipment at all in order to keep receiving their current
                  services after the merger, but if that should change in the
                  future, we will provide customers with new equipment at no
                  cost and with minimal inconvenience to consumers.

                  consumers a wide array of programming, some of it not
                  available on cable, such as NFL Sunday Ticket. We provide a
                  variety of customer incentives right now, including free
                  installation and six months of free Showtime. The merger
                  simply enables us to offer an even better home-entertainment

It will likely take up to a year to obtain the necessary approvals from
shareholders and government agencies. In the meantime, it's critical that we
continue our full-court press to meet our business goals, and to provide the
highest levels of customer satisfaction, before and after this merger closes.

In connection with the proposed transactions, General Motors, Hughes and
EchoStar intend to file relevant materials with the Securities and Exchange
Commission, including one or more Registration Statement(s) on Form S-4 that
contain a prospectus and proxy/consent solicitation statement. Because those
documents will contain important information, holders of GM $1-2/3 and GM Class
H common stock are urged to read them, if and when they become available. When
filed with the SEC, they will be available for free at the SEC's website,, and GM stockholders will receive information at an appropriate time
on how to obtain transaction-related documents for free from General Motors.
Such documents are not currently available.

General Motors and its directors and executive officers, Hughes and certain of
its officers, and EchoStar and certain of its executive officers may be deemed
to be participants in GM's solicitation of proxies or consents from the holders
of GM $1-2/3 common stock and GM Class H common stock in connection with the
proposed transactions. Information regarding the participants and their
interests in the solicitation was filed pursuant to Rule 425 with the SEC by GM
and Hughes on November 16, 2001. Investors may obtain additional information
regarding the interests of the participants by reading the prospectus and
proxy/consent solicitation statement if and when it becomes available.

This communication shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of
an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction
in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to
registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such
jurisdiction. No offering of securities shall be made except by means of a
prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933,
as amended.

Materials included in this document contain "forward-looking statements" within
the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such
forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and
other factors that could cause our actual results to be materially different
from historical results or from any future results expressed or implied by such
forward-looking statements. The factors that could cause actual results of
General Motors Corp. ("GM"), EchoStar Communications Corporation ("EchoStar"),
Hughes Electronics Corp. ("Hughes"), or a combined EchoStar and Hughes to differ
materially, many of which are beyond the control of EchoStar, Hughes or GM
include, but are not limited to, the following: (1) the businesses of EchoStar
and Hughes may not be integrated successfully or such integration may be more
difficult, time-consuming or costly than expected; (2) expected benefits and


synergies from the combination may not be realized within the expected time
frame or at all; (3) revenues following the transaction may be lower than
expected; (4) operating costs, customer loss and business disruption including,
without limitation, difficulties in maintaining relationships with employees,
customers, clients or suppliers, may be greater than expected following the
transaction; (5) generating the incremental growth in the subscriber base of the
combined company may be more costly or difficult than expected; (6) the
regulatory approvals required for the transaction may not be obtained on the
terms expected or on the anticipated schedule; (7) the effects of legislative
and regulatory changes; (8) an inability to obtain certain retransmission
consents; (9) an inability to retain necessary authorizations from the FCC; (10)
an increase in competition from cable as a result of digital cable or otherwise,
direct broadcast satellite, other satellite system operators, and other
providers of subscription television services; (11) the introduction of new
technologies and competitors into the subscription television business; (12)
changes in labor, programming, equipment and capital costs; (13) future
acquisitions, strategic partnership and divestitures; (14) general business and
economic conditions; and (15) other risks described from time to time in
periodic reports filed by EchoStar, Hughes or GM with the Securities and
Exchange Commission. You are urged to consider statements that include the words
"may," "will," "would," "could," "should," "believes," "estimates," "projects,"
"potential," "expects," "plans," "anticipates," "intends," "continues,"
"forecast," "designed," "goal," or the negative of those words or other
comparable words to be uncertain and forward-looking.