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GM PULSAT NETWORK HAS 5,000TH GM DEALER

 GM PULSAT NETWORK HAS 5,000TH GM DEALER
 WASHINGTON, June 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The GM Pulsat Network celebrated


a milestone today when the 5,000th General Motors dealership was equipped with a satellite dish.
 With 5,200 total installations -- 5,000 dealerships and 200 GM facilities -- the GM Pulsat Network is now the largest private satellite communications network in the world.
 Ceremonies commemorating the milestone installation were held at Burdette Brothers Pontiac in Clarksburg, Md. General Motors (NYSE: GM), Pontiac Motor Division, EDS (Electronic Data Systems) and Hughes Network Systems officials participated in the event.
 "This is a momentous day for General Motors and its dealership network," said Duncan A. Brodie, general director of dealer systems and communication on the GM Customer Sales and Service Staff in Detroit. "The Pulsat Network provides our dealers leading edge communications technology to enhance their sales and service effectiveness with GM customers. It's a win-win situation for all involved."
 The GM Pulsat Network was publicly introduced in May 1990. Since then, some 5,200 GM operations across the country have been equipped with satellite dishes to allow two-way data and one-way video transmission between GM and its dealerships. Installation, which is funded by GM, is continuing at a pace of 125 units per week. Nearly all of GM's 9,000 U.S. dealer locations will be equipped with satellite dishes by the end of 1992, Brodie noted.
 "We look forward to reaping the benefits of the GM Pulsat Network," said Donald W. Burdette, general manager of Burdette Brothers Pontiac. "This type of communications technology can give us a competitive edge by providing us faster and more reliable sales, service and training information. We plan to make the most of this network."
 Brodie credited EDS and Hughes Network Systems, a unit of GM Hughes Electronics, with playing major roles in the successful rollout and ongoing operation of the Pulsat Network.
 EDS, he explained, is responsible for the development, implementation and ongoing technical operation of Pulsat, while Hughes Network Systems is providing the satellite technology and electronic support equipment.
 "This has been a major technological team effort," Brodie said. "This type of project underscores the value and potential of having Hughes and EDS on the GM team."
 When fully installed and operational, the GM Pulsat Network will replace GM's existing land-based dealer communications system which uses public telephone lines, Brodie said. The satellite network is better equipped to handle the expected increase in data exchange between GM and its dealers into the 21st century, he noted.
 "The faster and more efficient we are in transmitting data to our dealers, the more time they will have to do what they do best -- sell and service GM products," he said. "Equally important, with its current level of satellite and computer technology, Pulsat will be a platform for expanding future electronic communications with our dealers."
 Brodie said GM is exploring many new data-intensive applications for Pulsat, including electronic repair manuals, electronic vehicle invoicing and the next generation of computer diagnostics.
 "With this type of technology, the possibilities are endless," he said. "The sky is the limit."
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 /CONTACT: Tom Pyden of General Motors, 313-556-2034/
 (GM) CO: General Motors Corporation; Pontiac Motor Division; Electronic Data
 Systems; Hughes Network Systems ST: Maryland, Michigan IN: AUT CPR SU:


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