Washington, D.C. 20549-1004

                                    FORM 8-K
                       THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

          Date of Report
(Date of earliest event reported) March 4, 2002

                           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 March 4, 2002, a news release was issued by General Motors Corporation
(GM) announcing the election of Armando Codina to the General Motors Board of
Directors effective immediately. The release is as follows:

       Florida Businessman Armando Codina Elected To GM Board Of Directors

DETROIT - General Motors Corp.  Chairman John F. Smith,  Jr. today announced the
election of Armando  Codina to the General  Motors Board of Directors  effective
immediately.  The election of Codina increases the membership of the GM board to
14, of whom 12 are independent, outside directors.

Codina, 55, is the Chairman and CEO of the Codina Group, a privately held
Florida-based full-service commercial real estate firm founded in 1979, and
recognized by Florida Trend magazine as the largest commercial developer in the
State of Florida. Codina previously was the President of Professional Automated
Services (P.A.S.), a firm he founded in 1970 to provide data processing services
to physicians. P.A.S. was sold in 1978. He is recognized as a pioneer in the
development of medical management systems.

"The election of Armando to the GM board reflects our commitment to reach out to
people with exceptional leadership and business skills," said GM Chairman John
F. Smith, Jr. "Armando brings to the board a solid history of business and
community leadership combined with a long record of humanitarian service."

Codina also serves on the board of directors of AMR (American Airlines),
BellSouth Corporation, FPL Group Inc., and Winn-Dixie Stores. Active in civic
and community affairs, Codina is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of
Florida International University. He was recently co-chair of the Community
Partnerships for the Homeless. He is a member of the Florida Council of 100 and
member of the Orange Bowl Committee. The American Red Cross recognized Codina as
the Humanitarian of the Year in 2000. The Florida Council on Economic Education
presented Codina the Free Enterpriser of the Year award in 1999. The National
Association of Industrial and Office Properties also selected him as the
Developer/Owner of the Year in 1994. In addition, he received the Silver
Medallion Award from the National Conference of Christians and Jews in 1980.

Codina received an honorary doctor of law degree from Florida International
University. He also received The Charles Whited Spirit of Excellence Award from
Knight Ridder Newspapers, Entrepreneur of the Year award from The Wharton
School, and was named to the Business Leadership Hall of Fame by Junior

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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    March 5, 2002
                                            s/Peter R. Bible
                                            (Peter R. Bible,
                                             Chief Accounting Officer)

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