NEW ALBANY, Ind. (Dec. 11)—General Motors Corp. has awarded Hitachi Cable Indiana Inc. the brake hose assembly contract for the 2004 Chevrolet S-10 pickup program. The hose maker and assembler has been able to pick up market share despite the economic climate in North America, said Patrick Houghlin, vice president of sales, marketing and administration. This summer Hitachi opened a 50,000-sq.-ft. plant in Russell County, Ky., for power steering and vacuum hose assembly and steel and aluminum tube forming. The transfer of tube forming from its Indiana plant opened up space for new production of polytetrafluoroethylene/steel wire hose assemblies for the vehicle stability control system on Honda of America Manufacturing Inc.'s 2003 MDX. Hitachi also expects to launch power steering hose production and assembly for an unnamed Mitsubishi program early next year, Houghlin said.