New York — American International Group Inc. will remove “AIG” from the name of a U.S. auto unit, as well as cut 6.6% of jobs there to improve chances of finding a buyer for the operation.

AIG will start calling its business 21st Century Insurance in January, reverting to the brand of a California-based car insurer acquired last year, says Nicholas Ashooh, a spokesman for AIG. The company also will close offices in 12 cities, AIG said in an Oct. 21 letter to workers. The unit had about 5,500 employees as of September 2007.

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