Sunday, July 3, 2011
Brazil is the third-largest market for GM globally and the second largest for the Chevrolet brand.
GM is on track to complete $3 billion of investment in Brazil between 2008 and 2012.
GM has increased sales in Brazil by 50,000 vehicles per year over the past five years and posted record sales of 657,724 vehicles in 2010.
The São Caetano do Sul plant was GM’s first Brazilian plant, beginning production in October 1928. After implementing the third shift, the plant will be able to assemble 250,000 vehicles per year compared with 200,000 on two shifts currently.
GM has manufactured and sold vehicles under the Chevrolet brand for 85 years in Brazil. GM do Brasil has three vehicle manufacturing plants, in São Caetano do Sul, São José dos Campos (both in the State of São Paulo), and Gravataí (State of Rio Grande do Sul). GM facilities in Brazil include a stamping plant in Mogi das Cruzes; a logistics center and warehouse in Sorocaba; proving grounds in Indaiatuba; a technical center in São Caetano do Sul (all in São Paulo) and a logistic hub at the SUAPE port (in Pernambuco). GM is building a new powertrain plant in Joinville, to be inaugurated in late 2012. GM do Brasil is one of the five GM global product development centers.