GM Expands Its Product Engineering Capabilities In South America17
General Motors announced the expansion of its product engineering capabilities in South America, where the company operates one of its four global technology centers capable of creating and developing a vehicle. The automaker is expanding research and development areas in the region to raise the level of competitiveness as well as enhance the international reach of next-generation products created by GM Brazil.
The General Motors Technology Center in São Caetano do Sul, located in the industrial complex that the company owns in the Brazilian state of São Paulo, will expand the capabilities of its engineering structure to develop world-class products and services that can even be exported to a larger number of markets around the world. The expansion is already underway and is part of the 2020-2024 investment plan of the Brazilian subsidiary.
“GM South America engineering has experience in designing successful vehicles for different segments and markets,” said Ricardo Fanucchi, General Director of Product Engineering of GM South America, the an official press release. “The expansion of the research and development areas aims to focus on new products and technologies aimed at both our local customers and those from other regions as well,” he added.
GM South America informs that it will hire around 250 engineers from various specialties to work mainly in the areas of the São Caetano do Sul Technological Center, such as bodywork and structure, exterior, interior, chassis, engine, transmission, electronics, controllers, software and virtual simulation. The new hires will also work at Brazil’s Cruz Alta Proving Ground and even within a local GM supplier partner.
General Motors’ objective of the engineering capabilities expansion in South America is to capitalize on the Brazilian subsidiary’s solid experience in the creation of successful vehicles, which played a leading role in the development of Chevrolet‘s new family of global vehicles, which includes the Onix and current-generation Tracker. In addition, this will also allow for further cooperation with GM technology centers in the United States, China and South Korea.
The next new vehicle created by GM’s engineering arm in South America will be the upcoming Chevy Montana, the first compact unibody pickup developed by the manufacturer. Spotted for the first time in South Korea, the next-generation Montana’s bigger dimensions and extensive technological features could open up new export markets for the Brazilian subsidiary.
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It would seem to me that GM could invest that money right here in America. Just saying
indeed would prefer they do a design center in Florida, another Design center here in Hamburg with a concept car factory… well after leaving whole Europe could be a better return than again the Frankfurt Am Main… than investing in S. Paulo, where in decades just loose positions, it was in 1990ies the 4th, now the 8th… sell the Onix as best and S10 too but is a loser with Camaro and EV cars and none Cadillac, Buick SUVs or Hummer are there. Then politics in Brasil are more difficult than in Europe
Wow, it was just late 2016 and most of 2017 when GM took some 300 Engineers and their families from Brazil to to Michigan.
… yep, other day, 10 years ago, they almost closed the entire GMB, now redoing
GM Brazil is better at engineering small cars then America.
… yep, this came from the high dependency with Europe in far past.
Well, considering gm doesn’t make small cars in the US, that makes a lot of sense.
Investing in designing and engineering affordable ICE cars and pickups exclusively for Third World markets while they abandon their own, reinventing themselves as a purveyor of w0ke high-end EVs, bargain Ferraris and luxury “pickups” and SUVs for clueless virtue signaling liberal elites back in the USSA.
Brasil is not ‘Third World’ this pre-concept should stop from USA and European guys
Back when the term “third world” was in use, Brazil was absolutely listed as third world.
Look it up.
but USA is not first world too
Saying the US wasn’t first world is like saying Brazil isn’t a BRIC country.
It’s part of the definition. But of course, first world doesn’t meant anything anymore.
It isn’t “PC” to call the Third World the Third World anymore (and you certainly can’t call a sh!thole country a sh!thole country without outraging all the comatose dweebs currently steering society’s ship into an iceberg), but all the wishful thinking in the world and the endless sunshine and lollipops they keep blowing up our poop chutes won’t make reality any less real.
The biggest mistake of Brazilian developed Chevrolet Corsa was made by replacing the long term class leading Corsa in South Africa, which is now being lead by Nissan NP 200. Nissan managed to keep beautiful design cues of old Corsa Ute, hence it took over its reigns. My advice to GM Brazil designers, is that they do head on head comparison of the previous Corsa Ute, new Brazilian Corsa Ute and Nissan NP 200, maybe they will See what went wrong and what South Africans like.
… it had to do, Opel and GM divorced, could not take further the platform, so there was no mistake
… worked in the Corsa Sedan, Corsa Pick Up and Corsa Wagon and derivative Blue Macaw Celta …
… had also a 1995 Corsa Wind Purple bought 20 % less direct in factory as Employee, so knows 🤔
The best company I worked for, between 1995 and 1997, but dreamed of in Design and asked demission, dreaming to Europe, rehires Engineers and duplicates the CT where I found myself. Well they hire more than 250 people. I live in Germany North, so going back 10 000 km is far from today’s plans, then they only pay R$ 6 thousand to 8 thousand and that in Euros I earn without working, after all, € 1100 pays well the rent of € 850 and helps the wife something 1/3 of the family income. Of course, in the distant future we will look for a warm place to retire more, but S. Paulo without a beach is inadequate for that. The GMB is an alternative for those in the Southeast of Brazil, but it has high crime, confusion and poverty around. Well, a turnaround for us today is unthinkable over 50 years ago. We are poor but calm at home, so …. To go back to Brasil it should have been a € 5000 Salary or R$ 30000 in current exchange, but this they do not pay. Further, they are hiring Engineers, part of me, told nothing about Styling and Designers 🤔
Keep investing in foreign markets GM, I’ll buy from the manufacturer who produces vehicles in the USA.