GM To Increase Output At Joinville Engine Plant In Brazil4
General Motors has just announced that it will increase engine production at the GM Joinville plant in Brazil, the company’s main powertrain facility in South America that is considered one of the most modern and sustainable in the world.
GM’s Brazilian subsidiary confirmed that the Joinville plant will add a third production shift as of November 1st, allowing more than 130 new hires and a significant increase in the plant’s production capacity. This increased production at Joinville, which exclusively builds eighth-generation Ecotec small engines, will support unit exports and the arrival of the upcoming next-generation Chevy Montana.
“The return of the third shift in Joinville has a very relevant meaning for GM in South America,” said President and CEO of GM South America, Santiago Chamorro, in an official press release. “With the increase in production capacity in Joinville, we will export engines and support the launch of the new Montana in 2023, which will be assembled at our factory in São Caetano do Sul,” he added.
In particular, the addition of the third shift at the Joinville plant will translate into a 30 percent increase in its production capacity from the current 312,000 units per year to some 410,000 units starting next month. This will see the powertrain complex operating at near full capacity for the first time, which may cap out at 417,000 units per year thanks to the substantial expansion of the plant inaugurated at the end of 2019.
The Joinville plant currently manufactures three state-of-the-art engines that power Chevrolet’s best-selling models in Brazil and throughout the region. These are the 82-horsepower naturally aspirated 1.0L I-3 for the base variants of the Chevy Onix, the 116-horsepower turbocharged 1.0L I-3 shared by the Onix and Chevy Tracker, plus the 133-horsepower turbo 1.2L I-3 that the crossover will share with the upcoming Chevy Montana.
Since its inauguration in early 2013, the Joinville plant has become one of GM’s most strategic facilities in South America and continues to manufacture engines, heads and blocks. In addition to manufacturing all the engines in the history of the Onix – the best-selling vehicle in South America – the Joinville factory expanded to also make the blocks for the Tracker and the new Montana that seek to dominate their respective segments in the region.
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Looks like GM is going to continue to play the IC card for South America and go all in with EV’s for North America. GM is wise to do this since they know that South America is not going to be hell bent on embracing EV’s.
Look GM is adding EV but if you have not noticed they are not eliminating the ICE models. They are either selecting specific models to go EV that are not high volume or if they are high volume they are offering both ICE and EV.
Much of the future here is while marketing is selling the EV the ICE is not being totally eliminated yet.
Also South America does not have California and 13 other states using California law.
The real problem is China is really putting a big presents in South America.
As for shortages every MFG has shortages and GM is far from the worst effected. Sales numbers are up at GM while everyone else is down. That is the story of the market today.
GM has passed Toyota up again in sales.
To market tangible goods in Brazil in the motor vehicle class and construction/mining equipment, a maker has to have 50+% of the product made there.
In the Banana Republics and third world countries IC vehicles will be the forever mainstay. Countries 500 miles either side of the equator will be IC dominant. Also in the countries of the near and middle east where they don’t eat Pork and eat Lamb.
GM and Brandon are promoting EV’s to the US urban and suburban masses. It’s selective targeting to the digital crowd like what Tesla is doing. That’s why Mary Barra went to CES and not SEMA. The digital crowd is growing by leaps and bounds. They desire to live in apartments, despise yard work, red meat, drink Starbucks, and avoid print media. Attire preference is sneakers, jeans, t shirts, tattoos, beards and man bobs for the males, and pony tails for the females. They want everything to be instantaneous and automatic.
It’s all about style trends and market identification. Within the USA and Europe, Japan, it’s conforming and staying in the hip crowd.
While some of what you post is true there is much more to this and it goes even deeper.
It is not Just GM and Just Brandon. Trust me I am far from a Brandon Fan. There is a large global push for the EV mods and they are targeting the largest auto markets and the strongest economies. To be honest I feel it is to do more to disrupt our economy and our industry vs saving trees.
The automakers have to respond with EV as they are being forced into it. Even if Trump came into office next week the EV plans globally will remain in place.
With Billions involved they will continue to develop these models and at some point they will be ready for prime time. This is also why we have two Blazers and two Equinox one gas one EV. While GM has promoted the EV the ICE has not been forgotten. It will be around for a good while yet though the sized of the engine will continue to shrink. Ram is now looking to do an In line 6 to replace all the V8 models. Size is about all they can cut to meet tougher numbers.
This is not about style but control and globalization. It is being sold as a life style but it is more a take over. This also plays into the income sharing that the globalist are pushing. They hurt the strong and push the weak economies till everyone is hurting and under their control. This is why the money people like Gates are pushing this and those like Musk, YE West and Trump who are not cooperating get bashed.
All the automakers are making the same changes and its to save their companies not trees. The hope is in the end vehicles will be cheaper to build in the long run and more profitable like most electronics. That is the only goal they have.
There is much more to this. But no matter what it will take oil to build the future as we still need it till they have gotten things worked out. But the globalism are trying to damage America by making oil expensive.