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Colombian Activists File Complaint against GM

Group charges maker violated Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

by on Nov.18, 2014

The labor strife at GM's Colombian plant has, in the past, triggered a hunger strike by workers, and now a complaint filed with the U.S. DOJ and SEC.

Labor activists filed a complaint with the U.S. Dept. of Justice and the Securities Exchange Commission, charging General Motors with violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by paying bribes to government officials in Colombia.

The bribery and corruption charges are the latest twist in long-running dispute between GM and Colombian workers, who argue they were injured while working at a GM assembly plant in Bogota, Colombia, and never received anything near adequate compensation.

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In their new complaint, the workers claim their efforts to be compensated properly for their injuries was systematically subverted by Colombian officials, who were bribed by GM employees in Colombia, according to the complaint filed with the DOJ and SEC. (more…)

Chevrolet Thriving in Latin America

Maker betting on Brazil.

by on Jun.07, 2011

GM sees big growth opportunities south of the border, says Jaime Ardila.

It may be the most American of brands, but that doesn’t mean its success is limited to the market “north of the broder.”  Chevrolet’s bid to become a global brand is already gaining traction in South America.

“South America has been Chevrolet territory,” said Jaime Ardila, president of GM South America, noting that it has been market leader for the last decade. “Many people consider it a local brand,” he added.

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Chevy’s position varies from market to market, but it is gaining ground in most national markets and looking at South America to help it continue its shift away from a long-standing dependence on the U.S. market.

“This is a part of the world where GM has been very strong,” Ardila said during a visit to Detroit.


GM Reorganizes Its Thriving South American Ops

General Motors South America will have its headquarters in Sao Paulo, Brazil, GM’s third largest national market.

by on Jun.22, 2010

Vista aérea do Complexo Industrial de São José dos Campos

Brazil and Mexico could be a source of fuel efficient vehicles for Canada and the U.S.

General Motors Company announced today that it is creating a new regional organization “to meet rising customer demand” in South America by splitting it off from the existing International Operations division.

GM South America will be headquartered in Sao Paulo, Brazil and will be led by Jaime Ardila, currently president and general manager of GM Mercosur.

Ardila becomes president, GM South America and will report directly to GM Chairman and CEO Ed Whitacre. As a member of the Executive Committee and regional president, Ardila becomes the highest-ranking Hispanic in the company.

GM’s largest national market is the United States (arguably if you exclude required joint ventures in China), followed by China, Brazil, Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Italy.


GM has a long history in the area. It opened its first factory in Argentina in 1925., and has since invested billions of dollars in the region, which recently includes a new assembly plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, as well as a design center in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil.

Leaving UAW politics aside, the region could become a source of low-cost, fuel-efficient vehicles for the U.S. and Canada.   (more…)