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12-Millionth Engine Built at GM São José dos Campos Complex in Brazil

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São José dos Campos Complex

General Motors’ São José dos Campos manufacturing facility last month celebrated the production of its 12-millionth engine nearly 58 years after the complex built its first engine. The first engine built at São José dos Campos Complex rolled off the line on March 10th, 1959, the plant’s inaugural day, making it the first Chevrolet engine built in Brazil.

São José dos Campos currently builds the 2.5-liter Ecotec and 2.8-liter turbodiesel engines found in the Chevy S10, as well as the 3.6-liter V6 and 2.8-liter turbodiesels found in the Chevy Trailblazer. The first engine built at the plant in 1959 was a 4.2-liter six-cylinder.

The complex includes six different factories: one where the S10 and Trailblazer are built, two engine plants, one transmission plant, a stamping line, and a line for plastic parts. Annual production for the complex is more than 618,000 units; in its first year of operation, the complex’s output was a mere 25,000 engines.

“The Industrial Complex of São José dos Campos had significant importance for the Vale do Paraíba region, contributing to its economic growth and registering great marks in its trajectory,” said Marcos Munhoz, GM’s vice president in Brazil.

GM’s Brazilian production presence also includes the São Caetano do Sul and Gravataí complexes, a Joinville plant where motors and aluminum heads are built, and a stamping plant in Mogi das Cruzes. GM also operates the Chevrolet Logistics Center in Sorocaba and a Technological Center in São Caetano do Sul.