How Gm Got The Inside Track In China

For Chinese officials, a visit to Brazil last year was like a trip into the future. A high-level delegation from Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp. got a grand tour of General Motors Corp.'s Brazilian operations. Brazil has been transformed into a key outpost in GM's global network, linked by computer to the company's worldwide automotive and technology businesses so that cars and factories can be designed in concert with GM technical centers around the world. "We told them, `This is what Shanghai could become,"' recalls GM Chief Executive John F. Smith Jr.

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