GRAVATAI, Brazil — General Motors Corp. Chairman John F. Smith Jr. and Brazil President Fernando Henrique Cardoso on July 20 inaugurated what GM considers one of the world's most lean and cost-efficient automobile plants — the Blue Macaw small car project. “The assembly complex we are dedicating today is much more than just another plant; it is a major step forward in the way automobiles are built,” Smith said at the ceremony. “Engineers, economists, business leaders and reporters from ...

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