General Motors' (NYSE:GM) CEO Dan Akerson is pushing hard to turn GM into what it should have been all along: a unified, strong global automaker. As part of that plan, Akerson has been saying that he wants Chevrolet and Cadillac to become truly "global brands" – in the sense that Ford (NYSE:F) and Toyota (NYSE:TM), for instance, are global brands.

Several recent moves suggest that this effort is moving into high gear. In this video, contributor John Rosevear explains what's going on at GM – and why it could lead to higher profits in coming years.

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