BY JOACHIM BAMRUD
Maureen Kempston Darkes has reason to be happy these days. The General Motors division she heads up - which includes South America - boosted sales last year by 24.8 percent to $14.6 billion. Net income reached $533 million, a 39.9 percent increase from 2005. And the number of cars and trucks sold grew by 16.9 percent to a record 1.03 million.
"It was a very positive year for our business in Latin America," she says. "We had all-time sales records in