June 22, 2005

GM opens new engineering and powertrain centre in Italy

Turin, Italy – General Motors Powertrain Europe has opened a new powertrain headquarters and engineering centre in Turin, Italy, strengthening the company’s ability to design, develop and validate powertrains worldwide.

GM Powertrain Europe became operational on May 13, with engineering centres in Germany, Italy and Sweden, and manufacturing facilities in Austria, Germany, Hungary and Sweden. Additional manufacturing and engineering facilities in France, Germany and Poland will be integrated by the beginning of 2006.

“Turin and GM Powertrain Europe will provide passenger car diesel engines, small gas engines, manual transmissions and related controls to GM vehicles around the world,” said Tom Stephens, group vice president of GM Powertrain. “GM Powertrain Europe is fully aligned with their counterparts in North and Latin America and these close alignments are going to allow us to leverage proven designs and manufacturing processes so that we can provide our customers the world’s best powertrains.”

Working in partnership, GM Powertrain Europe’s engineering centres in Germany, Sweden and Turin will design, develop and validate powertrains for Opel, Vauxhall, Chevrolet, Cadillac, Saab and other GM brands.

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