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GM Renames Its Powertrain Unit

February 29, 2016 in Companies by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

8,600-Employee Group is Re-Named GM Global Propulsion Systems:
‘Another Step on Our Journey to Redefine Transportation & Mobility’

General Motors is re-naming its GM Powertrain unit GM Global Propulsion Systems, “collectively the group of more than 8,600 people that design, develop and engineer all propulsion-related products and controls for GM worldwide.”

Chevy Bolt all-battery EVs for 2017 in developmental testing in Palo Alto, Calif.

Chevy Bolt all-battery EVs for 2017 in developmental testing in Palo Alto, Calif.

“The new name is another step on our journey to redefine transportation and mobility,” GM global product development executive VP Mark Reuss said in a release. Nearly half of the unit’s engineering workforce is involved with alternative or electrified propulsion systems, GM says.

“Global Propulsion Systems better conveys what we are developing and offering to our customers,” he said: “an incredibly broad, diverse lineup – ranging from high-tech 3-cylinder gasoline engines to fuel cells, V-8 diesel engines to battery electric systems, and 6-, 7-, 8-, 9- and 10-speed to continuously variable transmissions.”

First to Put a Name on It

GM says it’s the first OEM to formally transition to a new naming convention to reflect industry trends and evolution. The firm mentions such “expanding capabilities” as better than 200 miles (estimated) of single-charge range for the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt for 2017, and “the highest non-hybrid passenger car fuel economy in the U.S. market:” EPA-estimated highway 46 mpg in the 2.0-liter diesel-powered Chevrolet Cruze.

GM Global Propulsion Systems also embodies the automaker’s work on hydrogen fuel cells.

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