General Motors will pour €20 million ($28.4 million USD) into its Powertrain Engineering Center in Torino, Italy to optimize development of diesel engines for passenger cars, as well as some technology that will be implemented into hybrid vehicles. The investment comes on top of the €30 million GM already spent to erect the facility back in 2005.
The funds will go towards three dynamic engine test benches consisting of a climatic testing unit, an NVH testing unit and a single chassis dyno unit. This equipment will aid in shortening development times, simplify the engine tuning process and allow for emissions testing. Eventually, the Powertrain facility will contain 20 test benches as well as several labs that will contribute to the development of engine components.