Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi yesterday visited General Motors’ Powertrain Europe engineering center in Turin, Italy, where he was briefed on the company’s strategies for reducing its car’s fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
GM’s powertrain center in Turin is the automaker’s only facility with a focus on the innovation and further development of diesel engines. The center designs and studies virtual engine components and also tests current and future powertrain systems for the entire GM portfolio.
During his time at the facility, Renzi visited a climatic test-cell, which is used to mimic certain environmental conditions when testing new propulsion systems. Renzi also participated in an all-employee meeting at the test facility and talked with young engineers and other employees there.
CEO of GM Powertrain Europe, Pierpaolo Antonioli, also filled Renzi in on the company’s plans to further reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions going forward.
“GM Powertrain Europe has helped to create a generation of technicians and highly qualified managers with international potential. It also generates supply contracts to local companies and engineering services with a volume of more than 170 million euro every year. We are becoming a magnet for other companies that see in us a real opportunity for growth in the area” Antonioli said in a statement.
Over the last 10 years, GM Powertrain Europe’s workforce has grown 25 percent on an annual basis, making it one of the largest and most important employers in the Turin area. Over 650 highly qualified employees currently work there with an exceptionally young average age of 35 years.