While there, he announced plans to further strengthen the collaboration between the GMPT-E and Politecnico di Torino, a local university, with the growth of new collaborative projects. But more importantly, he was also in town to announce the construction of a new building in the GMPT-E area of the the school’s campus.
Construction will start in 2016 and the facility, which is earmarked to measure 2,500 square-meters (about 8,000 sq-ft), will house specialized labs, offices and powerful super computers.
Founded in 2005, GM Powertrain Europe is the worldwide epicenter of innovation and development for GM’s diesel engines, like the 1.6 CDTI “whisper diesel” and the 2.8L Duramax diesel that will find its way under the hood of the 2016 GMC Canyon and 2016 Chevrolet Colorado in the second-half of 2015. GMPT-E also designs propulsion systems for Opel/Vauxhall, Chevrolet, and other GM brands.
In little over a decade, the powertrain hub has grown from a temporary office employing 60 people to a state-of-the-art facility that now employs more than 650 people. Incidentally, GM says it plans add another 60 new jobs to GMPT-E in 2015.
“The Turin engineering center and our entire team here plays an important role in our efforts to lead the industry in product and technology,” said Ammann. “The team has developed world-class modern diesel engines providing our customers with outstanding performance and efficiency in a fun-to-drive experience.”