Despite selling its European operations to PSA Groupe, which included factories, design centers and more, General Motors did not include its Turin, Italy, powertrain facility.
GM Powertrain Torino may actually play an integral part of the automaker’s future because GM believes diesel’s reputation can, and will, recover. The Italian facility focuses exclusively on diesel engines and its most recently responsible for the 3.0-liter inline-six LM2 Duramax diesel engine that will grace the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado.
The 3.0-liter inline-six diesel is the first engine built on GM’s new diesel engine architecture developed in Italy. It also follows the modular Cylinder Set Strategy, which first debuted in gasoline engines.
“We have an important strategy around diesel. We are working to keep [U.S. sales] increasing,” Pierpaolo Antonioli, head of GM’s Turin development center, said told Automotive News Europe in a Saturday report.
Eventually, the Turin facility will likely birth a replacement for the four-cylinder diesel engines found in the Chevrolet Cruze, Equinox and other vehicles. After the Opel/Vauxhall sale, GM now purchases the engine from PSA Groupe for its global cars.
Diesel’s image has grown dirty following the Volkswagen Group scandal in 2015. Following VW, other European makes have been accused of cheating emissions regulations, including Opel, owned by GM at the time. In the U.S., GM will bank on diesel to help propel its average fuel economy standards.
“In my opinion, its reputation can be recovered,” Antonioli added.