It is no secret that GM has a high sense of social responsibility and that it also firmly supports the automotive industry in all the countries where it has a presence. To demonstrate its commitment, GM Mexico donated engines and transmissions to the National College of Technical Professional Education (CONALEP) located in the Mexican state of Coahuila to support the technical career students of this school, created by the Mexican government in 1978.
The powertrains donated by GM Mexico to CONALEP were manufactured locally in the propulsion systems area of the GM Ramos Arizpe Plant, located in the same state of Coahuila. With this donation, the automaker reiterates its commitment to support the communities where it has both manufacturing and administrative operations in Mexico.
“At General Motors, we feel that education is an agent of change for society. Better trained new generations will translate into a better future for Mexico,” said Director of Global Propulsion Systems plant at GM Ramos Arizpe, Ricardo López, in a statement. “We are convinced that this donation will provide the necessary tools to strengthen the knowledge of young CONALEP students,” he added.
Specifically, the donation that the GM subsidiary in Mexico made to CONALEP includes 17 engines and six state-of-the-art continuously variable automatic transmissions, which will be used for student training practices. Engines include 15 1.0L and 1.2L three-cylinder units used in the Mexican-built Chevy Onix, as well as two 5.3L V8 L84 engines.
This equipment donated by GM Mexico will allow students of technical careers, such as Automotive Industry and Automotive Maintenance at the Mexican school, to have better laboratory practices to learn how the propulsion systems currently used in the automotive industry work. With this donation, CONALEP is one step ahead of other schools that sometimes use discontinued powertrains in their teaching.
In addition to helping create more qualified automotive technicians in Mexico, GM reinforces its commitment to social responsibility in the country, which includes promoting quality education through alliances with different educational institutions. In fact, the company confirmed that it will carry out more actions like this to support training of students and technicians who help strengthen the Mexican automotive industry.