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General Motors announced the renaming of its GM Powertrain division to GM Global Propulsion Systems, in order to better reflect new era in propulsion technology and product diversity.

According to press release GM Global Propulsion Systems employs more than 8,600 people that design, develop and engineer all propulsion related products and controls for GM worldwide.

Interesting is also that nearly 50% of engineering workforce is involved with alternative or electrified propulsion systems.

"GM is the first OEM to formally transition to a new naming convention to reflect industry trends and its evolution over the years. GM’s expanding capabilities include the estimated more than 200 miles of range on a single charge on the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt EV (based on GM testing). GM also produced the highest non-hybrid passenger car fuel economy in the US market at an EPA estimated highway 46 mpg in the 2.0L diesel powered Chevrolet Cruze. GM Global Propulsion Systems is also known for its experience with hydrogen fuel cells.

Nearly 50 percent of the Global Propulsion Systems engineering workforce is involved with alternative or electrified propulsion systems. Other notable systems include award-winning products like the all-new 3.6L V6 with cylinder deactivation available in the Cadillac CT6. GM has more vehicles on the road with this fuel-saving technology than any other manufacturer. Other recent recognized achievements include the award winning second generation Voltec propulsion system in the Chevrolet Volt and the highly acclaimed drivetrain for the Opel Astra."

Chevrolet Bolt EV Motor - 266 lb-ft of torque/200 hp

Chevrolet Bolt EV Motor - 266 lb-ft of torque/200 hp

Mark Reuss, executive vice president, Global Product Development said:

“The new name is another step on our journey to redefine transportation and mobility. Global Propulsion Systems better conveys what we are developing and offering to our customers: an incredibly broad, diverse lineup – ranging from high-tech 3-cylinder gasoline engines to fuel cells, V8 diesel engines to battery electric systems, and 6-, 7-, 8-, 9- and 10-speed to continuously variable transmissions.”

Dan Nicholson, vice president, GM Global Propulsion Systems said:

“Gone are the days when a gasoline engine and a transmission designed independently meet a customer’s expectations. Today’s customer is demanding unprecedented technology integration that requires unprecedented engineering and supplier partnerships. The diversity of our propulsion systems requires a name that reflects what we are already working on and delivering to our customers. I believe this will establish an industry trend.”