GM renames powertrain unit to emphasize alternative technologies
GM Powertrain is no more. General Motors has renamed its powertrain unit after 24 years to GM Global Propulsion Systems.
GM said the name change more accurately portrays the work the unit does as the company increasingly invests in electric vehicles, fuel cells and other technologies.
“Gone are the days when a gasoline engine and a transmission designed independently meet a customer’s expectations,” Dan Nicholson, Global Propulsion Systems vice president, said in a statement. “The diversity of our propulsion systems requires a name that reflects what we are already working on and delivering to our customers.”
The automaker said nearly 50 percent of its engineers in the former powertrain unit work on alternative or electrified propulsion systems. The Global Propulsion Systems unit employs about 8,600 people globally, GM said.
Last month, GM said it is reorganizing certain vehicle engineering operations to speed efforts to develop autonomous and electrified vehicles.
Doug Parks was named vice president for autonomous technology and vehicle execution, reporting to Mark Reuss, head of global product development for GM. The move was effective Feb. 1.