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GM Press Release: GM Investing $200 Million to Expand Powertrain Engineering

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    GM Investing $200 Million to Expand Powertrain Engineering

    GM Investing $200 Million to Expand Powertrain Engineering

    Consolidation of four locations will help speed advanced propulsion development

    2013-01-30


    PONTIAC, Mich. Ė General Motors will invest $200 million into its Global Powertrain Engineering Headquarters to build a new 138,000 sq.-ft. test wing, which is expected to be completed during the second half of 2014.
    The plan is part of GMís previously announced commitment to invest $1.5 billion in its North American facilities in 2013.

    The expansion will enable the company to consolidate work being done at four locations remote to the Pontiac campus, helping to reduce development timing for GMís next-generation advanced propulsion technologies. When the moves are complete, GM will have added approximately 400 jobs to the Pontiac campus.

    Under the expansion plan, engineering development work currently being done at leased facilities in Wixom, Mich.; Castleton, Ind. and Torrance, Calif., will move to Pontiac. Also, GM R&Dís Propulsion Systems Research lab in Warren, Mich. will relocate to the Pontiac campus. GM previously announced that work being performed at its hydrogen fuel cell facility in Honeoye Falls, N.Y., would be consolidated in Pontiac in mid-2013.

    ďThese moves will help our entire Powertrain team work more effectively across the organization to develop the powertrain technologies we need to build the worldís best vehicles for our customers around the world,Ē said Sam Winegarden, GM vice president of Global Engine Engineering.

    In addition, the Performance Build Center, currently located at the Wixom facility, will move to GMís Chevrolet Corvette assembly plant in Bowling Green, Ky., by the first quarter of 2014.

    The new test wing is part of GMís Powertrain Development Center, used by engineers to bring advanced, fuel-saving powertrains to market faster and less expensively because they take less development time. The 450,000 sq.-ft. facility is one of the largest and most technically advanced powertrain development centers in the world.

    The centerís state-of-the-art facilities allow engineers to test engines under extreme conditions, including cold ambient temperatures, high RPMs, and repetitive starting and stopping, to assure world-class durability, reliability and quality.

    The work GM conducts at its Wixom Advanced Engineering Lab, including electric motor engineering development and performance engineering, will be transferred to Pontiac by mid-2015. Electric motor design and production is a core business for GM in the development and manufacture of electric vehicles.

    The Torrance Advanced Technology Centerís work on electric motor and power electronics engineering development will be transferred to Pontiac by the end of 2014. GM considers these technologies key to the future of sustainable transportation.

    Heavy-duty transmission, power electronics, hybrid and battery electric drive unit development work done at Castleton will be transferred to Pontiac by mid-2014. GMís work on heavy-duty transmissions is core to its pickup truck development.

    And GM R&Dís Propulsion Systems Research Lab will be relocated to Pontiac during the second half of 2015. This work is critical to providing industry-leading technologies for GMís engines, transmissions, and hybrid systems.

    Having completed a consolidation of seven southeastern Michigan Powertrain Engineering facilities in 2008, this wave of Powertrain Engineering consolidation will allow GM to cut 640,000 square feet of floor space and eliminate three leased facilities in the United States.

    General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GMís brands include Chevrolet and Cadillac, as well as Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Isuzu, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at General Motors | GM.com.
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    Mike Rassel performs the final quality checks on a 2013 Chevrolet Corvette Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at the General Motors Bowling Green Assembly Plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky. GM announced today it is moving its Performance Build Center to Bowling Green. The Performance Build Center has been the source for the 7.0L LS7 V8 engine for the Corvette Z06 and the 6.2L Supercharged LS9 engine for the Corvette ZR1. (Photo by Sarah B. Gilliam for General Motors)


    Plant Manager Dave Tatman introduces General Motors Manufacturing Manager Arvin Jones Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at the General Motors Bowling Green Assembly Plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Jones announced GM is moving its Performance Build Center to Bowling Green. The Performance Build Center has been the source for the 7.0L LS7 V8 engine for the Corvette Z06 and the 6.2L Supercharged LS9 engine for the Corvette ZR1. (Photo by Sarah B. Gilliam for General Motors)


    General Motors Manufacturing Manager Arvin Jones announces GM is moving its Performance Build Center to the Bowling Green Assembly Plant - home of the Chevrolet Corvette - Wednesday, January 30, 2013 in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The Performance Build Center, currently located in the Metro Detroit area, has been the source for the 7.0L LS7 V8 engine for the Corvette Z06 and the 6.2L Supercharged LS9 engine for the Corvette ZR1. (Photo by Sarah B. Gilliam for General Motors)


    Workers react as General Motors announces it is moving its Performance Build Center to the Bowling Green Assembly Plant - home of the Chevrolet Corvette - Wednesday, January 30, 2013 in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The Performance Build Center, currently located in the Metro Detroit area, has been the source for the 7.0L LS7 V8 engine for the Corvette Z06 and the 6.2L Supercharged LS9 engine for the Corvette ZR1. (Photo by Sarah B. Gilliam for General Motors)
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    General Motors Vice President Global Engine Engineering Sam Winegarden announces GM will invest $200 million into its Global Powertrain Engineering Headquarters to build a new test wing Wednesday, January 30, 2013 in Pontiac, Michigan. The new test wing will allow engineers to bring advanced, fuel-saving powertrains to market faster and less expensively because they take less development time. (Photo by Jeffrey Sauger for General Motors)


    Governor Rick Snyder addresses the gathering at the press conference where General Motors announced it will invest $200 million into its Global Powertrain Engineering Headquarters to build a new test wing Wednesday, January 30, 2013 in Pontiac, Michigan. The new test wing will allow engineers to bring advanced, fuel-saving powertrains to market faster and less expensively because they take less development time. (Photo by Jeffrey Sauger for General Motors))


    General Motors announces it will invest $200 million into its Global Powertrain Engineering Headquarters to build a new test wing Wednesday, January 30, 2013 in Pontiac, Michigan. The new test wing will allow engineers to bring advanced, fuel-saving powertrains to market faster and less expensively because they take less development time. (Photo by Jeffrey Sauger for General Motors))


    General Motors Vice President Global Engine Engineering Sam Winegarden talks to media after announcing GM will invest $200 million into its Global Powertrain Engineering Headquarters to build a new test wing Wednesday, January 30, 2013 in Pontiac, Michigan. The new test wing will allow engineers to bring advanced, fuel-saving powertrains to market faster and less expensively because they take less development time. (Photo by Jeffrey Sauger for General Motors)
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