Despite selling off Opel to PSA Group, General Motors has confirmed plans to maintain its powertrain engineering center in Turin, Italy. Although a relatively small operation in comparison to the rest of GM’s engineering organization, it plays a huge role in the development of diesel engines.
The Turin facility first opened in 2005 and was originally part of the defunct Fiat-GM alliance, which ironically represented another failed attempt at inroads into Europe. In 2008 the facility moved to a university campus and has technically been under the ownership of Adam Opel, which has been wholly-owned by GM until this week’s announcement.
GM and local media in Italy have confirmed that GM will maintain the Turin facility and its near 700 engineers. This news perhaps serves as a signal that the company plans to continue building its diesel engine arsenal by way of Turin. The facility developed the 1.6-liter turbo-diesel engine that is currently making its way into the Chevrolet Cruze, Equinox and GMC Terrain.
Local media is also reporting that the Turin facility will continue to supply Opel/Vauxhall diesel engines under a procurement agreement between GM and PSA Group.