General Motors Powertrain Becomes GM Global Propulsion Systems
Name Change Signifies Forward Thinking, New Ideas
General Motors is renaming its engine development division after 24 years, going from GM Powertrain to GM Global Propulsion Systems. The rebranding “is another step on our journey to redefine transportation and mobility,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president, Global Product Development. Reuss said the name Global Propulsion Systems would better convey the variety of technologies the division is responsible for.
Among those technologies are forced-induction gas engines, fuel cells, high-torque diesel V-8s, and advanced manual, automatic, and continuously variable transmissions. The company has been on the cutting edge of powertrain technology off and on throughout the decades, including the exotic GM Firebird turbine cars of the 1950s and the 2003 HyWire. Those alternative technologies have been brought back down to earth by such impressive machinery as the Duramax 6.6L diesel V-8 found in the company’s 3/4- and 1-ton vehicles and the best-in-class V-8 fuel economy title claimed by its 1/2-ton pickups.
General Motors is also in strategic partnership with a variety of manufacturers, including the U.S. Army (to develop a fuel-cell military vehicle based on the Colorado pickup). The company also claims it has more vehicles on the road with fuel-saving cylinder deactivation technology than any other manufacturer. We experienced it firsthand in our 2016 Pickup Truck of the Year, the GMC Sierra Denali, and its operation was seamless and unobtrusive, while also yielding a best tank of 19 mpg.
The next step for GM Global Propulsion Systems remains to be seen, but if the company’s aspirations are anything to go off of, plan on seeing increasing fuel economy and performance, along with advanced technologies and more use of alternative fuels.
Source: General Motors