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General Motors has announced that it has officially renamed its GM Powertrain division to GM Global Propulsion Systems. The automaker says that the name change for the group reflects the new and larger scope of propulsion systems beyond the traditional gasoline internal combustion engine.

Following the move, the company’s European engineering centres will now be known as GM Global Propulsion Systems – Rüsselsheim Engineering Center and Turin Engineering Center accordingly.

The Global Propulsion group has a workforce of more than 8,600 people globally who design, develop, engineer and manufacture all propulsion related equipment and controls for the automaker, of which 2,500 are based in Rüsselsheim and Turin.

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The moniker switch falls neatly in line with emerging tech being explored by the group – GM says that nearly 50% of the Global Propulsion engineering team is involved with alternative or electrified propulsion systems, and expanding capabilities include the all-new Ampera-e battery electric vehicle and hydrogen fuel cells.

Other developments include the Easytronic 3.0 automated manual transmission from the Opel/Vauxhall Adam, Corsa and Astra K as well as a new BiTurbo diesel engine that will make its world debut in Geneva – the unit will be seen in the Astra Sports Tourer.