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    Turin will host GM's diesel center

    Turin will host GM's diesel center
    By Luca Ciferri
    Automotive News / March 14, 2005

    General Motors has decided to concentrate its global diesel engineering activities here despite its divorce from the Fiat Group, parent of Fiat Auto.

    Under the terms that ended GM and Fiat's five-year alliance, the Fiat-GM Powertrain joint venture here will be dissolved. But GM will open a global diesel development center here employing about 150 people, mainly engineers.

    In an internal memo, Tom Stephens, group vice president of GM Powertrain, said that several activities, including global diesel engine and control system work, will be carried out in Turin.

    GM Powertrain officials met with Turin city officials on Feb. 23 so GM could outline its plans and discuss a possible site.

    About one-third of the 1.55 billion euros (about $2 billion) that GM agreed to pay to Fiat is related to sharing diesel technology and joint ownership of an engine plant in Poland.

    According to the deal, GM will:

    Buy half of the former Fiat-GM Powertrain plant in Bielsko-Biala, Poland, which builds the 1.3-liter Multijet diesel engine. GM also will buy half of the intellectual property related to that engine.
    Buy half of the intellectual property rights for the Fiat 1.9-liter JTD diesel engine, which GM Europe builds in Kaiserslautern, Germany, and Fiat builds in Pratola Serra, Italy. With new, tougher Euro 5 emission standards expected by 2010 and even stricter Euro 6 rules coming in 2015, carmakers need a lot of engineering help to reduce the amount of pollutants that engines produce. GM will create its diesel center in the area where the first direct-injection diesel passenger-car engine was designed for the Fiat Croma in 1986 and where common-rail, direct-injection diesel technology was created.

    Since the introduction of common-rail diesel, the diesel share of new-car sales in Europe has grown from 24.8 percent in 1988 to 48.3 percent in 2004. Diesel engines are expected to be in half of all new cars sold in Europe this year.

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    Re: Turin will host GM's diesel center

    That's good that GM is taking further interest in small-car diesels, but it's no suggestion that they'll be making them fit for service in the U.S.

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    Re: Turin will host GM's diesel center

    But big question is does GM have any rights over new V6 diesel?
    I think they dont and Opel/Saab will be in trouble soon.
    Form follows function.

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    Re: Turin will host GM's diesel center

    I think that a nice smaller deisel for SUV's should become available. It would help fuel economy in any of the vehicles.
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    Re: Turin will host GM's diesel center

    I think GM is only getting dragged into this. They know that they can't sell cars in Europe without some good diesel engines.

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    Re: Turin will host GM's diesel center

    Why wont they bring diesels here?There is a market with few choices.Mostly VW's.

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    Re: Turin will host GM's diesel center

    Quote Originally Posted by gmsickofan
    I think GM is only getting dragged into this. They know that they can't sell cars in Europe without some good diesel engines.

    This is a good deal for GM.

    Fiat is the Xerox of the auto business. They pioneered many new advances in diesel engines (common rail, etc) like Xerox (mouse, GUI, etc) but they didn't take full advantage of it. Bosch bought early innovations from them, and is the incontestable leader in fuel systems today.

    Fiat's Multi-jet diesel technology is a marvel, and I am glad GM is capitalizing on it.

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    Re: Turin will host GM's diesel center

    Quote Originally Posted by gotz_otto
    I think that a nice smaller deisel for SUV's should become available. It would help fuel economy in any of the vehicles.
    Agian DC is ahead of the game. I just test drove a CRD Liberty. That little 2.8 Turbo Diesel is amaizing in the lIberty. Gobs and gobs of power and economy...

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    Re: Turin will host GM's diesel center

    A small diesel-powered Chevy pickup& van would be great in Europe!

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