Automotive News reports that GM Powertrain Europe will double the engineering staff at its headquarters in Turin, Italy.

GM had originally relied on its now-defunct partnership with Fiat for expertise in diesel engines for the European market, but established GM Powertrain Europe's Turin design center to go it alone after its split with Fiat.

A major focus of the group will be meeting the European emissions requirements for clean diesels, which will become progressively tougher with the introduction of Euro 5 specs in 2010, and Euro 6 in 2015.

GM Powertrain Europe also has engineering centers in Germany, Italy and Sweden and manufacturing facilities in Austria, Germany, Hungary and Sweden. Additional manufacturing and engineering facilities in France, Germany and Poland will be integrated into the organization in 2006.

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