General Motors has confirmed it will cut 100 research and development positions at its Warren, Michigan, Technical Center and will close another R&D lab in Bangalore, India.

The cuts are about a 25-percent reduction in the Warren facility and are part of a "global restructuring."

"These moves will enable the organization to better focus on commercializing customer-focused innovation in a more efficient and cost effective manner," GM spokesman Dan Flores tells The Detroit News.

If they aren't offered new positions, affected workers will have 30 days to apply for other posts within GM before the layoffs commence in early June.


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      BG
      • 2 Years Ago
      "will enable the organization to better focus on commercializing customer-focused innovation in a more efficient and cost effective manner" This is corporate BS-speak. It's the same old trash that does not mean anything. Wouldn't it be refreshing for corporate spokespersons to be honest and speak normal English?
      DB
      • 2 Years Ago
      http://media.gm.com/content/media/us/en/gm/news.detail.html/content/Pages/news/us/en/2011/Dec/1219_china_tc Could these announcements be related?
      Gorgenapper
      • 2 Years Ago
      "These moves will enable the organization to better focus on commercializing customer-focused innovation in a more efficient and cost effective manner," I'm still trying to figure out what this statement means. So they're.....looking to focus on the customer.... using innovative commercials?? No wait, they're looking to sell customer-focused....innovation.... in a commercial. >_>
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like Government Motors will now resort to just outsourcing their research instead of, you know, coming up with anything themselves.
        Snark
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        Voted down just for using the phrase "Government Motors." Express yourself with originality, please.
          Andre Neves
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Snark
          Considering that the U.S government still has a 26% stake in the company, I don't see why I SHOULDN'T still use the phrase. It's not about being original or not. The fact that they(ever-expanding U.S Government) haven't sold their shares is a clear indicator that they want to have their foot in the door of every market/large corporation out there so they can have influence on everything they get their crumby hands on. So yeah.... GOVERNMENT MOTORS.
          darkness
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Snark
          Cockgobblers still use the phrase "Government Motors"
          Fatima
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Snark
          Very good darkness. Cockgobblers. You should ask Snark if he's heard of that one before. We might have an "original" here.
      stclair5211
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hope AND change!!! We need to save "American" jobs!!! Someone ask GM when they plan to pay back the 25+ billion in tarp money OR... The 14 billion the old GMAC now ally borrowed. Or ask the thousands who lost their jobs in the bailout. Outside suppliers owed billions. They did walk away from 169 billion after all. All to save some overpaid union workers who built crap cars. Obama may have "saved" GM, but he certainly didn't pay for it or make money. Screwed again. Just like the 6 trillion he added to the deficit. Any moron can spend money.
        paul3230
        • 2 Years Ago
        @stclair5211
        Hey JACKWAGON..you need to read the article. They are relocating the people within other parts of GM. Those that don't positions offered can apply to other GM positions. It's not like they are cutting 100 people straight up. Plus did you comment when GM hired 1000's of people when sales were rising? I thought so..
          socalmuscle40
          • 2 Years Ago
          @paul3230
          Actually, they aren't being relocated. Some will be. But others will have the option to apply again for a different GM job. And like anyone else, may not get it. The layoffs start next month.
        mchlrus1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @stclair5211
        "Or ask the thousands who lost their jobs in the bailout." What about the millions of jobs and the country's economy had the auto bailout not have happened. Sorry, but you're acting like these are the first bailouts. You are a slave of OPEC influence on Fox News. I remember when people like you and me thought it was patriotic to buy a domestic. It's ironic because people used to not buy them because they were a little behind the competition; now that domestics have caught up, you don't like them anymore. You're a very capricious fellow.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Mazdarocks
        • 2 Years Ago
        General Motors has confirmed it will cut 100 research and development positions at its Warren, Michigan, Technical Center and will close another R&D lab in Bangalore, India.
        SunnyDli+3
        • 2 Years Ago
        Mary that was truely an ignorant remark. Especially considering that they are laying off employees from their Indian facilities as the article points out.
        Jerry
        • 2 Years Ago
        90% of GM's designers are in India now. Most of them do not even own a bicycle and do not have the slightest idea how to make car parts that are up with the times or innovative. GM design and design release engineers spend HOURS a week on Webex instructing the designers in India. More than likely that the R & D is going to India and China. Look up the Chevy Sail and Tavera to see what this gets you. But they are for different regions blah blah blah. The folks in the Ren. Cen. expect the creators of these cars to make class leading products for GM globally. GM is heading for more dark times. The Whitacre/Akerson era cars are just starting to roll out. Hold on to you butt.
          Famsert
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Jerry
          The Buicks designed in China turned out pretty well.
      SheldonRoss
      • 2 Years Ago
      *To be replaced by 100 lobbyists for when their (underdeveloped) product fails and they need the government o bail them out again.
        paul3230
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SheldonRoss
        Are you even American? You sound totally off base..
      Toneron
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wait! I paid good money so these people could keep working! What gives?
      dirth
      • 2 Years Ago
      I was an R&D engineer at another company, and I can assure you that the evolving technology that comes from R&D is crucial to the advancement of any company. GM might consider who came up with modern fuel management, engine design, transmission development, weight reductions, and many other features that SELL CARS! The "killing of the future developmentalists" will be sure to make itself known down the road. You might remember that GM went bankrupt a bit ago? Why? Because they were STUPID ! DUH????
      protovici
      • 2 Years Ago
      Anything come out of GM that would be considered revolutionary lately? The only thing I want to see from that big failure is a C7 ZR1.
        Snark
        • 2 Years Ago
        @protovici
        The Voltec drivetrain and Volt development project, for one.
          darkness
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Snark
          EAssist, HyPer struts, magnetic ride control, new turbo 4's
      Rjames
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice, take money from the tax payers and you still have to lay people off. I'm so glad I have a nice new mustang sitting in my garage!
      darkness
      • 2 Years Ago
      Im so retarded (like most on here) that anything GM does i will speak negatively about it because im a wanna be CEO of a car company.
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