General Motors hadn't had a recall in India since 1995. That changed when it was discovered that certain employees were playing tricks with local emissions testing in order to ensure passing grades for engines. More than ten GM Powertrain employees in India and the US have been let go over the ensuing emissions flap, including Sam Winegarden, VP of global engine engineering, a man who has been with the company since 1969, leading development of some marquee powerplants.

According to Automotive News, an internal investigation revealed that employees "violated testing procedures," sometimes swapping specially prepared low-emissions engines during testing regimes for the Chevrolet Tavera SUV equipped with the 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter engines. Employees were also manipulating weights in order to get vehicles placed into different emissions categories. The discovery has led to GM recall the 114,000 Taveras produced over an eight-year period and halting their production and sale.

The Economic Times of India reports that the issue is due to "a faulty component." GM has developed a solution to the issue, and once it is validated in testing and approved by the Indian authorities, the recalled vehicles will be fixed at dealers and production will resume.


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      Jerry
      • 1 Year Ago
      I know Sam Winegarden personally and can say that I do not think he would ever lie or cheat to push a product. I do suspect that his underlings did (10s out of the 1000s he managed) and he took the fall for them of them. He was asked to retire a few years back and declined. I wonder if this was a convenient way to oust him? He never got along with Whitacre or Akerson from what I understand. On the transmission side of the business, the GMI Tavera team was caught lying about test results, skipping tests and saying they were done, etc. about 2-3 years ago when I was still with the company. I mean they had issues that were hazardous to future owners and they pretended like nothing was wrong and everything was on time. They had a couple folks in Pontiac, MI. take the lead on fixing the mess. They aged about as fast as any president does in a 2 year period from that program. GM is not doing a good job of hiring talent over at GMI. They bring people in through local contract houses with very little screening. Someone should be reviewing the whole Tavera program as a whole. They should gather the horror stories from the other regions who had to work on the thing and use them to clean house at GMI. But that will never happen… Too much work from the folks at the top. They have their scapegoats, a high profile sacrificial lamb, and they will probably just move on.
        Allison
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jerry
        You may know Sam personally, but everyone has skeletons in their closets that don't come out until something major happens. It's just human nature. I do strongly agree with you that GMI wanted Sam out because of his age (and salary & pensions) and the fact that he does have a strong work ethic and integrity. He stood his ground where it counted. I wouldn't be surprised it Akerson had a lot to do with this "mess."
        phil
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jerry
        THIS...is why large businesses, Major Universities, and our Government, see it as necessary to hire "Ethics professionals," and to even offer courses in Business Ethics!!! Hell...didn't your Mama teach you not to be a liar? Really simple. FIRE those employees caught in "ethical compromising." A Liar, will also steal from you, or your company. These CHARACTER faults cannot be overlooked, or forgiven, or the guilty be re-assigned. Values, folks. This is what we stand for, this is what we will not allow. It;s a hellava lot cheaper in the long run to man up to these problems and to set the tone of leadership at the top.
      wilkegm
      • 1 Year Ago
      This hits close to home- I've been in Vehicle emissions testing for 10 years, and closely worked with people at many manufacturers and system suppliers who are responsible for data integrity. I cannot imagine a guy like Winegarden compromising the integrity he built over four decades to move along a 14k unit/year project in India.
      billy
      • 1 Year Ago
      All test claims are bogus, not real world conditions . Look at epa fuel econmy standards
      AM2
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Chevy Tavera is a rebadged Isuzu Panther (aka Hi-lander, Crosswind) http://www.isuzu-astra.com/images/ls.jpg
        sp33dklz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AM2
        Gotta love developing world automotive products. Rebadged junk where GM can keep up their old ways.
      raktmn
      • 1 Year Ago
      In other words, they are doing exactly what all gas car companies have been doing for decades (like all the ones recently getting busted in Europe doing exactly the same thing). This isn't that different than Hyundai giving money to their Elantra buyers in the US, because of bogus MPG numbers. It just sounds like they decided to make fall guys out of these folks, and fire them instead of paying them their pension for decades of doing exactly what they *wink* were expected *nudge nudge* to do.
      Mickey
      • 1 Year Ago
      I guess this calls for a raise
      Thomas Stieglitz
      • 1 Year Ago
      OMG someone working for Goverment Motors lied--wonder where they learned to do that?
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      KingTito
      • 1 Year Ago
      I applaud GM. Employees including a senior level one cheated. They were discovered for what they did and were fired. No coaching and development. Fired. Many companies wouldn't do the same thing.
        lrx301
        • 1 Year Ago
        @KingTito
        GM should have done that before the India Government sued them and fined them big time.
      Farmerboy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow I am not sure if I should laugh or feel sad for a bunch of phatic cry baby's. Obama this GM this. Get over it! It was the right and only choice when president Obama bail out GM and Chrysler! In case you didn't know even George bush was in favor of the bail out. He even said he wouldn't had done it any different. Yes he started the possess. Grow up and try to stop slipping too much of your faux news cool aide In
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Farmerboy
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          eaglescly
          • 1 Year Ago
          i never liked him but O how I wish we had him back
      Levine Levine
      • 1 Year Ago
      Apparently, GM's sleazy rip-off culture has been exported to India. The question is why did it take GM so long to identify the source of the dishonestly and issue disciplinary action ? As GM-India had been committing fraud for nearly 6 years, it is safe to say that upper management collaborated with the lower level cheaters. The difference is upper management has played dumb, reaped the benefits, and then fired the employees when they have been milked for all they got. New GM. Same as the Old GM.
      over9000
      • 1 Year Ago
      They got fired because Indians have smarten up after those kids getting poisoned after the school lunch
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