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Our first thought on stepping onto the plant floor: "Modern Marvels, here we come."

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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.

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General Motors announced that it will be expanding its Global Powertrain Engineering Headquarters in Pontiac, MI at a cost of $200 million in order to consolidate operations and streamline the development of next-generation powertrains for electric, fuel cell and hybrid vehicles. At 450,000 square feet, this facility is already one of the biggest of its kind in the world, and GM is adding an extra 138,000 sq-ft to combine the resources at four engineering and R&D facilities currently spread

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Earlier this month, General Motors broke ground on what will soon become the first electric motor production facility operated by a major U.S. automaker. The factory, located near Baltimore, MD, will be dedicated to making critical components for vehicle electrification.

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Click above for more early images of the production Chevy Volt

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Click above for high-res gallery of GM's new powertrain facility

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