GM has named James Lanzon to be the company’s interim powertrain chief, while it will find someone to permanently replace Sam Winegarden.
Winegarden, 44, has been the head of GM’s global engine development since 2004, but was dismissed last week together with other 10 employees in India and the US, after two models manufactured and sold in India had to be recalled due to irregularities in emission testing.
Lanzon has become GM’s vice president of global transmissions in 2012 and has also served as a negotiator in the deal between Ford and GM, aimed at jointly developing 9- and 10-speed transmissions.
Last week GM recalled 114,000 Tavera SUVs, fitted with 2.0- and 2.5-liter engines and manufactured between 2005 and 2013. According to Indian newspapers GM had known about its employees cheating on the Tavera emission tests and in several cases lower-emission engines have been swapped into test vehicles to pass the tests.
“We take these matters very seriously and hold our leaders and employees to high standards,” GM said in a statement. “When those standards are not met, we will take the appropriate action to hold employees accountable.”
Also last week the US automaker announced a recall for the brand new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and 2014 GMC Sierra due to a problem with an airbag, which may not inflate in the event of a crash.