General Motors has announced that it has fired its top powertrain executive, Sam Winegarden, over irregularities in the American automaker’s emission-testing programs in India.
Sources are also reporting that along with Winegarden, 10 other GM Powertrain employees have been let go in the U.S. and India, though GM has only confirmed that it has “dismissed several employees” on the basis that they violated company policy.
The dismissal is related to a recent recall issued in India for the Chevrolet Tavera, which affects 114,000 vehicles. The automaker recalled the utility vehicle to address emission and specification problems and according to Indian media, GM admitted to the government that employees purposely manipulated emission inspections in order to meet standards.
According to a report from India’s Economic Times, GM India employees swapped out engines in the new Tavera models for lower-emission engines in order to meet specifications. The recall is the country’s largest ever and is GM’s first recall in India since 1995.
Winegarden has been the American automaker’s top engine exec since 2004.
[Source: Automotive News]
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