GM to cut the number of vehicle platforms it uses globally

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 8, 2011

General Motors aims to reduce by more than half the number of vehicle platforms it uses worldwide as part of efforts to lessen complexity and to cut product-development costs. At GM’s 2011 Global Business Conference, GM CEO Dan Akerson said that most of its parts will be common while most vehicles will be built on “global architectures.”

These GM presentations were webcast. From 30 vehicle architectures (the platform of parts and subcomponents that underpin cars and trucks) in 2010, GM will have only 14 in 2018, according to Mary Barra, GM’s senior vice president of global product development.

GM said that it aims to greatly raise the number of cars and trucks that will be built on its “core” architectures, which GM describes as global platforms as well as high-volume regional platforms, including the T900 architecture that could be seen on its full-sized pickups in North America.

Core platforms will make up 90% of GM’s volume by 2018, a significant increase from 31% in 2010. Barra said that this enables the company to have a “much more efficient engineering investment” in every vehicle.

Another advantage is that quality is higher and the vehicle is easier to market. In addition, GM seeks to reduce its engine platforms, from almost 20 in 2009 to less than a dozen in 2018 and around 10 eventually.

For instance, a new, small gasoline engine platform, which ranges from 1.0 to 1.5 liters, will be used throughout the world and will replace engines that are currently on three different engine platforms.

Topics: gm, platform

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Login or Create new account to add a comment!

Recommended

Off-road driving with an open air vehicle provides another kind of experience for many off-road enthusiasts and fans. For this sake, Ford is planning to offer a version of the...
by - January 16, 2017
For those who love driving, future autonomous cars should be like the Toyota Concept-i that is drawing in a multitude of visitors at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las...
by - January 15, 2017
Things are looking good at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars as the British luxury carmaker impressed by posting a six-percent jump in deliveries in 2016. Rolls-Royce’s 2016 deliveries of 4,011 units in...
by - January 15, 2017
British luxury sports car maker Jaguar is introducing a bevy of subtle updates to the 2018 Jaguar F-Type Facelift. However, these updates are so subtle that they are barely noticeable...
by - January 14, 2017
As far as Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. is concerned, 2016 was a very fruitful year. This is all due to the fact that the luxury sports carmaker has delivered the most...
by - January 14, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries