James Lanzon is the person chosen by General Motors to replace Sam Winegarden, a 44-year GM veteran who was dismissed last week. Lanzon, is a top transmission engineer and will run GM’s global powertrain operations on an interim basis while the company searches a replacement for Winegarden.
For those who don’t know, Sam Winegarden headed the carmaker’s global engine development since 2004 and was dismissed along with 10 other GM employees in the United States and India due to the fact that two popular models that were build and sold in India were recalled because of irregularities in emission testing.
GM recalled 114,000 units of the Tavera SUV with 2.0- and 2.5-liter engines built between 2005 and 2013. These models are only built and sold in India. Apparently, General Motors knew that its employees cheated on emissions tests on the Tavera.
Media reports suggest that in some cases, GM employees swapped lower-emissions engines into test vehicles in order to pass the inspections. Lanzon, the man who will replace Sam Winegarden until GM finds a new person, has been vice president of company's global transmissions since 2012 and recently served as a key negotiator in the agreement between General Motors and Ford Motor Co. to develop 9- and 10-speed transmissions jointly.