By Jason Stein, Automotive News
General Motors has promised to run product development globally in the past. This time it’s really happening.
After several false starts, GM is assigning global programmes to different vehicle development centres around the world.
The automaker now has globalised engineering, design, information systems and manufacturing, with global operating and capital budgets.
For instance, engineering work on the next generation of vehicles on the mid-sized, front-wheel-drive Epsilon architecture — including the Chevrolet Malibu and Pontiac G6 — now is led by GM’s German unit in…