German-born engineer Frank Weber, who is in charge of General Motors’ Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid program, will be moving back to Germany to take a senior management role at Opel.
A GM spokesman said that he will be replaced by Doug Parks, who has been working at Opel since 2007 as chief engineer for GM’s global compact cars, which includes the Opel Astra and Chevrolet Cruze, reports Automotive News.
Weber’s move from GM is the second departure from the automaker’s Volt team. Last month, Bob Kruse, executive director of vehicle engineering for hybrids, electric vehicles and batteries, left to start a consulting firm. Engineering veteran Micky Bly to replace Kruse.
The Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid is still due to launch in Nov. 2010.
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– By: Omar Rana