The lifespan of the latest-generation of GM platforms could be stretched out to a dozen years or more under a recently announced new cost reduction plan.


Dan Ammann, president of GM, has told Reuters that the platform that underpins the second-generation Chevrolet Cruze could last for 12 years or even longer.

It's expected that the D2XX platform that's used on the latest Cruze, as well as the Opel Astra, will eventually serve underneath 2.5 million new vehicles per year.

Stretching out platform life is reportedly part of an effort to cut costs and redirect development spending in the longer term. To save money down the road, GM is planning to spend more in the next few years, with capital costs set to rise from US$7 billion ($9.75 billion) per year in 2014 to US$9 billion ($12.5 billion) every year until 2019.


To compensate, the auto giant is planning on facelifting or reskinning its vehicles more frequently than before. It is also looking to update its cars' electronic feature sets via over-the-air updates, similar to what Tesla does now with its Model S.

Other cost cutting measures will include longer contract lengths with suppliers and sourcing stamping dies from China.