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Eaton Receives $500 Million Contract From General Motors



received a $500 million, multiyear contract from

General Motors


to supply the automaker with an advanced powertrain technology for an undisclosed future program.

The technology is aimed at improving fuel economy without sacrificing power and performance. Eaton, a maker of parts and components for a variety of vehicles, said it has been focusing its automotive strategy and resources on fuel economy, safety and environmental impact.

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