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GM’s Ecotec Engine Family Ready to Power Small Cars

Maker claims engines outperform competition.

by on Mar.20, 2014

The new Ecotec small engine portfolio will include 11 engines,with three- and four-cylinder variants ranging from 1.0 liters to 1.5 liters.

General Motors is ready to roll out a new family of small, three- and four-cylinder gasoline engines that will eventually power one of every four vehicles GM builds around the world.

Engines from the new Ecotec family are already scheduled to power the new Opel Adam, which goes on sale soon in Europe, and the next-generation Chevrolet Cruze for China that GM is planning to unveil next month in Beijing, GM executives said.

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The engines also will be used in vehicles such as the next generation Chevrolet Cruze that will be sold in the U.S. GM officials said. GM is promising to show a refreshed version of the Chevrolet Cruze at the New York Auto Show, but the next-generation Cruze is now expected to reach showrooms in late 2016. (more…)

GM Investing $332 Mil for High-Mileage Powertrains

Maker will add new mix of 3-, 4- and 6-cylinder engines, and 8-speed gearboxes.

by on Apr.04, 2013

GM will add several variants of the new Ecotec family, including a 1.0-liter 3-cylinder.

General Motors will invest $332 million to gear up four plants to launch an array of new powertrain components, including all-new 3-, 4- and 6-cylinders engines, as well as a new 8-speed transmission.

In a complex announcement, the maker also revealed plans to boost a previous investment at two Michigan plants by $46 million.  In all, the new and expanded programs will bring to $1.8 billion the money GM has committed to updating six Midwest powertrain facilities since just 2009.

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“We are investing in technologies and manufacturing capabilities that produce high-quality, fuel-efficient vehicles and components for our customers,” said Diana Tremblay, vice president of GM North American Manufacturing.


GM Launching New Global Small Car Engine Family

Underscores maker’s shift to small cars and crossovers.

by on Oct.12, 2011

The new GM Ecotec engines will cover models ranging from microcars to midsize.

General Motors is developing an all-new family of high-tech global engine family that it hopes will reduce costs while delivering better mileage and performance.

The new engine line will power a wide array of products, from the smallest GM produces all the way up to some of its midsize models, officials announced during a global news event celebrating the upcoming 100th anniversary of the maker’s dominant brand, Chevrolet.  During the well-attended gathering, the automaker unveiled one of the first vehicles that will make use of the new engine line, the next-generation Chevy Spark.

The new engine family – which will replace three separate powertrain lines currently in use – will cover displacements ranging from 1.0 to 1.5-liter and both 3- and 4-cylinder configurations.  The new Spark, which goes on sale in the U.S. next year, will feature a 1.2-liter 4-cylinder version of the global Ecotec family.

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Significantly, GM will incorporate a wide range of the latest technologies, including Direct Injection and turbocharging.  Such features are costly but Jim Federico, who oversees small car operations at GM, stressed that by migrating to a single family that shares many key components there will be major cost savings due to the improved economies of scale.


GM Investing $65 Mil to Boost 4-Cylinder Engine Production

Fuel prices driving shift in buyer demand.

by on Jun.20, 2011

General Motors Tonawanda Powertrain employee Tim Battaglia works on an Ecotec I-4 engine.

Rising fuel prices have triggered a marked shift in what motorists are buying these days, especially when it comes to engine choices – and that has prompted General Motors to invest more than $65 million in plants in New York and Tennessee to expand production of the Ecotec four-cylinder engines used in Chevrolet’s most fuel-efficient cars and crossovers.

While GM has continued offering 6-cylinder powertrains on many models, rising demand for four-cylinder designs is leading to aggressive shifts in both vehicle design and production plans.  Some mainstream makers, such as Hyundai, are all but abandoning sixes in midsize and smaller offerings.

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“GM is committed to investing in manufacturing and jobs in the U.S.,” said Cathy Clegg,GM’s vice president of labor relations during an announcement at the maker’s Tonawanda plant, in New York. “These investments in powertrain manufacturing technology will help us meet the growing needs of our customers for high quality, fuel efficient vehicles – both today and in the future.”


GM Opens EV Motor Plant – Then Pumps Big Bucks into Conventional Gas Engine Factory

Maker covering all bases.

by on May.18, 2011

The Chevy Sonic will be the next model to get GM's Ecotec four-cylinder engine.

As former General Motors Chairman Bob Lutz liked to say, “there’s no silver bullet” when it comes to finding the cleaner, more fuel-efficient technology for tomorrow’s cars. Instead, he and other industry experts believe that, over the next decade or two, we’ll likely see cars run on a variety of different, increasingly efficient, forms of power.

GM is underscoring that point, this week, with two big announcements covering both conventional and advanced engine technology.

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The maker broke ground, on Tuesday, at what will become the first U.S. plant owned by a major automaker specifically to produce electric motors.  They’ll be used, the maker said, in the next generation of its two-mode hybrid system – which should be both more efficient and less expensive than the current version of that gas-electric driveline.

“Going forward, we want to see these things not only invented in America; we want to see them built in America,” said U.S. Energy Sec. Steven Chu, during a ceremony at the plant, near Baltimore. “And it’s that combination of invented in the U.S., built in the U.S., and sold worldwide that’s going to be the heart of our future.”