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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.