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GM Preparing New Small Block V-8

Gen-V engine promises better mileage and muscle.

by on Dec.06, 2011

The 100-millionth GM small-block engine sits completed at the end of the assembly line.

General Motors is getting ready to roll out an all-new version of its small block V-8 and the maker promises to deliver a mix of both better performance and improved mileage.

The fifth-generation V-8 is due out within 24 months and GM engineers are confirming the Gen-V small-block engine will deliver greater fuel efficiency compared with the current generation without sacrificing performance demanded for products like the Corvette ZR-1.

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“The Gen-V small block is an all-new, state-of-the-art engine family that will offer more efficiency and refinement than any other small block in its more than half-century of production,” said Jordan Lee, the program’s chief engineer. “For customers, that will mean cars and trucks that deliver more performance while using less gas to do it.”


Unloved Ex Saturn Plant to Get New Ecotec Engine

GM North America President Mark Reuss and Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen make announcement this Friday.

by on Sep.15, 2010

Some jobs returning to the under-used Spring Hill complex are better than none.

General Motors Company said today in a media invitation that it will make a powertrain investment announcement in its Spring Hill complex in Tennessee at 10 a.m. central time Friday.

The sprawling plant is only partially used since now defunct Saturn models were transferred to a now closed plant in Delaware and the Chevrolet Traverse model was moved out of state to Michigan.

Informed opinion from multiple sources has it that Spring Hill will make an upgraded version of the “Ecotec” four-cylinder engine in anticipation of increased need for more fuel efficient engines as more stringent emission and fuel economy regulations take hold starting in 2012.

The plant already makes four-cylinder engines for the popular Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain midsize crossover vehicles, and the Buick LaCrosse full-size sedan. Industry observers have it that GM is about to phase out larger and more fuel thirsty V6 and V8 engines in many of its models.

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Mark Reuss, GM’s North America president; Joe Ashton, United Auto Workers vice president – GM Department and governor Phil Bredesen will be at the press conference. UAW members are privately saying that some 400 laid-off workers will return to work.