DETROIT—General Motors Co. will spend $331.8 million in four manufacturing sites to produce fuel-efficient engines and transmissions.
The investments will power production of a new Ecotec small gas engine, a new V6 engine, an eight-speed transmission and tooling for an existing six-speed transmission.
GM also is increasing previously-announced powertrain investments bound for its Romulus and Saginaw, Mich. facilities by $46 million for a total of $646 million to support production of the new V6 engine.
Since 2009, GM has announced nearly $1.8 billion of investments for the six Powertrain facilities.
“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 says the investment wil retain about 1,650 jobs at the six facilities.
“The selection of these plants and the opportunity for the United Auto Workers to build the next generation of engines and transmissions reflects the great efforts of our work force,” said UAW Vice President Joe Ashton, who directs the union’s GM department. “This investment goes a long way to ensuring GM remains a marketplace leader and our members can continue to support and share in the company’s growth.”
GM’s newly announced $331.8 million investment includes:
The additional $46 million for the V6 project includes a $41 million increase for Saginaw Metal Castings Operations to produce castings for the new V6 engine, and $5 million more for its Romulus Engine Operations to build the new V6 engines.
GM says it hopes to produce more than two million Ecotec gasoline engines a year by the end of the decade, based on production in Flint and other locations around the world.
The eight-speed automatic transmission will assist in improved fuel economy and performance. Details about the new V6 engine program were not disclosed.