General Motors is celebrating a milestone at its Spring Hill powertrain plant; the former Saturn plant recently produced the 3-millionth Ecotec engine. Two-and-a-half years ago, Spring Hill produced the 2-millionth Ecotec engine. As an increasing number of consumers choose four-cylinder engines over larger engine choices, GM says a $55 million plant investment has helped it meet demand for vehicles powered by the Ecotec four-cylinder engine family.
Currently the Spring Hill powertrain plant builds the Ecotec 2.0-liter turbocharged direct-injection four-cylinder engine and the Ecotec 2.4-liter direct-injection four-cylinder engine. These engines can be found under the hoods of the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain crossovers, as well as the Buick Regal and Verano sedans. The 3-millionth engine will find a home under the hood of an all-new 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco.
“GM’s investment in the engine plant … has created or retained 93 hourly positions at GM Spring Hill,” said Mike Herron, UAW Local 1853 shop chairman, in a press release.
The Spring Hill powertrain plant will begin building the all-new Ecotec 2.5-liter engine later this year just in time to debut in the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu.
Source: General Motors