GM Invests To Meet Demand For Its Fuel-Efficient Vehicles

by Chevrolet in the News on August 12, 2011

2013 Chevrolet Malibu ECO image

With more and more customers turning to General Motors for high-quality, high-efficiency cars and crossovers, GM is investing more and more money—right here in America—to keep up with demand. Among the latest recipients of the automaker’s current $2 billion U.S. investment program: GM powertrain plants in Tonawanda, N.Y., and Spring Hill, Tenn., both of which build versions of the impressive Ecotec four-cylinder engine.

“With gas prices becoming increasingly unstable, investment in new powertrains is vital if GM wants to be competitive,” said Joe Ashton, UAW vice president-GM Department. “Our customers want vehicles that get great gas mileage and our members have proven they can build innovative products that exceed our customers’ expectations.”

The Tonawanda Powertain facility will benefit from a $33 million investment to support additional capacity for the 2.4-liter Ecotec engine used in the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain. According to Los Angeles Chevy Dealers, that thrifty powerplant delivers a responsive 182 hp and 172 lb.-ft. of torque for the two popular crossovers, yet also provides best-in-class highway fuel efficiency of 32 mpg, to go with a strong 22 mpg EPA rating for city driving. Also notable: The Tonawanda investment will create/retain 100 jobs at the plant.

At Spring Hill, 63 more jobs will be created/retained thanks to a $32 million GM investment for the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu’s all-new 2.5-liter Ecotec I4 engine. Boasting efficiency enhancers like upgraded continuously variable valve timing, direct injection, a variable-displacement oil pump and electronic thermostat, the powerplant is slated to make more than 190 hp and 180 lb.-ft. of torque while also being one of the most efficient 2.5-liter engines on the market.

According to Fort Walton Beach Chevrolet, the 2013 Malibu will go into production early next year, initially featuring the 2.4-liter Ecotec mated to GM’s innovative eAssist light-electrification system, which is expected to deliver EPA ratings of 26 mpg city to go with a hybrid-like 38 mpg highway. The Malibu with the bigger 2.5-liter Ecotec will follow in the summer of 2012.

The Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain are on sale now at Chevy Dayton and your local Chevy dealer.

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