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GM Is Investing Nearly $1 Billion in New V8 Engines


Inside Flint Engine Operations.

Inside Flint Engine Operations.
Photograph: GM

GM introduced on Friday that it will be spending $854 million to make its sixth-generation small block V8, and $64 million to assist its EV efforts, in information that sounds prefer it belongs in a special yr however isn’t. The information additionally confirms {that a} sixth-generation small block V8 is going on, which GM says it intends to make use of to “strengthen its industry-leading full-size truck and SUV enterprise.”

The fifth-generation V8 is at the moment utilized in quite a lot of vehicles, vehicles, and SUVs in quite a lot of configurations, from the bottom C8 Corvettes to some variations of the Sierra. Information that there will probably be a sixth-gen comes as solely a small shock, as GM expects to nonetheless be promoting plenty of fuel vehicles and SUVs for years to come back, seemingly partially as a result of towing vary in electrical autos nonetheless sucks.

At any fee, GM detailed the information investments as follows:

  • Flint Engine Operations in Michigan – GM will make investments $579 million to arrange the plant to assemble GM’s sixth era household of Small Block V-8 fuel engines together with the associated block, crank and head machining. Work on the facility will start instantly. Flint will proceed constructing the three.0L turbo-diesel in the course of the facility renovations. GM’s 3.0L diesel is utilized in quite a lot of light-duty truck purposes.
  • Bay Metropolis GPS in Michigan – GM will make investments $216 million to arrange the power to construct camshafts, connecting rods and block/head machining supporting future V-8 manufacturing at Flint Engine Operations.
  • Defiance Operations in Ohio – GM will make investments $55 million within the Defiance facility. $47 million will probably be invested to arrange the power to construct quite a lot of block castings to help future V-8 engine applications. As well as, the funding consists of $8 million to construct a casting improvement cell for castings to help future EV methods.
  • Rochester Operations in New York – GM will make investments a complete of $68 million within the Rochester facility. $12 million will probably be invested to arrange the power to construct consumption manifolds and gasoline rails for the longer term V-8 manufacturing at Flint Engine Operations. As well as, the funding consists of $56 million for the manufacturing of battery pack cooling traces for EV manufacturing.

I’m certain GM will discover a strategy to make the sixth-gen V8 barely extra environment friendly than the fifth-gen, although Chevy’s small block V8 is utilized in so many alternative autos that it’s laborious to think about it as anybody factor. What this actually says is that GM is aware of the electrical future is a long-term deal, and it’ll be needing much more V8s within the near-term.

I’m completely satisfied for the employees, too, who in all probability spend some period of time questioning about job safety.

“Our union celebrates the announcement of these new investments into our GM facilities, which will benefit our members at Locals 659 (Flint, Michigan), 362 (Bay City, Michigan), 211 (Defiance, Ohio) and 1097 (Rochester, New York),” UAW President Ray Curry said in the press release. “The skill and dedication of UAW members are a key part of GM’s success, and this investment recognizes that our members will remain a vital part of GM’s future.”

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