General Motors recently announced its intent to build a new engine factory in Flint, Michigan, for two new small-displacement engines.
Located adjacent to existing GM factories near Flint’s airport, the new factory is the result of a $349 million investment on GM’s part, and will be responsible for two important products.
The new line will primarily be responsible for two different engines – both 1.4-liter inline-four-cylinders.; A naturally-aspirated model will provide power in the heralded 2011 Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicle, while a turbocharged version will motivate the upcoming 2011 Chevrolet Cruze.
“We are proud that General Motors has chosen Michigan as the best place to develop and produce the revolutionary Chevy Volt and other next-generation vehicles and components,” said Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm. GM Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner remarked that “GM, the UAW, and the City of Flint have a long-standing relationship.; We are confident that Flint is the exactly the right place to build our all-new powertrain plant.”
The factory will also be created with future products in mind: the assembly line can adapt for building new or different kinds of 4 cylinder engines, should the need arise.
When completed in 2010, the plant will occupy approximately 552,000 square feet, employ approximately 300 workers.