General Motors has just announced that it will invest $20 million in the GM Bay City plant in Michigan. The powertrain facility will build camshafts for the next-gen ECOTEC engines. This is the third investment by GM of its kind and brings new investment at the facility to $62.5 million this year.
Ecotec is GM’s highest-volume and most advanced four-cylinder powerplant that motivates The General’s most popular vehicles, including the Chevy Malibu and Equinox, Buick LaCrosse and Regal, as well as the GMC Terrain.
According to GM manufacturing manager Gerald Johnson, this particular investment will result in the creation of 15 new jobs at the plant, while the total employment effect from GM’s three investments will result in 113 new hires at Bay City.
The GM Authority Take
GM’s current lineup of ECOTEC engines is rather competitive, ranging in displacement from 1.4 liter motors that produce less than 100 horses all the way to the turbocharged 2.0-liter LNF making over 250 horses.
Unfortunately, the demise of the Pontiac Solstice GXP and Saturn Sky Redline means that these high-performance ECOTEC motors are few and far between. Let’s hope the next-gen ECOTEC mills will be available in their high-performance (boosted) guises globally.