As the current 1.4-liter EcoTec engine production winds down at the General Motors Flint, Michigan assembly, a milestone was triggered.
The Flint plant produced its one-millionth 1.4-liter engine, cracking the number just before the plant retools to being production of the 1.5-liter and LUV/LUJ 1.4-liter turbocharged engines for the 2016 Chevrolet Volt and 2016 Chevrolet Cruze, respectively.
“Attaining 1 million engines produced is always an important milestone,” said Terri Burden, Flint Engine plant manager. “But this is particularly special because it comes as we prepare to launch an engine that will be a key part of GM’s global engine program for many years to come.”
The Flint assembly is currently in the midst of a $200 million renovation period, as it becomes one of eight engine plants around the world to build the upcoming 1.5-liter and 1.4-liter engines. When production ends this week, the Flint plant will still be building the LFX 3.6-liter V6 engine found in the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado, 2015 Chevrolet Traverse, 2015 GMC Canyon, 2015 GMC Acadia and 2015 Buick Enclave.
“Flint is GM’s first engine plant to embed its own hourly workers in the powertrain pre-production process,” said Jim Stack, operations launch manager at Flint Engine. “Having Flint employees working side by side with the engineers and pre-production teams allows us to streamline production processes and improve product quality before production begins in the plant.”