In a statement released this week, GM Customer Care said it had donated a total of 216 Chevy Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 trucks equipped with its 3.0L LM2 inline-six turbodiesel engine to participating ASEP schools. The trucks, which are from both the 2019 and 2020 model year, were delivered to 50 different U.S. GM ASEP colleges and three select universities throughout the third-quarter of this year at a cost of roughly $12 million.
Eric Kenar, manager of Technician Environment and Service Traning at GM, says the donation of the trucks will provide its up-and-coming technicians the opportunity to learn from the innovative technology in the automaker’s current model vehicles, from hands-on repair experience to electronic diagnostics and more.
“This will put those students at a competitive advantage when they graduate from GM ASEP and enter into the dealership or ACDelco Professional Service Center environment,” Kenar said.
The GM ASEP is a joint effort between the automaker, its dealerships, ACDelco and and select colleges across the United States, Canada, China and Ecuador. The automaker says the program, which includes math, reading, electronics and technical programs, is intended to provide “the necessary resources to ensure technicians within the dealer network are highly trained in order to service the advanced technology found in GM vehicles.” Students in the program alternate between in-class sessions and hands-on work experience at a sponsoring GM dealership or ACDelco Professional Service Center.
The donation of diesel trucks is significant, as the 3.0L LM2 inline-six turbodiesel engine is a relatively recent addition to GM’s engine portfolio and features up-to-date technologies that help make it one of the most refined and efficient diesel engines in the segment, according to GM. The aluminum-block diesel produces 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque in the Chevy Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500, where it is paired exclusively with a GM 10-speed automatic transmission.