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GM Invests in Fuel Efficient Powertrains

August 30, 2013

General Motors Co., Detroit, will invest nearly $332 million in four manufacturing sites to produce more fuel-efficient engines and transmissions. Investments will be made at Flint Engine Operations, Flint, Mich., for a new small Ecotec gasoline engine and upgraded tooling for the current V6 engine. Toledo Transmission Operations, Toledo, will increase capacity and tooling to produce an 8-speed automatic transmission and an existing 6-speed transmission. Bay City Powertrain, Bay City, Mich., will produce components for a new V6 engine and for the small Ecotec gasoline engine. Bedford Castings, Bedford, Ind., will produce components for the small gas engine and the new 8-speed and existing 6-speed transmissions.

GM also is increasing its previously announced powertrain investment in Romulus Engine Operations, Romulus, Mich., and Saginaw Metal Castings Operations, Saginaw, Mich. An additional $46 million, for a total of $646 million, will support production of the new V6 engine.

Since 2009, GM has announced nearly $1.8 billion in investments for the six Powertrain facilities.

"Todays announcement demonstrates GM s commitment to growing the business and strengthening the plant communities where we receive so much support," said Diana Tremblay, vice president of GM North American Manufacturing. Combined, the two investments will retain about 1,650 jobs at the six facilities.

"The selection of these plants and the opportunity for the United Auto Workers to build the next generation of engines and transmissions reflects the great efforts of our work force," said UAW vice president Joe Ashton, who directs the unions GM department.

The new small Ecotec gasoline engine is part of a global engine family that could top 2 million engines a year by the end of the decade, based on production in Flint and other locations around the world. The new engines will offer improved fuel economy, higher quality, better performance and reduced carbon dioxide emissions.

Since 2009, GM has announced investments of more than $8.5 billion in its U.S. operations.

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