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Boost for the combustion engine: GM is investing almost a billion dollars in the next V8 generation

2023-01-30T05:40:34.001Z

General Motors is investing nearly $1 billion in multiple manufacturing facilities -- most of which is dedicated to developing the sixth-generation small-block V8.



General Motors is investing nearly $1 billion in multiple manufacturing facilities -- most of which is dedicated to developing the sixth-generation small-block V8.

The electric wave is rolling - and some car manufacturers such as Audi have long since announced their withdrawal from the development of internal combustion engines.

For some manufacturers, the electrification of the models has progressed so far that one could soon say goodbye to the electric sub-brands that were hastily thrown out of the ground.

At General Motors (GM), however, they are ironically opposed to the end of the combustion engine: The US manufacturer has now announced a huge investment in the development of V8 engines.

Boost for the combustion engine: GM is investing almost a billion dollars in the next V8 generation

The carmaker plans to invest a total of 918 million US dollars (equivalent to around 843 million euros, as of the end of January 2023) in four of its US plants.

The lion's share of 854 million US dollars (around 776 million euros) is to be used to prepare the sixth generation of the small block V8 engine.

The much smaller sum of 64 million US dollars (around 59 million euros) is intended to support electric car production.

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A small-block V8 is also installed in the legendary Corvette – here is a unit from 2014.

©Chevrolet

GM invests in new V8 generation: Money distributed to four engine plants in the USA

The money will go to engine plants in Flint, Michigan, Bay City, Michigan, Defiance, Ohio, and Rochester, New York -- with the Michigan plants receiving the majority.

According to a statement, these investments should enable the company to strengthen its full-size truck and SUV business -- and support the company's growing electric product portfolio.

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The first generation of the small block came out in 1954.

Since then, the engine has been further developed over several generations and installed in countless different models.

Technical details about the sixth generation unit are not yet available.

General Motors includes the brands Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac.

The Opel brand also belonged to the group until 2017 – since then the German car manufacturer has been part of the Stellantis empire.

Rubric list image: © Chevrolet

Source: merkur

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