General Motors Co. and Isuzu Motors Ltd. are making a $60-million investment to upgrade technology in DMAX Ltd., their diesel engine joint venture in Moraine, Ohio. The investment will allow the companies to enable design changes to comply with future emission requirements as well as keep 500 workers at the site, GM said in a statement.
Since 2000, the venture – owned 60 percent by GM and 40 percent by Suzuki -- has built nearly 1.6 million diesel engines for heavy-duty trucks in the United States since starting operations in 2000, GM said. The plant builds the Duramax 6.6-liter turbo diesel engine featured in the heavy-duty versions of the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks. The engine could also be offered for the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans.
According to GM, a 2.8-liter turbo diesel engine will be available in 2015 for the 2016-model mid-size pickup trucks, the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. The company is also considering diesel variants of the light-duty versions of the Silverado and Sierra. The plant has received $760 million since 2000 from GM and Suzuki.
“Today’s announcement demonstrates GM’s commitment to continuously invest in technologies that reduce the impact of our vehicles on the environment, while maintaining performance attributes required by customers in the areas of towing and hauling loads,” said GM North America Manufacturing Manager Christine Sitek. “This investment represents a vote of confidence in our employees and IUE-CWA Local 755, who have consistently demonstrated their commitment and dedication to building the best diesel engine possible,” Sitek said.