A twist of fate for General Motors and the engine it conceived and financed for its early development. The story began when GM acquired 50 percent of Italian engine maker VM Motori in July 2007. On the same year, GM disclosed it was working with VM Motori on a 2.9-liter diesel V-6 turbo engine bound to power the European version of the Cadillac CTS due 2009.
But Cadillac’s sales in Europe never took off. When GM, filed for bankruptcy in 2009, things went from bad to worst. VM, however, continued the development of the engine, but it was never fitted in a GM vehicle. Meanwhile, Fiat acquired 50 percent of VM Motori in February 2011, and was lucky enough to have a brand-new diesel V-6 turbo engine on hand.
That powerplant – a new 3.0-liter V-6 turbodiesel engine – is now fitted in the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 pickup, both of which are competing against GM offerings. Although GM has yet to disclose plans for a diesel version of its light-duty trucks or sports utility vehicles, it may eventually use VM’s Motori’s powerplant, since the Italian engine maker is free to offer it to other carmakers aside from Fiat.