General Motors’ Spring Hill powertrain site is now celebrating after reaching another production milestone by recently producing its three-millionth Ecotec engine. Just barely two-and-a-half years ago, the Spring Hill plant produced the two-millionth Ecotec engine. The demand for vehicles with four-cylinder engines has been increasing as consumers look for models that do not consume as much fuel as other larger engines.
The demand was so high that GM had to invest $55 million just to increase the capacity of the plant, allowing it to supply the market as much as it wants with Ecotec four-cylinder engines.
The Spring Hill powertrain plant currently builds the Ecotec 2.0-liter turbocharged direct-injection four-cylinder engine as well as the Ecotec 2.4-liter direct-injection four-cylinder engine, which powers GM vehicles like the Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain crossovers, Buick Regal and Verano sedans.
To celebrate the milestone, GM will fit the three-millionth engine under the hood of an all-new 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco. The Spring Hill engine plant will start producing the all-new Ecotec 2.5-liter engine later in 2012 just in time to be fitted under the hood of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu.
In a press release, Mike Herron, UAW Local 1853 shop chairman, said that GM’s $55 million investment at the Spring Hill site has created or retained 93 hourly positions.
Chevrolet’s all-new 2013 Malibu lineup includes the Malibu ECO, which is the carmaker’s first global midsize sedan and which gives you more style, craftsmanship, content and features, fuel efficiency, and dynamic capabilities that can rival high-end sedans.
The all-new Malibu’s exterior design carries DNA from the Chevrolet Camaro and the Chevrolet Corvette. It has broad shoulders, an integrated rear spoiler, and a wider stance, bringing a new athleticism to the Malibu and giving it a more track-tested and aggressive look. Moreover, the Malibu features a wheelbase that is 4.5 inches shorter than that of its predecessor model, as well as front and rear tracks that are more than two inches wider at 62 inches.
Furthermore, the Malibu's interior has been designed to bring a sense of sophistication to driving. It features a new dual cockpit design plus more room due to the car’s increased width. And compared to its predecessor model, the Malibu has nearly 113 liters of extra interior volume, as well as more front and rear hip and shoulder room and over 28 liters of additional trunk space.
Soft, ice-blue ambient lighting that complements the car’s chrome accents is also available. This ambient lighting provides even and consistent illumination on the instrument panel as well as in storage pockets.
Additionally, the Malibu has several storage areas. These include a radio face, which can move up and down, revealing a 6-inch-deep lighted storage area positioned behind its 7-inch touch-screen radio display. This is a first in a mid-size vehicle in the U.S. Also, the Malibu offers a full range of cutting-edge infotainment options, such as the new color radio systems. It also offers an available navigation system.
The Malibu also includes the new MyLink infotainment package from Chevrolet. It builds on the security and safety of OnStar and smoothly integrates online services such as Stitcher SmartRadio and Pandora Internet radio. MyLink also integrates wireless connectivity via Bluetooth to enable hands-free use of certain smart phone apps on your device while it is safely stowed. MyLink also boasts a high-resolution and full-color touch screen display.