The first step GM is taking towards insuring the three have what it takes to make it on the market is the $109 million investment GM plans to make in the Flint and Bay City facilities in order to support the production of engines for both current and future versions of the models.
“This investment marks the second major increase in engine and engine component output in less than six months - a sign that GM is moving quickly to meet growing demand for more fuel-efficient cars,” said Terri Burden, Flint Engine Operations plant manager.
Part of the money will be used by GM to help boost the production of the new 1.4l engine it currently uses on the Cruze and Volt (as range extender) and that later will be fitted on the Sonic. The rest will be used to help support operations that lead to the manufacturing of connecting rods and camshafts used in the engine.
“I am very excited on behalf of all of our employees here at the Bay City Plant about our announcement today and very thankful for the cooperation and support from the community,” added Joe Mazzeo, Bay City plant manager.
“This announcement comes about in part because of our great team and the focus we place on delivering great products, an outstanding work ethic and an excellent working relationship between our union and management team.”