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GM is spending just under one billion dollars on a new V8 engine and EV components

Massive investment announced to develop next-gen small block and EV parts

Published: 23 Jan 2023
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General Motors has announced it intends to spend just under one billion dollars to develop its next-generation V8 engine.

The company will invest $918 million across four of its US sites, of which $854 million will be spent developing the sixth generation small block V8, and $64 million on supporting EV production.

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GM’s Flint Engine Operations in Michigan will get $579m from that total for the bulk of the new V8 – block, crank and head machining, as well as assembly. Its Bay City GPS site will get $216m to build cams, connecting rods and block and head machining, supporting Flint’s operation.

Meanhile, Defiance Operations in Ohio will get $55m, the bulk of which will go towards building block castings to support the future V8 programme, while $8m will be used to build a casting development cell for “future EV strategies”. Rochester Operations in New York will get a total of $68m from the pot, $12m of which will be used for V8 intake manifolds and fuel rails, and $56m for battery pack cooling lines for GM’s electric cars.

GM hasn’t revealed any details of the new V8 – or indeed the electric car components – other than the fact a sixth generation of its small block V8 will appear in the near future.

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“These investments, coupled with the hard work and dedication of our team members in Flint, Bay City, Rochester and Defiance, enable us to build world-class products for our customers and provide job security at these plants for years to come,” said GM’s VP of manufacturing and sustainability, Gerald Johnson.

“The teams in Rochester and Defiance are also leading our transformation to an all-electric future,” Johnson added. A future that includes a next-generation V8, too.

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