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GM Pouring Millions into New Auto Technology Production

Auto PlantGeneral Motors (GM) is investing more than $330 million in its Michigan and Ohio plants to produce a new generation of automotive powertrains, including eight-speed transmissions and lightweight, high-efficiency gasoline engines.

The new eight-speed transmissions will replace the current six-speed models found in most GM trucks and SUVs, as well as its Chevrolet Corvette Stingray sports car. The additional two speeds will help increase the vehicle’s fuel efficiency, according to company spokespeople.

A new generation of lightweight, more fuel-efficiency gasoline engines are also part of GM’s near-term production agenda. The engines, a joint venture of GM and China’s Shanghai Automotive, will have three or four cylinders and displacements ranging from 1.0 to 1.5 liters. They are designed to burn alternative fuels, such as biofuels, in addition to conventional gasoline. GM intends to use these engines on its lower-priced models such as the Chevy Spark and Sonic. They may also appear as part of the Chevy Volt’s hybrid powertrain.

GM plans production at its upgraded plants to be in full swing for the 2016 model year.

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