GM starts preparing Flint facility to build Chevrolet Volt and Cruze engines

GM's New 4-Cylinder Engine Plant In Flint, Mich.

General Motors today showed off work being down at its new Flint Engine South plant as it prepares for production of the engines that will power the Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan and the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid.

The 1.4L 4-cylinder engine will help the Volt provide additional driving mileage after its lithium-ion battery, which is good for 40 miles, has been depleted. A turbocharged version of the engine will be produced for the Chevrolet Cruze.

GM is investing a total of $202 million in Flint to renovate space that was once used for building other engines. The Detroit Automaker is also spending $1.7 million at a near by Flint Metal Center that will be used for stamping metal for the Volt.

The company will invest $30 million at the Grand Blanc Weld Tool Center to build robotic weld tool cells that will help assemble the Volt.

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– By: Stephen Calogera

Source: Free Press