Along with a bunch of other things, General Motors confirmed today that it is developing a new family of small-displacement Ecotec gasoline engines over the next several years.
The goal of the new engines are to give customers in markets all around the world better fuel economy, higher quality, better performance and reduced carbon dioxide emissions. A total of 2 million engines a year could become a part of the program by 2020.
“Our customers around the world agree we need to reduce our dependence on petroleum and reduce vehicle carbon emissions,” said Jim Federico, vehicle line executive for GM global small cars and electric vehicles. “We are working aggressively on vehicle electrification and other technologies, but the most immediate progress will come from continually improving the internal combustion engine.”
The new Ecotec engine family will consist of a range of 3 and 4-cylinder engines in 1.0 liter to 1.5 liter displacements. All will feature lightweight design and advanced technologies including direct injection, turbocharging and alternative fuel compatibility.
Production of the engines are expected to begin by 2015. They will be introduced in GM global vehicle programs across multiple vehicle architectures in various regions.
– By: Omar Rana