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General Motors to invest EUR250m in Poland engine production plant

ABR Staff Writer Published 12 February 2014

American automaker General Motors (GM) is set to invest EUR250m in its GM Manufacturing Poland plant in Tychy for production of a new generation midsize diesel engine family.

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With this new investment, the company will set up additional buildings and new manufacturing technology at the plant. It will also enable GM to extend and modernize the plant's infrastructure.

GM will also add a storage area and high-tech production and testing lines, which will increase the plant's surface area by 30%. Construction and installation of the new production equipment will continue until 2016.

The company will commence the production of all-aluminum 1.6L four-cylinder diesel engines starting 2017.The plant is expected to produce 200,000 units annually.

GM will develop the new engine family with Euro 6 emission standards offering high power and torque density, low fuel consumption and reducing CO2 emissions.

After production, these engines will be used to power a wide range of Opel and Vauxhall models.

Adam Opel manufacturing Europe vice president and management board member Peter Thom said that the new midsize diesel engine family is an important part of our engine offensive.

"We appreciate the good quality and high efficiency of our Polish location and look forward to implementing this exciting project."

GM Manufacturing Poland plant managing director Andrzej Korpak said, "The new investment moves the GM Manufacturing Poland plant to the next development level and secures its future. With this comprehensive portfolio of modern engines and vehicles, we are committed to contributing to the Opel/Vauxhall product offensive."

Image: GM will use the engines to power its Opel and Vauxhall models. Photo: Courtesy of Adam Opel AG.