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GM to launch new Ecotec gasoline engines family

ABR Staff Writer Published 17 October 2011

General Motors (GM) will develop a new global family of small-displacement Ecotec gasoline engines that will give customers worldwide improved fuel economy, higher quality, better performance and reduced CO2 emissions.

The new family will be smaller, consisting of three- and four-cylinder engines ranging from 1.0- to 1.5-litres, engineered and manufactured in several regions for global use.

All the engines will feature lightweight design and advanced technologies such as direct injection, turbocharging and alternative fuel compatibility to provide both efficiency and on-demand performance.

The company said that the new engines will offer reduce noise, vibration and harshness, which are common drawbacks of smaller engines.

GM vehicle line executive for global small cars and electric vehicles Jim Federico said the company's customers around the world agree we need to reduce our dependence on petroleum and reduce vehicle carbon emissions.

"We are working aggressively on vehicle electrification and other technologies, but the most immediate progress will come from continually improving the internal combustion engine," Federico said.

The new engine family consolidation is part of the company's larger product development strategy to reduce engineering and manufacturing complexity and to reduce them the engines will be designed and built using a modular approach with interchangeable global components.

Production is scheduled to start by the middle of the decade and the new engines will be introduced in the company's global vehicle programmes across multiple vehicle architectures in various regions.

The new engine family is being developed via an engineering partnership between GM, Shanghai Automotive Industry (SAIC), Shanghai General Motors (SGM) and the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC).