GM Ecotec Engine Hits 3 million Mark at Spring Hill Plant
Investments of $55 million to meet consumer demand for more fuel-efficient engines helped General Motors Spring Hill powertrain plant produce its 3-millionth Ecotec engine this week, just 2½ years after the 2 millionth engine was assembled, according to a GM news release.
“The investment in the Spring Hill engine plant is allowing us to meet the growing needs of customers for high-quality, fuel-efficient vehicles,” said GM Spring Hill Complex Manager Ken Knight. “Consumers and critics love these engines for their fuel efficiency and power. In 2010 and 2012, WardsAuto named the engines we manufacture one of the ‘10 Best Engines’ for North America.”
The 3-millionth engine will power the all-new 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco. Similar engines built at Spring Hill power the Chevrolet Equinox crossover, the Buick Regal luxury sport sedan, the Buick Verano luxury sedan and the GMC Terrain small SUV.
The GM Spring Hill Manufacturing facility is located in Spring Hill, Tenn. It was best known as the Saturn plant for many years until that brand folded in 2007. Currently, the 6.9 million sq. ft. site manufacturing operations consist of an engine plant making 4-cylinder engines, a stamping plant, two polymer injection molding operations and one painting operation for bumper fascias that covers 2100 acres.