General Motors will build its new generation midsize diesel engine family at the GM Manufacturing Poland plant in Tychy. Start of production of the all-aluminum 1.6-liter four-cylinder diesel engine is scheduled for 2017. Total investment in the plant, which is located in the Katowice Special Economic Zone, will amount to €250 million (US$341 million). This is the biggest investment in the history of the Tychy plant and includes additional buildings and new manufacturing technology. The maximum annual production capacity will be 200,000 units.
The investment will enable the extension and modernization of the plant’s infrastructure. The building’s surface area will increase by 30% with the addition of the storage area as well as high tech production and testing lines. This expansion takes the plant’s technological competence to the next level and transforms the assembly facility into a full production plant. Construction and installation of the new production equipment will continue until 2016.
The new engine family will meet Euro 6 emission standards while securing high power and torque density, low fuel consumption and reducing CO2 emissions. Engines will be installed in a wide range of Opel/Vauxhall models.
The GM Manufacturing Poland plants in Gliwice and Tychy employ 3,500 people. The current portfolio includes the Opel Astra, the Cascada convertible and the 1.7-liter diesel engine. With today’s announcement, total GM investments in Poland will amount to more than €1 billion (US$1.4 billion).