The Shanghai GM Dong Yue Automotive Powertrain joint venture in Yantai, Shandong, has begun production of a new series of GM Ecotec engines. The engines, with displacements of 1.6 and 1.8 liters, will power new Shanghai GM models built and sold in China.
The Ecotec engines were developed by GM in Europe. The application of Dynamic Variable Valve Timing (DVVT) and a Variable Intake Manifold (VIM) ensures high torque at low rpm and high horsepower per liter. The 1.6-liter engine generates 54 kW/L of power, while the 1.8-liter engine produces 58 kW/L of power
The Ecotec engine program is a component of Shanghai GM’s Drive to Green strategy.
The introduction of the new Ecotec engines is an example of our commitment to share our company’s latest technology with our joint ventures in order to ensure that GM products sold locally are as efficient as possible. Our goal is to make all of our products and powertrains leaders in their class in fuel efficiency and emissions.—Kevin Wale, President and Managing Director of the GM China Group
Shanghai GM Dong Yue Automotive Powertrain, a joint venture between GM China, SAIC and Shanghai GM, began production in 2005. It builds engines for Chevrolet and Buick products manufactured by Shanghai GM. The facility has an annual capacity of 660,000 engines and 300,000 automatic transmissions working on three shifts.