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General Motors will invest more than $494 million in three US plants to produce the next generation of its gasoline direct-injection Ecotec engines. The investment includes facility renovation, new machinery, equipment and special tooling to support this engine program at the three plants, and consists of the following:

  • Tonawanda: $425-million site investment will add capacity for the next generation Ecotec engine at 370,000 per year;

  • Defiance: $59-million site investment will support precision sand cast block at a capacity of 188,000 annually; and

  • Bay City: $10.5-million site investment will bring new product to the plant (Ecotec connecting rod).

The investment in Tonawanda, supported by the investments at Defiance and Bay City, will go toward producing two next-generation Ecotec engines.

The current Ecotec 2.4L with direct injection and variable valve timing in the Buick LaCrosse, Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain was recently recognized as one of Ward’s Auto World magazine’s 2010 “Ten Best Engines” for North America based on several factors, including power, fuel efficiency and new technology. The Ecotec is currently available in 2.0L, 2.2L and 2.4L displacements. The next-gen Ecotec will build on this foundation.

GM will release specifics about the engine capabilities as well as product applications at a later date.



The Hyundai 2.4 L direct injection is 198hp/184lb-ft with 35 mpg in the 2011 Sonata, but haven't seen the GM specs.



GM has estimated that their Equinox SUV (mid-small class?) with the 2.4L Ecotec will hit 32mpg highway (22 city). Equalling or besting most lighter and lower surface area sedans.


I consider 20/30 to be good mileage in a sedan or SUV. Make them FFV so that I can run M85 that I can get anywhere and I will be satisfied. Make them hybrid so that I can still get 20/30 on M85 for less than a $5000 premium and I will be even more satisfied.

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