The engines of the American past appear to be just that: history. According to Gerald Johnson, General Motors manufacturing manager, “Customers care about fuel efficiency and performance” and thus, the company will be working extra hard to produce a new line of efficient and clean engines. An investment of $385 million will be put into GM’s Romulus engine plant located in southern Michigan. Adding to the currently existing 840 jobs will be the support of about 320 created or retained positions.
The future engines will be a variety of V6 and V8 blocks intended for GM trucks. The full size vans, the Express and Savanna, as well as the full size SUVs: Tahoe, Suburban and Yukon. The big trucks, Sierra and Silverado, will also get the Romulus treatment which isn’t as surprising as the announcement of the mid size Canyon and Colorado finding the new engines under their hood. Either these trucks will ditch their current five cylinder block for a V6 or the optional 5.3 liter V8 will get replaced with something different: one can only ponder.