Shanghai, China – General Motors will develop a new small-displacement gasoline engine family and an advanced transmission with its Chinese partner, SAIC Motor Corporation.

“The co-development of these new engines and transmissions builds on a strong history of innovation and collaboration between GM and SAIC Motor,” said Tom Stephens, GM vice-chairman of global product operations. “Together, we will continue to quickly provide our customers leading-edge technologies that improve vehicle fuel efficiency and deliver robust performance.”

The new engine will be offered in displacements from 1.0 to 1.5 litres for the global market. The engine will be used by GM and SAIC Motor in China and future vehicles worldwide. Engineering will be carried out jointly by GM and SAIC engineers in Detroit and at the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center, the automakers’ engineering and design joint venture in Shanghai.

A new front-wheel drive transmission will feature dry dual-clutch technology and will provide upwards of 10 per cent improvement in fuel economy alone over current six-speed automatic transmissions. When combined, the technologies can provide up to 20 per cent improvement in CO2 emissions compared with engines and automatic transmissions produced in China today, the company said.

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