Detroit, Michigan – General Motors has confirmed that it will continue with plans to invest approximately US$250 million to start engine production in Flint, Michigan. The company will build its 1.4-litre four-cylinder “Family O” engine in existing and available floor space in its Flint South engine plant.

The engines will be used in the Chevrolet Cruze and Volt.

Preparations to the plant, including installation of new machinery and equipment, will begin this spring. Engine production is targeted to begin in December 2010.

The production of Family O engines at Flint South will be GM’s most flexible and competitive engine manufacturing lines worldwide, with approximately 150 highly flexible stations that will allow production of multiple four-cylinder engine families without retooling. The company said that because of this, it will not invest in new floor space at this time, due to current expenditure constraints and available floor space in existing facilities.

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