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GM, Isuzu investing $60 million in Duramax engine plant

6 February 2014

DMAX Ltd.—a GM-Isuzu joint venture—will invest $60 million in the Ohio-based Duramax diesel engine plant to make design changes that meet future emission requirements.

Established in 1998, DMAX has produced almost 1.6 million engines since opening in 2000. GM owns 60% and Isuzu owns 40% of the venture that makes the Duramax diesel for heavy-duty trucks. The investment retains approximately 500 jobs at the engine plant.

DMAX has invested $760 million in the DMAX facility since 2000.

DMAX manufactures the Duramax 6.6L turbo diesel engine used in the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra. The Duramax is also available in the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans.

The current Duramax produces 397 hp (296 kW) at 3,000 rpm and 765 lb-ft of torque (1,037 Nm) at 1,600 rpm. All Duramax engines include a 2,000 bar piezo-actuated fuel system.

GM is also expected to introduce a 2.8-liter turbo diesel engine next year for the 2016 mid-size pickup trucks—Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon.

Source: GM