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2011 Chevrolet Volt

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According to the Detroit Free Press, GM should soon announce a new engine plant in Flint, Mich., that will build the small four-cylinder supplementary engine in the 2011 Chevrolet Volt.

According to plans, the engine will be roughly 1.0 liters in displacement and will be powered on only when the Volt's battery pack becomes discharged, at which time it will act as a generator for both the battery pack and the electric motors that propel the vehicle.

GM has already announced that a new plant in Flint will make the 1.4-liter engine for the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, so we assume this new facility will be making both the Volt and Cruze powerplants, though it's not known if the engines will share tooling or components like engine blocks.

In yet more news of government assistance (this time local), the state of Michigan approved $132.5 million in tax incentives for both the new Flint plant as well as for upgrades to four additional GM facilities. In total, GM's proposed new projects ring in at $838 million, which includes an overhaul of the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant that once built Cadillacs but is now gearing up for Chevy Volt production.--Colin Mathews
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  1. Michael Moore probably gets some credit....
     
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  2. Once confirmed, it's a surprisingly positive move from GM. Hopefully, UAW won't make them close it in a couple of years.
     
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  3. Yes, these are indeed RELEVANT products for Today's $4 and $5 and tomorrow's $10 environment.
    It would be even better if the engines were 40 and 50 MPG DIESELS than 30 or so MPG Gas engines (of similar displacement and HP and Torque)
    I am a bit afraid that, as usual, GM is fighting the last war, and when it makes some progress, it will again not be good enough. Compare with Honda, the perennial MPG leader, now Honda is into Safety and DIESELS, so a couple years from now these GM autos will look outclassed in BOTH MPG AND safety by the Honda Diesels.
     
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  4. Ed - you're the troll by the name of accordsforall from the old forums - aren't you?
     
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