Yesterday General Motors announced that despite massive cutbacks, it will still be investing $250 million to make the 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that will power (or help power) the 2011 Chevrolet Volt and 2011 Chevrolet Cruze.
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The catch: no new plant or production facility space will be dedicated to the engine. Instead, they say that production capacity will be "allocated to existing and available floor space in the company's Flint South engine plant." They cite "capital expenditure constraints" and "available floor space in existing facilities" as the reasons for the decision. Looks like everbody's cubicles are shrinking these days.
Internally, the engine will be known as a member of the "Family 0" group of engines. Production is expected to commence in December of 2010, and GM claims that Family 0 production will mark its "most flexible and competitive engine manufacturing lines in the world." Multiple four-cylinder families will be built in Flint without the need for retooling and 150 flexible stations will be used in the manufacturing process.