GM Daewoo Auto & Technology Company (GM Daewoo) has opened a new engine plant at its Changwon production facility in southeastern Korea. The state-of-the-art T4 engine plant, which represents an investment of almost £62 million, has an annual production capacity of 220,000 units. At the facility, GM Daewoo will produce four-cylinder 1.0 and 1.2-litre S-TEC engines, in addition to the existing three-cylinder 0.8-litre power plant.
According to GM Daewoo President and CEO Nick Reilly, the facility will make GM Daewoo a stronger player in the mini-and small-car segments. "The T4 engines are indispensable to the future of our Changwon plant and will help us increase our market share not only domestically, but also abroad."
The all-new 1.2-litre T4 engine develops 71 horsepower and 104 Nm of torque at 4,300 rpm. This makes it as powerful as many DOHC engines in terms of developed power per litre of displacement. Both engines feature exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valves in order to further reduce NOx emissions and to meet ever-more stringent environmental demands. GM Daewoo is installing T4 engines in the 1.0-litre Matiz, which is being launched into the UK market in February 2003, and in the 1.2-litre Kalos that joins the UK line-up in April 2003.Published 22 December 2002