- Total investment of over £200 million
- Newly developed family of 1.5 and 2.0-litre diesel engines
- Korean manufacture for worldwide export
The production facility’s machine line will be 90 per cent automated and the engine assembly line 40 per cent automated. The entire plant will be designed for flexibility in order to accommodate future engine products. It will have more than 250 employees. Construction of the plant is expected to be completed in April 2005, with production commencing in early 2006. The annual manufacturing capacity will exceed 250,000 units.
GM Daewoo President and CEO Nick Reilly said: "The new plant will make GM Daewoo a stronger competitor by giving us an important new source of diesel engines that are in high demand the world over. By leveraging the expertise of VM Motori and GM Powertrain, we will produce diesel engines that provide the highest value and efficiency in the industry."
In March, GM Daewoo signed a licence agreement with Italian diesel maker, VM Motori, to develop the new engines. They will be tuned to optimise the unique characteristics and requirements of each vehicle. The engines will feature common-rail technology and meet the Euro IV emission standard. Selected applications, including a new, compact-class SUV, will feature a diesel particulate filter.
GM Daewoo Auto & Technology, which is based in Incheon, Korea, was established in 2002. It has three manufacturing facilities in Korea as well as an assembly facility in Vietnam. GM Daewoo products are also assembled at GM facilities in China, Thailand and India. In 2003, GM Daewoo sold nearly 600,000 vehicles. Its products are exported to 141 countries. In Europe, GM Daewoo sold 133,000 cars in 2003, an increase of 21.6% over the previous year.
VM Motori was founded in 1947 and is located at Cento, Italy. The company specialises in the design and production of diesel engines for a variety of uses. With the development of a new range of state of the art, turbocharged diesel engines in the mid-seventies, VM Motori established itself as a key player in the automotive sector.Published 2 June 2004