Spring Hill plant gets GM's next Cadillac SRX model
General Motors has announced the next-generation Cadillac SRX will be produced at its plant in Spring Hill, according to a recent news release from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. The new model will begin production next year and come to market as a 2016 model.
The announcement came as a follow-up to statements made last year that GM would invest a total of $350 million and create or retain up to 1,800 jobs at Spring Hill’s once-shuttered assembly line. The decision was an outcome of negotiations with the UAW in 2011. A second new vehicle to be produced in Spring Hill is yet to be named.
In addition, the company will invest $185 million to produce GM’s new small displacement engine. Production for the new Ecotec engine family will create or retain 390 jobs. The new engine is planned for five GM brands in 27 models by the 2017 model year, powering many of the company’s high-volume small car and compact-crossover vehicles.
Spring Hill is among six manufacturing locations around the globe that will produce the new engine, and an additional $48.4 million investment is planned for the Bedford, Indiana, powertrain castings plant.
“The new Ecotec engine family represents the most advanced and efficient small displacement gasoline engines in GM’s history,” Arvin Jones, GM North America manufacturing manager, said. “It was a good business decision to produce this powertrain in Spring Hill and Bedford. Both teams have strong performance records, especially in quality.”
The new Ecotec portfolio includes 11 engines with three- and four-cylinder variants ranging from 1.0L to 1.5L – including turbocharged versions – and power ratings ranging from 75 horsepower (56 kW) to 165 horsepower (123 kW), and torque ranging from 70 lb-ft (95 Nm) to 184 lb-ft (250 Nm).
GM Spring Hill currently manufactures the Ecotec 2.0L turbocharged direct injection 4-cylinder engine, the Ecotec 2.4L direct injection 4-cylinder engine and Ecotec 2.5L direct injection engine, which powers the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu and Chevrolet Impala.
Source: The Tennessean