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General Motors to produce new turbo-diesel engine at Talegaon in June 2011 Print E-mail
Written by Vivek   
Saturday, 16 April 2011
Mumbai: Engineers from GM India supported a multinational team led by GM's Torino Engineering Center in designing a 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbo-diesel engine, to be used first in Indian market. Designed to have best-in-class fuel efficiency and performance for its size, the new engine is expected to enhance GM's competitiveness in the Indian market.

The new engine will be produced at General Motors India's manufacturing facilities in Talegaon, Maharashtra in June 2011 and will be launched on the Chevrolet Beat in the second half of 2011.

GM Torino and GM India Engineering collaborated closely to design in specific regional features and content requirements. The GM Engineering Center in Torino, employing more than 500 people, develops and engineers diesel engines, controls and advanced propulsion systems.

"The exclusive design leveraged the capabilities of dozens of Torino-based diesel engineers to deliver what is expected to be a leader for its size in performance and fuel efficiency for the Indian market," said Stefano Caprio, the 1.0-liter engine global program manager and chief engineer. "Contributing to the great fuel economy is an innovative, lightweight three-cylinder design."

Features of the engine include an iron block, aluminum DOHC cylinder head, lifetime maintenance-free timing chain, centrifugal blowby separator filter for lower oil consumption, low-noise timing gears, a balancer shaft for state-of-the-art NVH and a precisely sized waste-gated turbocharger.

The new compact engine will also be the peak torque leader for its displacement in the Indian market (140 Nm @ 1,750 rpm) and low-end peak torque leader for its displacement worldwide at 100 Nm @ 1,250 rpm.

"This new state-of-the-art turbo-diesel engine will enhance the competitiveness of our Chevrolet line-up in the Indian market. The addition of diesel options to our portfolio will continue to improve our sales volume and market share," GM India President & Managing Director Karl Slym said.

GM India operates manufacturing facilities in Halol, Gujarat and in Talegaon, Maharashtra. The company produces the Chevrolet Captiva, Chevrolet Optra, Chevrolet Cruze, Chevrolet Aveo, Chevrolet Aveo U-VA, Chevrolet Spark, Chevrolet Beat and Chevrolet Tavera for sale in India.

General Motors India Automotive Design Contest

General Motors India organized an automotive design contest, "Design the next Chevrolet Contest" for young and aspiring engineering and design students from across the country.

Students from various engineering colleges and institutes across the country participated in the contest. Around 1000 entries were received and 40 were shortlisted. 

“We at GM India, always believe styling and designing of vehicles to be an integral part of whole manufacturing process, and have always recognized and encouraged the designers who are helping to develop India as a destination for automotive styling and designing. The design contest offered a platform to the young students who aspire to make it big the in the field of automotive designing which eventually will benefit the automotive industry in the long term,” said Karl Slym, President & Managing Director, GM India.

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