Following the Great Recession, there arose a great rise in popularity from V-6 engines to four-cylinders. At the same time, General Motors shuffled its Spring Hill, Tenn., plant from making Saturns, to making crossovers, and then, finally, to becoming a dedicated production plant for its Ecotec four-cylinder engines.
Now, $55 million and 2.5 years later, the Spring Hill plant is able to lay claim to producing its 3 millionth Ecotec engine.
“The investment in the Spring Hill engine plant is allowing us to meet the growing needs of customers for high-quality, fuel-efficient vehicles,” said GM Spring Hill Complex Manager Ken Knight in a statement. “Consumers and critics love these engines for their fuel efficiency and power.”
Spring Hill currently makes 2.0-liter turbocharged Ecotec engines for Buick Regal Turbo and Regal GS models, as well as 2.4-liter engines used in the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu sedan, base Buick Regal, GMC Terrain, and Buick Verano, among several other vehicles.
As for the 3 millionth vehicle to receive a Spring Hill-made Ecotec four-cylinder? That’d be for a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco, a car that will have a combined 182 horsepower with its electric motor system but should be able to achieve as much as 37 mpg highway.
Additionally, Spring Hill will also be one of the homes around the world for manufacture of the new 2.5-liter Ecotec engine set to debut in the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu non-hybrid sedan. It is expected to produce 190 horsepower, which trails some of its competitors, but GM says it will be further refined from the current Ecotec designs.
If there’s anything to be said about the Spring Hill plant, though, it’s that we’re glad that the once-idled plant has found new life producing GM’s most popular engines and will be in commission for what looks to be a long time to come.