SHANGHAI – General Motors and its Chinese partner SAIC Motor signed an agreement on August 18 to jointly develop a new small-displacement gasoline engine family and an transmission.
The engines, which will be offered in displacements from 1.0 liter to 1.5 liters, will feature direct injection and turbocharging technology.
According to the agreement, the engines and transmission will be developed in Detroit and also at the joint venture Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) in Shanghai. After development, the powertrains will be used by both GM and SAIC Motor in China and in future vehicles worldwide, providing further fuel efficiency advances beyond traditional technologies.
“These development agreements open an exciting new chapter in the partnership between SAIC and GM,” said Hu Maoyuan, chairman of SAIC Motor. “Not only will they add critical green technologies to our next-generation vehicles, they will also build on the strong engineering capabilities forged as a part of GM and SAIC’s corporate responsibility.”