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The V8 announcement was paired with news of more investment into EV production.
The V8 announcement was paired with news of more investment into EV production.

General Motors has announced it will invest US$918 million into its production facilities in the US, with the majority of that figure targeted at preparing for production of the company’s sixth-generation small-block V8.

While the new V8 might sound promising for fans of muscle and performance cars, and more than a few Holden fans, GM hints that the investment will mostly “enable the company to strengthen its industry-leading full-size truck and SUV business”.

This means Australia is unlikely to be heavily affected by the announcement, short of the engine being available in a new model or new-generation Chevrolet Silverado truck here.

The current Silverado is powered by a 6.2-litre petrol V8 pumping out 313kW and 624Nm.

Before its demise, Holden used American-built V8s in its home-grown Commodore.

Around $854 million of the $918m investment will be used for four facilities readying to produce the next generation of GM’s V8, while the remaining investment goes towards GM’s plants in Rochester, New York and Defiance, Ohio, to upscale “castings and components” to improve EV production.

In all, the investment translates to AUD$1,315,590,000.

General Motors has announced it will invest US8 million into its production facilities in the US, with the majority of that figure targeted at preparing for production of the company’s sixth-generation small-block V8.
General Motors has announced it will invest US8 million into its production facilities in the US, with the majority of that figure targeted at preparing for production of the company’s sixth-generation small-block V8.

While the New York and Ohio plants will receive a total US$123 million between them, two plants in GM’s home state of Michigan will receive much more.

In Bay City, less than two hours from GM HQ, $216 million will go towards producing camshafts, connecting rods, and block and head machining to support the main engine production facility back towards Detroit in Flint, where $579 million will go towards the assembly of the new V8s.

In terms of the EV development side of the announcement, the Rochester, N.Y plant will spearhead the new production of battery pack cooling lines, while the Defiance, Ohio plant will “build a casting development cell for castings to support future EV strategies”.

Chris Thompson
Journalist
Racing video games, car-spotting on road trips, and helping wash the family VL Calais Turbo as a kid were all early indicators that an interest in cars would stay present in Chris’ life, but loading up his 1990 VW Golf GTI Mk2 and moving from hometown Brisbane to work in automotive publishing in Melbourne ensured cars would be a constant. With a few years as MOTOR Magazine’s first digital journalist under his belt, followed by a stint as a staff journalist for Wheels Magazine, Chris’ career already speaks to a passion for anything with four wheels, especially the 1989 Mazda MX-5 he currently owns. From spending entire weeks dissecting the dynamic abilities of sports cars to weighing up the practical options for car buyers from all walks of life, Chris’ love for writing and talking about cars means if you’ve got a motoring question, he can give you an answer.
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