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General Motors has announced that it will invest $109 million to boost production of its 1.4-liter four-cylinder Ecotec engine. GM says this spending will add (or keep) 96 jobs at its manufacturing facilities in Flint, MI and Bay City, MI. Of the $109 million, $84 million will be used to increase engine production capacity in Flint. Bay City's investment of $25 million will go towards boosting output of connecting rods and camshafts used in the 1.4-liter mill.

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General Motors is investing $163.2 million three plants as it prepares to ramp up engine production for the Chevrolet Volt, Cruze and a new small Chevrolet. The company's Flint Engine Operations will take home the lion's share of the money, with $138.3 million going to help boost production of the Ecotec turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine used in each of the company's fuel-thrifty cars. Meanwhile, The General's Bay City Components plant will receive $12.7 million and Defiance Castings i

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General Motors is investing $163.2 million three plants as it prepares to ramp up engine production for the Chevrolet Volt, Cruze and a new small Chevrolet. The company's Flint Engine Operations will take home the lion's share of the money, with $138.3 million going to help boost production of the Ecotec turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine used in each of the company's fuel-thrifty cars. Meanwhile, The General's Bay City Components plant will receive $12.7 million and Defiance Castings i

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General Motors has announced that it will invest a total of $483 million in its Spring Hill, Tennessee powertrain facility by 2012. The news comes as GM continues to move toward building more fuel-efficient engines. The automaker says that the next-generation Ecotec four-cylinder engine, complete with direct-injection, will be built in the Spring Hill plant. Those funds will also go toward bringing back a total of 483 workers that have been idle since last year.

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In the automotive realm, marketing can sometimes prove just as important as the actual product. Take, for instance, Ford's well-regarded EcoBoost technology, which couples turbocharging with direct injection to produce more horsepower and reduce fuel consumption. Would it surprise you to hear that General Motors has had similar technology on the market for over three years?

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In the automotive realm, marketing can sometimes prove just as important as the actual product. Take, for instance, Ford's well regarded EcoBoost technology, which couples turbocharging with direct injection to produce more horsepower and reduce fuel consumption. Would it surprise you to hear that General Motors has had similar technology on the market for over three years?

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Building cars is expensive, and many of the priciest bits of technology driving research and development costs are wrapped up in the powertrain. Therefore it's not particularly surprising to hear that General Motors has just announced a $494 million investment to build the next generation of Ecotec engines.

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Building cars is expensive, and many of the single priciest bits of technology driving research and development costs are wrapped up in the automobile's powertrain. Therefore, it's not particularly surprising to hear that General Motors has just announced a $494 million investment to build the next generation of Ecotec engines. Says Denise Johnson, vice president of labor relations at General Motors:

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