We knew that the new GM
global small car platform was important to the embattled carmaker, but now we know just how valuable GM thinks it is. The new Gamma
is apparently worth quite a bit to the future of GM -- $3.2 billion to be exact. That's how much GM has pledged to invest in GM Daewoo Auto & Technology Co. over the next two years. The money will primarily go towards "product and powertrain," according to GM CFO Fritz Henderson. He made the announcement at a press conference last week in Seoul. Not only does it show the importance of the Gamma platform, but it also shows the increased importance of GM's Korean development operations.
Besides the Gamma, GM Daewoo will also take on new R&D responsibilities, with a new center planned for the next two to three years. Diesel engines and a new six-speed transmission are also coming from this Korean facility. The Gamma cars, themselves, should start production in late 2009, with a range of gas and diesel
engines displacing 1.2 to 1.8 liters. The vast majority of these products should be sold outside of Korea.
[Source: Automotive News, sub req]