General Motors has announced that is will soon start the development of new, small capacity petrol engine and dual clutch transmissions with their Chinese partners SAIC. An agreement signed between GM Vice Chairman of Global Product Operations Tom Stephens and SAIC President Chen Hong, will commence this development at GM engineering facility in Detroit and at the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) in Shanghai.
The new engines will range from 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre capacities and will incorporate a lightweight construction along with direct injection and a turbocharger to boost performance, thus contributing towards better fuel efficiency and overall performance. These engines will power the global market vehicles developed under the GM brand lineage. The most common examples that could benefit from these new engine could be the Chevrolet Beat / Spark, Aveo U-VA / sedan etc. which are GM / Chevrolet’s entry level cars in developing markets.
Also under development alongside these engines will be a front wheel drive transmission which will feature a dry, dual clutch technology. GM claims that this new transmission alone will provide an at least 10% gain in fuel efficiency. It is expected to provide shift comfort equal to a conventional fully automatic transmission, with superior quality, while reducing CO2 emissions. The new engines mated to these transmissions should better fuel efficiency and performance by over 20% as a package, as compared to the current crop of entry level powertrains sold in developing countries.
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GM and SAIC Motor Announce Powertrain Co-Development
*Partnership is first joint powertrain development between GM and SAIC
*Small-displacement engine targets heart of global market
*New transmission features dual-clutch design
SHANGHAI, China – General Motors Co. and SAIC Motor Corp. Ltd. (SAIC Motor) are expanding their partnership to develop a new small-displacement gasoline engine family and an advanced transmission. The agreement, which was signed today in Shanghai by GM Vice Chairman of Global Product Operations Tom Stephens and SAIC President Chen Hong, represents a significant milestone that expands GM and SAIC’s relationship into powertrain development. It’s another key step in providing propulsion solutions to build the world’s best vehicles.
“The co-development of these new engines and transmissions builds on a strong history of innovation and collaboration between GM and SAIC Motor,” Stephens said. “Together, we will continue to quickly provide our customers leading-edge technologies that improve vehicle fuel efficiency and deliver robust performance.”
The new small gasoline engine, which will be offered in displacements from 1.0 liters to 1.5 liters, hits right at the heart of the global vehicle market. Its compact, lightweight design combines direct injection and turbocharging, providing customers unparalleled fuel efficiency and performance. The engine will be used by GM and SAIC Motor in China and future vehicles worldwide, providing further fuel efficiency advances beyond traditional technologies.
Engineering and development of the new engine will be carried out jointly by GM and SAIC engineers in Detroit and at the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC), the automakers’ engineering and design joint venture in Shanghai.
The new front-wheel-drive transmission will incorporate the latest innovations for improving fuel economy and performance. The transmission alone will provide upward of 10 percent improvement in fuel economy over today’s conventional six-speed automatic transmissions. The co-developed transmission will feature dry, dual-clutch technology. It will provide shift comfort equal to a conventional fully automatic transmission, with superior quality, while reducing CO2 emissions.
When combined, these technologies can provide up to 20 percent improvement in fuel consumption, compared to engines and automatic transmissions in production in China today.
“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.”
About General Motors: General Motors, one of the world’s largest automakers, traces its roots back to 1908. With its global headquarters in Detroit, GM employs 208,000 people in every major region of the world and does business in some 157 countries. GM and its strategic partners produce cars and trucks in 31 countries, and sell and service these vehicles through the following brands: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Daewoo, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling. GM’s largest national market is China, followed by the United States, Brazil, Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Italy. GM’s OnStar subsidiary is the industry leader in vehicle safety, security and information services. General Motors acquired operations from General Motors Corp. on July 10, 2009, and references to prior periods in this and other press materials refer to operations of the old General Motors Corp. More information on the new General Motors can be found at www.gm.com.
About SAIC Motor: SAIC Motor Corp. Ltd. (securities code 600104 SH, “SAIC Motor” for short) is the largest listed vehicle company in the Chinese A-share stock market. In 2009, SAIC Motor sold more than 2.72 million vehicles, continuing its leading position among major automotive groups in China. The main businesses of the corporation include R&D, production and sales of vehicles (including passenger and commercial vehicles) and components (including powertrains, chassis, electronics and electric parts) that are closely related with vehicle development, as well as the automotive finance business.