While it continues to invest billions of dollars in new manufacturing facilities for provide batteries for future currentGeneral Motors remains committed to its V-8 products and even announced the development of a new sixth-generation small-block V-8 engine.
The automaker on Friday announced that it will invest $854 million in four U.S. manufacturing facilities to prepare it to build parts for the new mini-block.
Much of the investment will go to Flint Engine Operations in Michigan, which will assemble the V-8 engine and key components such as the block and crank, as well as handle the machining of the head.
Other facilities that will make engine parts include Bay City GPS in Michigan, Defiance Operations in Ohio and Rochester Operations in New York.
GM said some plants will also receive additional investments to prepare for production of electric vehicle parts.
GM said the announcement of the new V-8 engine strengthens its truck and large SUV business, indicating that the engine is primarily designed for these vehicles.
GM’s current fifth-generation small displacement family was launched in 2013 and includes engines such as the 6.2-liter V-8 LT2 that debuted in 2013. C8 Chevrolet Corvette Stingrayas well as the 6.2-liter turbocharged V-8 that powers the LT5 Corvette C7 ZR1.
No details about the sixth-generation small block were mentioned in Friday’s production announcement, although it is rumored that it will include some form of fuel-saving cylinder-off technology.
GM says it remains committed to an all-electric future and has previously announced the year 2035 as the target date for that switch, at least for its lightweight lineup. Other major automakers have taken a more aggressive stance, with Audi planning to launch the last internal combustion vehicle in 2026. Mercedes-Benz also said want to use electricity only around 2030.