CELEBRATES ONE-MILLIONTH DURAMAX DIESEL
Ohio – General
Motors Corp. (GM) announced today the production of its one-millionth
Duramax V-8 turbo-diesel engine at the DMAX plant in Moraine.
DMAX Ltd., a joint venture between GM and Isuzu Motors Limited, was
established as a diesel engine company in 1998. GM first introduced the
Duramax diesel in the U.S. in the 2001 model year and since then,
customer enthusiasm for this heavy duty diesel has been outstanding. In
fact, GM’s heavy duty diesel pickup market share has jumped nearly
tenfold in the six years that Duramax engines have been offered.
“Our Duramax diesel is one of the best in the industry,” said John
Buttermore, vice president, GM Powertrain Global Manufacturing. “It’s
the strongest and quietest diesel on the market, and we continue to sell
every single Duramax we can build.”
"This is a
significant achievement," said Maho Mitsuya, Chief Executive Officer of
DMAX, Ltd. "It highlights the productivity of our employees and the
joint partnership between Isuzu, GM, and the IUE-CWA. It also
demonstrates our commitment to building quality in every engine -
whether it's our first or our one-millionth."
The Duramax 6.6L V-8 is a four-valve high pressure common rail direct
injection diesel equipped with a diesel particulate filter to meet the
stringent 2007 emissions requirements. Available in GM’s Chevrolet
Silverado and GMC Sierra heavy-duty trucks, the engine delivers a
segment-leading 365 horsepower (272 kW) and 660 lb.-ft. of torque (895
Nm). It is also offered with increased power and torque for the Chevy
Kodiak and GMC TopKick medium duty applications. Versions are available
with 300 horsepower and 520 lb.-ft. of torque, as well as a new
330-horsepower option with 620 lb.-ft. of torque. The Duramax is also
available in GM’s full-size vans, Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana.
Buttermore said GM’s market share of heavy-duty diesel pickup trucks in
North America has grown from 3 percent in 2001 to nearly 30 percent with
the introduction of the Duramax diesel.
“The Duramax has become a great success story, and is a world-class
engine with superior quality, industry-leading horsepower and
competitive fuel economy,” said Buttermore.
GM established the DMAX joint venture with Isuzu Motors Limited (Isuzu
40 percent, GM 60 percent) in 1998. The 584,000-square foot DMAX plant
employs 1,225 hourly and salaried employees with annual production
currently at 200,000 engines.