GM Celebrates production of one-millionth Duramax V-8 turbo-diesel engine
General Motors Corp. one of the world’s largest automaker announced today the production of its one-millionth Duramax V-8 turbo-diesel engine at the DMAX plant in Moraine. 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.
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.