General Motors has launched its locally-developed engine, Smartech in India which will be utilised for the market here. The 1.2 litre petrol engine that was developed at the company’s Bangalore technical centre will be manufactured at the company’s plant at Talegaon in Maharashtra.
The engine features aluminium cylinder heads, lightweight pistons which decrease weight and enhance fuel emissions and lightweight counterbalanced crankshaft which lowers the NVH levels. Initially, the engine will be used for the new models that General Motors would offer in the Indian market.
“India is a key market for General Motors. We are focused on leveraging our unmatched global resources as well as our growing local capabilities to develop segment leading vehicles and power trains in India for India”, General Motors International Operations President Tim Lee said. Additionally, GM also revealed its plan to launch 6 new vehicles this year with the new powertrains.
The Talegaon plant of General Motors has a capacity to produce 1.6 lakh power trains and the second phase will have a capacity of 1.4 lakh power trains that will take the total capacity to three lakh.