GM Adds V-8 Manufacturing to Spring Hill Plant
Former Saturn Plant to Build 6.2L V-8 for Trucks, SUVs
General Motors has announced the former Saturn plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee, will add equipment to start producing 6.2L V-8s for use in the company’s truck and SUV models. Production of the engines at Spring Hill is slated to begin in spring 2016. Spring Hill joins plants in Tonawanda, New York, and St. Catharines, Ontario, that also build the 6.2L engine. The majority of fifth-generation small-block V-8s are sourced from the Tonawanda plant in upstate New York, just outside Buffalo. Spring Hill will relieve Tonawanda from the relatively low-volume 6.2L engine to focus on higher-volume production of the 5.3L V-8 and 4.3L V-6 engines. Spring Hill is also logistically closer to Arlington, Texas, as well as Mexico, where the high-trim Crew Cab pickups utilizing the 6.2L engine are made.
Investments enabling Spring Hill to build the engines will total $148 million and are expected to add as many as 200 jobs at the plant. Spring Hill Powertrain currently manufactures the Ecotec 2.0L and 2.5L I-4 engines. The adjacent Spring Hill Assembly plant built the Chevrolet Equinox through 2015 and is scheduled to build the 2017 Cadillac XT5 and GMC Acadia crossovers. Spring Hill started production in 1990 as the source for Saturn cars, the semi-autonomous division within GM envisioned to combat the onslaught of import-brand compact cars. Production of Saturn models ended at Spring Hill in 2007. The plant began making the Chevrolet Traverse fullsize crossover in 2009.
Source: General Motors