GM DMAX Plant Produces 2 Millionth Duramax V-8
Ohio Plant Continues Legacy of Power and Performance
Since its introduction for the 2001 model year, General Motors’ 6.6L Duramax turbodiesel V-8 revolutionized the over-8,600 GVWR truck segment. For the time, it set new benchmarks for refinement and performance, and it could be argued it started the modern diesel truck power race that’s still going strong today. That legacy of innovation has culminated in the most powerful Duramax V-8 to date, the 445hp, 910-lb-ft L5P. The year 2017 also marks the production of the 2 millionth 6.6L V-8 engine to come out of the Moraine, Ohio, DMAX plant, which has built every 6.6L V-8 since its inception. The plant currently employs 554 hourly workers and 114 salaried workers with a total workforce of 668.
In anticipation of the L5P, the plant received two significant investments: one in 2014 for $60 million for emissions improvements and a second in 2015 for $82 million for productivity improvements. The DMAX plant remains a joint venture between General Motors and Isuzu motors, with GM holding a 60-percent stake and Isuzu holding a 40-percent stake. The engine is a very popular option in GM’s HD pickups, with 90 percent of GMC Sierra HD Denali customers opting for the engine. In addition to the GM HD trucks, the Duramax is used in military and marine applications in partnership with Gale Banks Engineering in Azusa, California. It is also expected to be offered in the forthcoming Class 4 and 5 commercial trucks that GM is developing in conjunction with Navistar.
Source: General Motors