Suzuki to Produce Variants of New GM Global V-6 for Future Cars & Trucks
General Motors Corp. and Suzuki Motor Corp. recently reached an agreement allowing Suzuki to produce variants of the new GM-designed global V-6 engine for use in future Suzuki cars and trucks.The two companies announced the agreement following a meeting between Rick Wagoner, GM chairman and CEO, and Osamu Suzuki, Suzuki chairman and CEO. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.As part of the agreement, Suzuki will build both 3.2L and 3.6L engine variants at its Sagara engine plant in Shizuoka, Japan. Suzuki engineers will tailor the engines to meet the company’s packaging requirements and brand characteristics. Production is scheduled to begin in 2006.The new global V-6 engine features all-aluminum construction, 60-degree, dual overhead cam, and 4-valve-per-cylinder design. With variants ranging from 2.8L to 3.6L, the new engines incorporate the latest technology, including continuously variable valve timing. GM introduced the global V-6 engine in its 2004 model year vehicles and builds the engine family at its St. Catharines, Canada, and Holden Port Melbourne, Australia, engine plants.