General Motors Develops New Small Car Engine

By Automotive Staff | July 05, 2007
General Motors, along with its South Korean subsidiary, GM Daewoo, has partnered with the Chinese company Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center to develop an engine that may replace GM's 1.6-liter engine worldwide. Currently, GM's smallest engine sold in the U.S. is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder which appears in the Chevrolet Aveo. According to AutoWeek, the new engine is a borrowed design from Suzuki. Two versions will be made -- a 1.4-liter and a 1.6-liter. It is said that the new engine would be good for the American market because as consumers flock to smaller vehicles. So far, though, both GM and Daewoo have been mum if the engine will be coming to the U.S. Our take? It won't be coming to the U.S. While such engines are in demand across the world, Americans -- who desire both power and fuel efficiency -- will balk if the former is compromised no matter what the fuel savings.