GM-Isuzu joint-venture tops 1.5 million Duramax diesels

Trevor Hofmann - CAP staff
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General Motors doesn't advertise that its Duramax diesel is built cooperatively at a joint-venture plant it shares with Japanese automaker Isuzu Motors Ltd., but anyone in the know wouldn't fault the domestic manufacturer for partnering with one of the best names in heavy-duty trucks.

The DMAX plant, which employs 517 workers in a 584,000 square-foot facility, is now celebrating the manufacturing milestone of more than 1.5 million Duramax 6.6-litre diesel engines built since opening in 1998.

"Our Duramax diesel is one of the best in the industry," said Betty Wessel, DMAX Chief Financial Officer. "Duramax has become a great success story and is a world-class engine with superior quality, industry-leading horsepower and competitive fuel economy."  

The Duramax diesel, a four-valve high-pressure common rail direct injection turbo-diesel V8 that currently makes 397 horsepower and 765 pound-feet of torque, has been offered in Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD pickup trucks since 2001, and is also made available in full-size Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans.

A press release pays tribute to the plants workers by praising the productivity of its employees and the joint partnership between the two companies and the IUE-CWA.

"This is a significant achievement for our facility and our employees here at DMAX," said DMAX Chief Executive Officer Maho Mitsuya. "We're committed to building quality into every engine – whether it's our first or our 1,500,000th."

General Motors is a 60-percent shareholder in the Moraine, Ohio-based joint venture facility, with no other JV partners than Isuzu involved.
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Topics: Cargo Van, Pickup, Chevrolet, GM, GMC, Isuzu, Production, Diesel, General Motors,

Organizations: Isuzu, General Motors

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