It’s been a big week at the Ohio plant that builds General Motors’ Duramax 6.6L V-8 turbo-diesel. It’s where the 2 millionth Duramax engine rolled off the assembly line earlier this week.
It’s a milestone in the making since July 17, 2000, when the DMX plant produced its first Duramax engine. The engine is available under the hood of heavy-duty Chevrolet and GMC Sierra pickups.
There isn’t a ton of time to celebrate the milestone, however, because plant workers are busy building the redesigned Duramax 6.6L V-8 turbo-diesel. The next-generation redesign offers more horsepower and torque. It’s up to 445-horses and 910 pound-feet, a 19 percent increase in max torque over the current Duramax. It’s quieter, too. Engine idle noise is cut by around 38 percent.
Plus, the new engine can run on B20 biodiesel, a fuel composed of 20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent conventional diesel. All that adds up to fewer carbon dioxide emissions.
The DMX plant is a joint venture, 60 percent owned by GM, 40 percent owned by Isuzu Diesel Services of America.
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