The General Motors-Isuzu Motors diesel engine plant in Ohio will build 6.6-liter diesel V8s for medium duty trucks.
'There is a market for this class of engine right now, so that's the market we want to be in,' says Arv Mueller, group executive of the GM Powertrain Group. 'If a market emerges here in the USA for (light-duty diesel) engines, we'll be ready.'
The joint venture is called DMAX Ltd. The 650,000-square-foot plant will cost $300 million and will have an initial annual capacity of 100,000 engines. It will employ about 700. Isuzu will own 60 percent of the venture. GM will operate the plant and will own 40 percent. Production will begin in the third quarter of 2000.