Powertrain pact

The Suzuki Motor Corporation is to produce variants of General Motors’ global V-6 engine for use in future Suzuki cars and trucks.

The two companies announced the agreement following a meeting of Rick Wagoner, GM chairman and CEO, and Osamu Suzuki, Suzuki chairman and CEO.

As part of the agreement, Suzuki will build both 3.2-litre and 3.6-litre engine variants at its Sagara engine plant in Shizuoka, Japan. Suzuki engineers will tailor the engines to meet the packaging requirements and brand characteristics of Suzuki vehicles. Production is scheduled to begin in 2006.

The GM-Suzuki’s partnership began in 1981, and has resulted in several global agreements in product development, manufacturing and distribution.

The new global V-6 engine features all-aluminium construction, 60-degree, dual overhead cam and 4-valve-per-cylinder design. GM first introduced it in its 2004 model year vehicles and builds the engine family at its St. Catharines, Canada, and Holden Port Melbourne, Australia, engine plants.

Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

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