GM will produce a new generation of six and eight cylinder engines at its plant in Ramos Arizpe, Coahuila. According to plant manager, Hector de Hoyos Muñoz, the facility will turn out 380,000 units for use in both the domestic and export markets.
This boost in production will necessitate the hiring of 400 assembly line workers. This additional labor will be contracted at the end of the present calendar year, as well as during the first quarter of 2013. GM’s plan is to have the first motors leave the Mexico assembly line in the month of April.
As regards expansion related to other auto parts to be produced, the company is in the process of building an additional plant to produce more powertrains at the Ramos Arizpe, Mexico complex. It is expected that the structure will be completed toward the end of October or the beginning of November. The company objective is to be able to be able to produce the first prototypes by the second week in December. They will then undergo testing, while normal production is slated to take place in April.
Of the 380,000 new generation six and eight cylinder motors that will be produced, the ratio of export to domestic consumption will be 90% to 10%. Eighty-thousand of the motors will be used in the Cadillac SRX model that is sold in the United States, Europe, Japan, Russia, and China. The vehicles were be build beginning at the end of 2012, and throughout the 2013 calendar year.