Most automakers are phasing out their diesel engines following Volkswagen’s 2015 diesel emissions scandal. However, General Motors has continued to rollout more diesel engines and is showing no signs of giving up on them anytime soon.
In fact, just since the Volkswagen debacle GM has rolled out a new diesel engine for its Chevrolet Cruze, Equinox and GMC Terrain models. There’s also an optional diesel engine in the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. Most recently the company has announced a new inline-six diesel for its half-ton pickups.
Most of these new diesel engines have been at least partially developed at the company’s diesel development center in Torino, Italy. While GM sold nearly all of its European assets last year to French automaker PSA Group, the company interestingly retained the Torino engineering center.
According to an Automotive News Europe report, the new 3.0-liter Duramax inline-six is the first diesel engine built on GM’s new diesel engine architecture, which follows a similar strategy to the company’s gas engines. The new architecture suggests GM may start producing its own diesels in-house. Currently it is procuring its four-cylinder 1.6-liter diesel from PSA Group.
GM Powertrain Torino boss, Pierpaolo Antonioli has also confirmed GM plans to rollout a new range of diesel engines. The range will reportedly include three and four cylinder units. At this time little is known about the new engines, but they are expected to start showing up next year.
GM’s Torino facility currently employs about 750 people and was, ironically, born out of the former GM-Fiat alliance.