June 24, 2004
Suzuki-GM Partnership Grows with New Global Powertrain Pact
Suzuki Motor Corporation(Suzuki) and General Motors Corporation(GM) have reached an agreement, under which Suzuki will produce variants of the new GM-designed global V-6 engine for use in future Suzuki vehicles.

As part of the agreement, Suzuki will build both 3.2-liter and 3.6-liter engine variants at its Sagara engine plant in Shizuoka, Japan. The engines will be equipped in future Suzuki cars and trucks. Production is scheduled to begin in 2006.

gThe automotive industry is experiencing severe competition around the world,h said Osamu Suzuki, Chairman and CEO of Suzuki. gBy partnering together to produce this new engine, wefre able to capitalize on the synergies and savings of our relationship with GM.h

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

gThe foundation of our relationship with Suzuki is built upon the goal of a partnership that adds value to the customers and shareholders of each company,h said Rick Wagoner, Chairman and CEO of GM. gClearly, this new agreement helps achieve that goal.h

The new global V-6 engine features all-aluminum construction, 60-degree, dual overhead cam and 4-valve-per-cylinder design. With variants ranging from 2.8-liter to 3.6-liter, the new engines incorporate the latest technology, including continuously variable valve timing. GM introduced the global V-6 engine in its 2004 model year vehicles and builds the engine family at its St. Catharines, Canada, and Holden Port Melbourne, Australia, engine plants.