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Wednesday, August 8th, GM announced it will begin production of its fuel-efficient 2.5-liter four-cylinder Ecotec engine.

The next-generation, fuel-efficient engine is manufactured at the new assembly line at Spring Hill facility, which undergoes a two year expansion worth $460 million and which will result in about 500 new jobs.

“This plant is much more than just a key part of GM’s global manufacturing organization. It’s also a big part of the local community,” said GM Manufacturing Manager Arvin Jones.

The former Saturn plant will see another new-product start-up this year, the Chevrolet Equinox midsize crossover utility vehicle which will be produced beginning this fall. The vehicle will be manufactured in the vehicle-assembly area that has been closed since production of the Chevy Traverse large crossover was moved to Michigan in November 2009.

The Equinox production will add 700 new plants and the future two new midsize vehicles which will be produced at this plant and GM refused to disclose, will add extra 1,200 employees.

On Wednesday the auto maker held a ceremony to celebrate the beginning of the new engine assembly line. The engines produced here are the keys components for the redesigned 2013 Chevrolet Malibu sedan and will be used in other GM’s vehicles.