General Motors Corp. says the launch of its all-aluminum Vortec 4200 inline 6-cyl. engine, used in the automaker’s GMT360 sport/utility vehicles (SUVs), is meeting production and quality targets at its Flint, MI, Engine South factory. Flint Engine South Plant Manager John Crabtree says 90%-95% of the powerplants are passing first-time inspections. "We probably started out much lower," admits Mr. Crabtree, noting there are special challenges to building an all-new engine at an all-new ...

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