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Suzuki to Build GM V-6s for its Vehicles

Suzuki struck a deal with General Motors that will allow the Japanese motorcycle/auto maker to build GM's V-6 engines in Japan for its own vehicles.

GM owns 25 percent of Suzuki, and the two companies have had numerous vehicle and engine sharing projects. Financial terms of the agreement, announced late Wednesday night, were not disclosed. GM introduced the global V-6 engine last year.

Suzuki will build 3.2-liter and 3.6-liter engine variants at its Sagara engine plant in Shizuoka, Japan. Production is scheduled to begin in 2006. Suzuki is counting on the engines to help it expand the appeal of its mid-size cars and SUVs. Suzuki presently markets the Vitara and XL-7 SUVs, which are powered by a 2.7-liter six-cylinder engine, considered small in the market. And its sedans all have four-cylinder engines.

Source: TCC Daily Edition: 6/25/04
 

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that's gonna sound good in the cadillac commercial "The CTS features the same engine as the Suzuki Vitara!" LMAO...I wonder sometimes
 

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What's wrong with engine sharing between affiliates?

GM isn't selling cars in Japan anyway. Might as well let Suzuki sell its cars in Japan and GM makes money off its engines.

R&D for the HFV6 are already spent. Might as well get some return for the investment.

It's not going to hurt marketing the HFV6 that it's sold in Suzukis in Japan. Aside from a few GM nuts, nobody else will know or care.

Plus, it's a great way to showcase top GM technology to the Japanese.
 

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Okay....is Paul Eisenstein losing it? The Car Connection actually said "its sedans all have four-cylinder engines?" The largest Suzuki sedan that Suzuki builds is the rather tiny Aerio, which is powered by a 2.3L 155hp engine; they are NOT putting ANY V6 in there.

Suzuki doesn't make the Verona, which is sold by the company and has a six.
 

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The article said Suzuki makes some SUVs which have small underpowered engines, even for Japan. Maybe they want the HFv6 for those.

Remember, the HFv6 is modular and designed to have different displacements, so Suzuki can tweak the HFv6 to its needs.

In any case, this is still a win for GM.

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I hate to say it but Suzuki will do a better job of it. Suzuki builds an excellent 4 stroke V6 engine for outboard use. None of the intake gasket\head gasket leaks that have been plagueing GM's V6's
None of the piston slap that has also been plagueing them. Not all GM's V6's but Suzuki has had no troubles with thier outboards.
 

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Originally posted by doh@Jun 26 2004, 08:20 AM
Suzuki builds an excellent 4 stroke V6 engine for outboard use.
What I find weird is exactly what you said. Suzuki does make excellent outboard motors for their boats. One of them, the DF250, is based on the 2.7L DOHC 24V V6 found in the XL7 - yet this engine is a 3.6L DOHC 24V V6 producing 250HP.

Take for example, the Acura MDX. It uses a 3.5L SOHC 24V V6 with VTEC producing 265HP. In marine form, this engine makes 225HP (BF225). So...this Suzuki marine engine with 250HP could probably make 270HP in automobile form if they extensively tweaked it. Then again, Suzuki doesn't have as many resources as Honda Motor Co... <_<
 
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