Great Wall, the Chinese domestic producer of SUVs and cars, recently announced the start of production at a new passenger-car engine facility in Baoding, Hebei province.
The first two gasoline engines to enter production are all-new 1.3-L and 1.5-L aluminum designs, the GW4G13 and GW4G15, both of which use variable-valve-timing technology. They meet Euro 4 emissions standards and have the capability to meet Euro 5 when the market demands, according to the company.
Initial production will be 100,000 units per annum, with the full 300,000-unit capacity planned to be reached sometime in 2009, by which time the product range will have expanded to include three other gasoline units (from 1.5-L down to a 0.8-L three-cylinder unit) and a four-cylinder diesel engine. The engines will be used to equip the firm’s three new passenger vehicles, starting with the small Peri hatchback. Engines for the Focus-sized Florid hatch and five-seater box-wagon Coolbear will follow, with production beginning in August and at the end of the year, respectively.
The GW4G13 engine produces 66 kW (88 hp) and 123 N·m (90 lb·ft) and uses a plastic intake manifold. The GW4G15 engine produces 80 kW (107 hp) and 145 N·m (107 lb·ft); it will first be installed in the Florid. The engine will later also be produced in turbocharged form, capable of 112 kW (150 hp) and 210 N·m (155 lb·ft), for use in future unspecified models.
Great Wall has invested more than 700 million yuan (US$100 million) in the new facility, which covers an area of about 30,000 m² (323,000 ft²) and is full of state-of-the-art equipment from industry names such as Heller, Junkers, and Boehringer. Five lines have been installed to produce cylinder heads, cylinder blocks and crankshafts, as well as final assembly and hot testing.