MORAINE, OHIO – General Motors announced today the production of its 1,500,000th Duramax 6.6L diesel engine at its DMAX Ltd. Joint venture with Isuzu Motors Ltd.

DMAX Ltd, a joint venture between GM and Isuzu Motors Ltd., was established in 1998. GM introduced the Duramax diesel in the United States in its 2001 model year.

Available in GM's Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD pickups, the engine delivers a segment-leading 397 horsepower at 3,000 rpm and 765 lb.-ft. of torque at 1,600 rpm. The Duramax is also available in GM's full-size Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans.

The award-winning Duramax 6.6-liter V-8 is a four-valve high pressure common rail direct injection diesel currently equipped with a diesel particulate filter to meet current stringent emissions requirements.

The milestone demonstrates the productivity of the employees and the joint partnership between GM, Isuzu and the IUE-CWA, said DMAX Chief Executive Officer Maho Mitsuya.

The 584,000 square foot DMAX facility employs 517 employees.