VM Motori SpA is a manufacturer of diesel engines was established in 1947 in Cento, Ferrara, Italy. The company name comes from the last names of the two founders ( Vancini, Martelli ). In addition to vehicle engines VM Motori also produces industrial and marine engines.
Since 2007, the VM shares were held equally by the Penske Corporation and General Motors. The Penske shares took over in 2011, Fiat Powertrain. In October 2013 VM Motori has been completely taken over by Fiat.
Characteristic of the diesel engine range has long been the use of individual, free-standing dry cylinder liners, optionally each had their own cylinder head for each cylinder or a common cylinder head. Through this modularization great flexibility in the development of engines with different numbers of cylinders was possible in terms of a modular system.
In 1988 Land Rover sat a 2.4 -liter diesel engine from VM Motori in the Range Rover. This project started under the project name "Beaver". Also the built 1982-1985 Rover 2400 SD Turbo had a diesel engine made in Italy production.
Among the company's clients include Chrysler, Ford, LTI, General Motors, Alfa Romeo and Rover. For example, the Jeep Wrangler JK (2007 onwards) is motorized with a 2.8 -liter VM diesel.
For the new Maserati Ghibli III, which comes on the market in September 2013, VM Motori controls at the 3.0 - liter six-cylinder diesel engine with 275 hp and 600 Nm of torque.