Story reveals new engine info

Larry Vellequette’s article on GEMA in the Toledo Blade revealed numerous facts about the company’s current and future engines. GEMA makes the 2.0 and 2.4 liter World Gas Engine, and has started on the Fiat 1.4 liter “FIRE” engine. They currently make 1,800 of the World Engines per day and 400 of the Fiat engines, though plans are to raise production of the latter to 600 per day. The engine is earmarked for upcoming vehicles, in addition to the Fiat 500.

Chrysler 2.4 liter world engine block

Revealed for the first time is official notice that the “Tiger Shark” engine, to boost output by (possibly) 20% while increasing gas mileage by up to 25%, will be put into production this summer. Chrysler did not confirm any details, but plant manager Kevin Sell said, “We’re retooling on the fly, which is a challenge.”

Some expect the Tiger Shark version to be made in addition to the current 2.0/2.4 as a higher-cost, premium engine. It is expected to have MultiAir and other technologies, with completely reworked heads, fuel systems, and tuning.

Plant workers must have an associate’s degree or journeyman’s card from a recognized trade. There are no transfer privileges into or out of the factory, to or from other plants. The plant includes an automated parts presentation system for higher flexibility and as a poka-yoke. Problem detection and troubleshooting can be done by line workers.

Both quality and scrap reduction have improved considerably since Cerberus and Daimler have departed.

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Which Rams and Jeeps will we see?

The last few days have brought numerous photos to the fore; but which will we see?

The big truck-based Wagoneer, so far as it’s based on the photos above, seems least likely, at least in that form. Looking at it after the two images were set to the same scale, you can see that the “new Jeep” is likely a design study for the Grand Cherokee — either the next or current generation.

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The Renegade-influenced Wrangler

Reddit member “arcsreddit” recently shared this photo of a Renegade-fronted Jeep Wrangler was photographed, in part-size clay-model form (which looks incredibly real).  While it’s hard to criticize on its appearance, it could send the wrong message — that the Wrangler has been “Renegaded” and lost capability.

Sources have told us that the next Wrangler will be as capable as the current one, if not more so;

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Could we see a Chrysler SUV?

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With the Warren plant soon to be emptied of mainstream Ram production, FCA will be able to create derivatives of the popular pickups without fear of disrupting production. The question is, will they do it? If so, what will we see?

There has already been some speculation about whether the Jeep Grand Wagoneer would be based on the Grand Cherokee, as statements from Mike Manley would lead us to believe,

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FCA’s “22 minute” diesel defense

Harald Wester

After Volkswagen and Audi were found to have been deliberately violating emissions laws worldwide for over a decade, both Volkswagen and Germany started a hunt to validate their claim that “everyone does it.”

One result of this is a movement to have more practical tests that are harder to trick. Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche had set up their diesel engines with “test sniffing” software. Another result was the discovery that other automakers worked within the EU law by implementing rather severe “engine protection” software (which may be one reason Fiat never brought its popular small MultiJets to the US).

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Spy shot: is this the 2019 Ram?

Spy photographer Glenn Paulina wrote:

We may have just gotten a look at the face of the 2019 Ram 1500 pickup, thanks to new camera phone images snapped at a dealer meeting.

The Ram images were on a print-out posted on the wall, entitled “Ram Brand Lit Signatures.”  … it seems logical to assume that this Ram presentation also shows a truck that currently resides in the future product pipeline.

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