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.
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.
Rumors from Windsor suggested first that the current “RT” minivan body would continue for some years alongside the new “RU,” and then that it would be dropped as soon as the new designs came out — in Chrysler form only. Sergio Marchionne has thrown some fuel onto the speculative fire, commenting today in Detroit that: Where is Reid [Bigland]? If it [...]
With Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcats just starting to reach owners, it was only a matter of time before we started seeing them hit the track in attempts to see what they can do in the hands of the public. Edinburg Raceway, in Texas, is working with a local Dodge dealer (Burns) and two Dodge Challenger Hellcat owners to try to [...]
Today, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne implied that the odds were against the Toledo plant keeping Jeep Wrangler production, despite a recent land purchase and the city’s long history with Jeep in general and CJ and Wrangler in particular. He did say that, if Wrangler was to find a new home, new product would be moved to the plant: … if the economic [...]
The Ram 1500 faced down the aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 and new Chevrolet Silverado in Motor Trend’s half-ton truck shootout. The three contenders were put through a broad array of testing, including a 260-mile drive through California and Arizona. Measurements included: Testing without load: 0-60 mph and 1/4-mile acceleration, 60-0 mph braking, and maximum lateral grip (Ram was Limits-handling without load: closed-course cornering, braking, [...]
While it’s not on the official charts, we still expect a new Chrysler Town & Country to appear in calendar-year 2015, though it may not hit dealers until 2016. The Windsor plant is already being expanded and pilots are expected to start rolling off the line midyear. Chrysler’s five year plan shows a few launches for 2015: Refreshed Jeep Grand Cherokee (we [...]