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Charger V6 put on hold

by David Zatz on

Due to parts shortages, Charger SXT and SXT Plus ordering has reportedly been put on hold. Chrysler is blaming the issue on “the disaster in Japan,” but there are indications the real issue is a lack of rods and cams for Pentastar V6 engines, which is reportedly also shutting down minivan production for a week. While there are currently two V6 engine plants, three were originally planned; in this case the issue is a supplier, and Chrysler has already dispatched teams and, reportedly, equipment to help boost parts production and restart engine production. In the meantime, Chrysler can build up a supply of parts it makes internally for the 3.6 and for the upcoming direct-injection 3.2, which will enter testing this summer.

The Chrysler 300 is apparently unaffected, and other vehicles that use the new V6 (Grand Cherokee, Durango, Avenger, 200) have not been stopped. The only vehicles Chrysler makes which are entirely dependent on V6 engines are minivans. (Thanks, Moose Eater.)

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