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Chrysler addressing V6 production

by David Zatz on

With a Mexican supplier’s inability to produce as many parts as promised shutting down Trenton Engine for a week, possibly resulting in a shutdown at Windsor and ordering restrictions on V6 Chargers, Chrysler has rushed underused equipment southwards. The goal is to boost production by lending or selling production materials to the supplier. Chrysler may soon be able to devote more equipment to Pentastar production, adapting crank or cam tools from the soon-to-be-ending 3.8 line to the Pentastar.

The issues do raise questions about the company’s ability to supply enough Pentastars for the Wrangler, with existing facilities and suppliers, not to mention the upcoming switchover for the Ram from 3.7 to Pentastar 3.6 engines. While customers are generally happy with Hemis, gas mileage may become more of an issue over the coming months, and the Pentastar V6 would likely increase gas mileage considerably for many pickup buyers, especially next year when the 3.2 direct-injected version is available.

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