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VM: 30,000 – 40,000 engines for Chrysler?

by David Zatz on

Il Mattino reported that Sergio Marchionne has asked VM Motori  to increase output by 200-250 engines per day. Il Mattino wrote that the engines are designed for the United States, presumably for Chrysler’s use, though they might be shared by Chrysler and Alfa Romeo, which is to start U.S. car production next year.

VM Motori diesel engine

The increase in output is to start by the end of 2012, presumably for cars built during 2013, for either the 2013 or 2014 model year. The increase amounts to around 40,000 – 50,000 engines per year, making it likely that more than one model would be diesel-powered. It is likely that the Jeep Grand Cherokee will be one of the recipients, and it’s also possible that the increase will be split between one domestic product and several cars made in the US for export to Europe (VM diesels are used by the Grand Cherokee, Wrangler, Lancia Thema [300], and Voyager [Caravan]). Any of these vehicles would benefit from diesels, given their weight and the engines’ high torque; Jeep Wrangler owners, in particular, have been vocal about wanting a diesel option. A diesel-powered domestic minivan would be a first, and would likely boast superior gas mileage compared with any competitor.

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