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Chrysler adding engine lines?

by David Zatz on

As Chrysler expands its sales, its engines are in increasingly short supply, a situation expected to remain especially problematic for the V6 family as the new 3.2 goes into production and a rumored turbo-3.0 nears readiness in a year or three. It appears now that Chrysler is planning to re-use the Mack 2 plant, which currently makes the 3.7 liter V6, fated to end production this August. The most likely product for Mack Avenue is the Pentastar V6, not the four cylinders, which are not yet at three shifts in Dundee.

Since V6 production is also to be expanded within Trenton Engine, including possibly a new line in the old plant, there is still some haze around Chrysler’s product plans; but if Dundee or Trenton were to get an unusually flexible engine line, they could presumably make both the Pentastar V6 and a potential non-V6-derivative.

In addition, while the Five Year Plan showed the market for V8 engines as shrinking rapidly, expanded Ram sales and continued popularity of Hemi powered cars, in a nation with gasoline prices projected to fall (or rise, depending on the analyst), might be pushing the capacity of the Mexican plant that makes Hemis now. One possibility for Mack Avenue, therefore, is adding a Hemi line, which would allow for more V8 Ram, Charger, and 300C sales, while simultaneously allowing the 4.7 liter V8 to finally be dropped.

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