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Dundee keeps going

by David Zatz on

Dundee Engine, actually two plants, was originally opened in Michigan with the idea of selling four-cylinder engines to Hyundai and Mitsubishi. Both companies chose to build their own, and Dundee ended up, with the Caliber, Compass, and Patriot refusing to soar in sales, under-used.

There was some question about the future of Dundee, with a new engine family being prepared, but it now appears that at some point between 2015 and 2019, a new engine will be launched and the current workforce will be retained. Whether this new engine is a completely new series, which FCA has said it is working on, or a turbocharged version of the current four, is unknown.

Dundee, which sits well south of Chrysler’s other plants in Michigan, makes both the Chrysler 2.0/2.4 engines and the Fiat 1.4, the latter only for North America.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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