Chrysler kicks off prolongation of Pentastar V6 engine, before wellknown as “Legendarybird”  

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Chrysler launched production of its all-new 3.6-liter 'Pentastar' (Phoenix) V-6 engine today at its Trenton, Michigan South Engine Plant. Chrysler first introduced the engine at the New York Auto Show last year, announcing that it would launch in the all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee - a vehicle expected to hit showrooms in the second quarter of 2010. The engine will ultimately replace seven different V-6 engines currently in the Chrysler Group lineup, resulting in less-costly and more efficient engine production.

Design this all aluminum, 60-degree, dual-overhead cam (with non-static valve timing) powerplant to see lots of use in a near-term destiny – Chrysler boasts that the Pentastar V6 will replace 7 stream V6 engines. In the brand-new Grand Cherokee, a Pentastar will put out 280 horsepower The 22-percent enlarge during 6,400 rpm and 260 pound-feet of torque (an 11-percent alleviation at 4,800 rpm.

Just as importantly, Chrysler tells us that the newborn engine module be 11 proportionality more render economical than the organisation it replaces, and it module separate on either lawful 87-octane fuel or E85. This kinsfolk of engines equal a $730 meg investment, and the 822,000-square-foot Trenton artefact module be healthy to display more than 400,000 engines per year.

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Press Release

Chrysler Group LLC Celebrates Production Launch of Pentastar V-6 Engine
at All-new Trenton, Mich., Facility
  • Governor, Wayne County Executive, Mayor and UAW join employees for

  • All-new 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 to replace seven current V-6 engines,
    resulting in flexibility, efficient operations and significant cost savings
    to the company

  • Michigan becomes center of Chrysler Group's powertrain offensive

  • Nearly $1 billion in powertrain investments in Michigan since 2007
Auburn Hills, Mich., Mar 19, 2010 - With Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm
and other local officials in attendance, Chrysler Group LLC celebrated the
launch of its all-new Pentastar V-6 engine at an event today at the Trenton
(Mich.) South Engine Plant (TSEP).

In addition to the Governor, Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano, Trenton Mayor
Gerald Brown, UAW Chrysler Department Assistant Director Tim Bressler and other
local officials joined Chrysler Group executives and Trenton South employees in
recognizing the importance of the plant and the new engine in the future success
of the Company.

"The Pentastar engine is a cornerstone of Chrysler's efforts to re-invent its
business model with strong, brand-focused, world-class quality products," said
Scott Garberding, Head of Manufacturing, Chrysler Group LLC. "The new Trenton
South plant demonstrates the Chrysler Group's commitment to supporting economic
development in Michigan. It also acknowledges the support of the International
UAW and our outstanding workforce for helping us create an engine plant that can
compete with the best in the world. Their efforts will help establish Trenton
South as a premier manufacturer of fuel-efficient engines in support of the
Company's future growth."

Chrysler Group's all-new flex-fuel Pentastar V-6 is the most advanced V-6 engine
in the company's history. This new line of V-6 engines will contribute to an
overall fuel-efficiency improvement of more than 25 percent across the Chrysler,
Ram Truck, Jeep® and Dodge product lineup. More refined and fuel-efficient, the
Pentastar engine will ultimately replace seven current Chrysler Group V-6
engines and utilize advanced technologies from the Fiat alliance such as
Multiair, direct-injection and turbocharging.

The first application of this engine will be in the all-new 2011 Jeep Grand
Cherokee, due out in the second quarter this year.

The start of production at Trenton South represents one piece of the Chrysler
Group's revamped powertrain strategy. In December 2009, the Company announced
that it would invest $179 million in its Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance (GEMA)
plant in Dundee, Mich., to produce the 1.4-liter, 16-valve Fully Integrated
Robotized Engine (FIRE). Together, these two plants - with a combined investment
of nearly $1 billion - position Michigan at the center of Chrysler Group's
powertrain offensive.

"With the start of production here in Trenton and the recently announced
investment in Dundee, Chrysler Group has helped affirm Michigan's position as
the world's leader in automotive innovation and excellence," said Gov. Granholm.
"These projects further demonstrate that Michigan has the competitive business
climate, infrastructure and talented workforce to compete in the global

Chrysler Group announced a $730 million investment in the Pentastar program when
it broke ground on the all-new 822,000-square-foot facility in May 2007. The
plant will have an annual manufacturing capacity of more than 400,000 engines.

"Three years ago, Chrysler Group demonstrated its confidence in its workforce by
investing in its powertrain operations," said the UAW's Bressler. "Today, the
UAW members at Trenton are excited to participate in building the next
generation of high quality, fuel-efficient engines for Chrysler's great lineup
of vehicles and thereby, ensuring the Company's future success."

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