June 4, 2007

Chrysler Group announces new engine plant in Mexico


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Mexico City, Mexico – The Chrysler Group has announced an investment of US$570 million for a new engine plant in Saltillo, Mexico, with construction to begin in June, 2008. Scheduled to begin production in 2009, the plant will produce a new family of V6 engines, known as “Phoenix” engines.

The Mexico plant will be the second Phoenix Engine Plant, along with a new facility in Trenton, Michigan announced last month.

The Mexico plant will have an annual manufacturing capacity of 440,000 engines and will be situated near the group’s Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant, which builds the Dodge Ram. Once the plant is fully functional, it will have 485 full-time employees. As with the Trenton plant, it will incorporate smart manufacturing initiatives, flexible machining, volume-bundled parts purchasing, volume-bundled capital investment and standardized tooling. Over the long term, Chrysler will reduce the Phoenix family from four current engine architectures to one.

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