Auburn Hills, Michigan – Chrysler will invest US$114 million in new equipment at its Trenton Engine Complex to increase production of its new “Pentastar” engine family.

The investment, which is estimated to create 268 new jobs, will be used to repurpose about one-fifth of the Trenton North plant, which ceased operations in May 2011, to produce core components for the engine produced at its sister plant Trenton South.

The Pentastar engine,l which launched in March 2010, is now available in ten Chrysler Group vehicles and was recently recognized by Ward’s Automotive as one of the “Ten Best” for 2010.

“As Chrysler Group moves to replace seven V6 engines with the new Pentastar V6, it has become necessary to add capacity on core components in order to meet the production demands of this new engine,” said Brian Harlow, vice-president and head of powertrain manufacturing. “This investment has also given Trenton North, which has been building engines for nearly sixty years, a new lease on life.”

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