Auburn Hills, Michigan – Chrysler has celebrated the launch of its all-new Pentastar V6 engine at its new plant in Trenton, Michigan. The all-new 3.6-litre V6 will replace seven current V6 engines.

“The Pentastar engine is a cornerstone of Chrysler’s efforts to reinvent its business model with strong, brand-focused, world-class quality products,” said Scott Garberding, Chrysler’s head of manufacturing. “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.”

The new line of V6 engines will contribute to an overall fuel efficiency improvement of more than 25 per cent across the Chrysler, Ram, Jeep and Dodge product lineup. More refined and fuel efficient, the engine will use advanced technologies from the Fiat alliance, including Multiair, direct injection and turbocharging.

The first application of the engine will be in the all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, due to arrive in the second quarter of 2010.

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

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