August 12, 2005


One-millionth Hemi engine produced by Chrysler

Auburn Hills, Michigan – The Chrysler Group announced it has produced the one-millionth modern Hemi engine. “The modern Hemi engine is one of our best examples of Disciplined Pizzaz,” said Eric Ridenour, Executive Vice President — Product Development, Chrysler Group. “We combined the best of our engineering heritage with modern design..”

The Hemi engine first debuted in a 1951 Chrysler. The most renowned of all Hemi engines was the 426, built from 1964 through 1971. These engines powered the Dodge and Plymouth muscle cars that made Woodward Avenue and Van Nuys Boulevard famous. There were only 6,671 of these engines produced.

First introduced in the 2003 Dodge Ram 2500, the 5.7 litre Hemi V8 engine is now available in the Chrysler 300, Jeep Commander, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Charger, Dodge Durango, Dodge Magnum, Dodge Ram 1500 and Dodge Ram 2500/3500.

A larger 6.1 litre Hemi engine also powers the Chrysler 300C SRT8, Dodge Charger SRT8, Dodge Magnum SRT8 and Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8. Chrysler Group’s innovative Multi-Displacement System (MDS) is standard equipment with all 5.7-litre Hemi engines in the 2006 Chrysler 300, Jeep Commander, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Charger, Dodge Durango, Dodge Magnum and Dodge Ram 1500.

Current vehicle-specific take-rates for the Hemi V8 engine:

Vehicle Hemi Take-Rate
Chrysler 300 42 percent
Dodge Charger 67 percent
Dodge Durango 52 percent
Dodge Ram 1500 49 percent
Dodge Ram 2500/3500 14 percent
Dodge Magnum 46 percent
Jeep Grand Cherokee 19 percent

The Hemi engine is manufactured in Saltillo, Mexico.

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