Chrysler Group is making a $164-million investment in its Saltillo North engine site in Mexico to produce reengineered 2.0- and 2.4-liter I-4 Tigershark powerplants. The Tigershark engines are marked for export to other countries, according to Chrysler. The US carmaker is also building Tigershark I-4 engines at its Dundee engine site in Michigan and is planning to produce the powerplant at its Trenton plant in the same state.
A Chrysler spokeswoman said that production levels at the US sites will not be affected by the expansion in Mexico. The two Tigershark I-4s are Chrysler's primary four-cylinder engines that power its Dodge, Jeep, and Chrysler product lines. The engine output at Saltillo is scheduled to commence in the first quarter of 2014 and is expected to create 470 new jobs, in addition to nearly 6,500 workers currently employed there.
Chrysler's Saltillo manufacturing facility builds the Ram ProMaster commercial van, Ram heavy-duty pickups, components and engines. “I would like to thank President Enrique Peña Nieto for the support his administration has given us, first as Governor and now as President. He has always shown a great commitment to promoting strategically important projects,” said Marchionne. “All of this would not be possible without the extraordinary spirit of collaboration we have found in both the federal and state governments. We feel privileged to have the opportunity to contribute to the future growth of Mexico.” [source: Chrysler]