Chrysler to add third shift at Warren Truck plant in March 2013

Article by Anita Panait, on November 18, 2012

Chrysler Group is adding in March 2013 a third shift at its Warren Truck plant and is modifying a part of its Mack Engine complex in Detroit to produce more Pentastar V-6 engines. According to a Chrysler spokeswoman, the moves represent around $238 million in additional investment in the Detroit area, resulting to the creation of 1,250 new jobs.

Chrysler chief executive Sergio Marchionne and Detroit Mayor Dave Bing were expected to make a formal announcement of the moves at the Mack plant. An increase in Chrysler’s engine production is expected to ease the carmaker’s 3.6-liter V-6 engines, which power most of its lineup of larger sedans, minivans, pickups and sports utility vehicles.

Chrysler said that the Pentastar output could be any variation, which includes 3.6- and 3.2-liter versions. The carmaker was also scheduled to announce a $40 million investment for a portion of the Trenton Engine plant, which produces the 3.6-liter V-6.

Trenton Engine plant will soon commence building a 3.2-liter version of the V-6 that would be fitted in the replacement for the Jeep Liberty. The plant will also begin building additional inline-four Tigershark engines that are currently produced only in Dundee, Mich. Chrysler said it would add a third shift at Warren Truck in the spring, but it didn’t give a specific date.

The company has been considering the third shift since before it unveiled the re-engineered 2013 Ram pickup, which started arriving in dealerships late October. Available for the 2013 Ram pickup is an optional powertrain that links the 3.6-liter V-6 with Chrysler's Torqueflite eight-speed transmission, allowing it to return fuel economy of up to 18 mpg on city driving and 25 mpg on highway driving. Chrysler posted a 20 percent jump in Ram sales in the first 10 months of 2012 to 238,815 units.

Ram Truck brand is now introducing its first iteration of the Ram 1500 full-size, light-duty pickup truck. The Ram 1500 represents the Ram’s first take on the truck since becoming a nameplate itself in 2011.

Fred Diaz, President and CEO for Ram Truck Brand and for Chrysler de Mexico, remarked that the Ram 1500 was intended to be mildly refreshed, but its development eventually transformed this vehicle as the truck that tops its class in terms of fuel economy and capability. Diaz called the 2013 Ram 1500 as an entirely new truck with technology and features that could not be availed in other trucks.

After all, the new 2013 Ram 1500 is underpinned by the latest development of the brand’s full-size, body-on-frame truck architecture, and is created to indulge and gratify enthusiasts and potential customers with their "Guts and Glory." This full-size, body-on-frame truck architecture allows the new 2013 Ram 1500 to offer a bold and power-focused capability that tops its class. Moreover, this capability is well stated by the truck’s dynamic and aggressive exterior looks

The new 2013 Ram 1500 is a testament that the light-duty full-size pickup truck segment has evolved from just offering brute capability and acceptable efficiency, into a sector wherein engineering and execution allowed these vehicles to offer a combination of size, capability and efficiency as well as technology, refinement and quality.

In fact, among the others in its class, the 2013 Ram 1500 has the most fuel-efficient model. In addition, the 2013 Ram 1500 is being offered with more functional and interactive technologies than its rivals. The company built the new 2013 Ram 1500 to be more than or as capable as its rivals in its class. Moreover, it features a quality that trumps its competition.

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