Chrysler removes one shift at engine line at Dundee plant

Article by Anita Panait, on January 25, 2013

Chrysler Group has removed a production shift at its Dundee Engine plant on the line that builds 1.4-liter engines for the Fiat 500 subcompact and some Dodge Dart variants. According to a spokeswoman for Chrysler, they let go of 14 probationary employees and reassigned 44 others to other engine production lines at the engine plant.

Aside from the 1.4-liter engine, the Dundee Engine plant also builds 2.0- and 2.4-liter I-4 engines for several Chrysler vehicles. Although the 1.4-liter is the only available engine for the Fiat 500, it is only offered as an option for the Dodge Dart, which is powered by the 2.0-liter Tigershark engine as standard. Customers who want their Darts powered by the 1.4-liter turbocharged engine should be ready to pay an additional $1,000.

The 1.4-liter turbocharged engine and the 2.0-liter powerplant are both capable of providing 160 hp. However, the smaller engine achieves an additional 36 pounds-feet of torque, to 184 pounds-feet. According to the Automotive News Data Center, although sales of the Dodge Dart have been rising in the seven months since its rollout, inventories of the vehicle was at 141–day supply as of Jan. 1, 2013.

Chrysler has announced it will roll out a new Dart GT model powered by a 2.4-liter naturally aspirated I-4 engine this spring at a lower price. The 2.4-liter engine could provide up to 184 hp of power than the smaller displacement engine, but achieves less torque at 171 pounds-feet.

Cost-effective fuel powertrains modify the performance of the 2013 Dodge Dart. The redesigned Dodge Dart is now captivatingly designed, fuel-efficient, fast and enjoying to drive.

The 2013 Dodge Dart sets a new benchmark in the compact car segment. It embodies innovative technology that puts on high-class security features and up-to-date functionality. In addition to these are the spaciousness, unmatched customization, functionality, style and easy-to-drive mechanics.

Reid Bigland, the President and Chief Executive Office – Dodge Brand, Chrysler Group LLC, said that the redesigned Dodge Dart will entice customers to buy an innovative car that’s high-class, fun-to-drive and high-value. He added other features that make Dodge Dart a new benchmark for compact car class like the three powerful and cost-effective fuel engines, 12 external colors, 14 internal color and trim choices, three transition options, assured security features, and high-class aerodynamics.

Currently, the 2013 Dodge Dart is now available in five trim levels: R/T, SE, Limited, Rallye, and SXT. All are structured and designed in the US at Chrysler Group’s Belvidere Assembly Plant in Belvidere, III.

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