Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) US has announced that it will invest US$74.7m in its Trenton Engine Complex in Michigan, USA, to retool the plant to produce the company’s next-generation four-cylinder engine. The new engine will be assembled on the flexible production line that was installed in 2012.
The new engine will begin production in the third quarter of 2017. The engine is said to provide increased power, while improving fuel economy and reducing CO₂ emissions. More detailed information about the engine’s specific application will be announced at a later date.
“This investment in our flexible production line at Trenton North will allow us to quickly ramp up North American production of this new fuel-efficient engine,” said Brian Harlow, vice president – manufacturing, FCA North America.
When production of the new four-cylinder engine begins next year, it will replace the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6, which is currently assembled on the flex line at Trenton North. Pentastar engine production will continue at Trenton South, Mack Avenue Engine, Michigan, and Saltillo South, Mexico, the Trenton Engine Complex employs more than 1,500 people.
Since 2009, FCA US has announced investments of more than US$2bn in Michigan and added nearly 15,600 new jobs, bringing total employment in the state to 35,314 (including 21,621 hourly) people.
April 29, 2016