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Mission Accomplished: Pentastar Engine Family Accounts for All Chrysler Group V-6 Offerings

August 29, 2013 When the Pentastar V-6 engine family was introduced under the hood of the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, it arrived with the promise of superior customer value and greater manufacturing efficiency.

World-First Driveline, Breakthrough Transmission, Four New Engines Mark Milestone Model-Year for Chrysler Group

June 28, 2013 Chrysler Group mashes the throttle on engine, transmission and driveline debuts for model-year 2014.

Chrysler Group’s Pentastar V-6 “Three-peats” on Ward’s 10 Best Engines List

December 13, 2012 Chrysler Group’s Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6 has been named one of Ward’s 10 Best Engines for the third consecutive year. But even in this elite group, the Pentastar rises to the top. While every other engine on the Ward’s 2013 list was tested in a car, mostly of the sporty variety, the DOHC Pentastar was evaluated in a truck – the 2013 Ram 1500 full-size pickup.

Cummins Builds Two-Millionth Ram Diesel for Chrysler Group

December 10, 2012 Cummins Inc. has produced its 2-millionth diesel engine for Ram Trucks, highlighting the latest milestone in a storied partnership that spans four decades. The 350-horsepower, 6.7-liter, in-line 6-cylinder turbo diesel is distinguished by its “Cummins Red” rocker cover and breather. But despite its 800 lb.-ft. peak torque rating, the historic engine – feted today at a Cummins plant in Columbus, Ind. – will not see service. Instead, it will go on display, touring the U.S.

Tigershark Engine Family, New Transmissions Mark Turning Point for Chrysler Group

September 1, 2012 Engineers got the green light to develop the Tigershark in May 2010. At that time, Chrysler Group’s shortest interval between program approval and production launch was about 115 weeks (for the 6.1-liter HEMI® V-8). Ninety-five weeks later, the company produced the first Tigershark engine, the company’s most refined 4-cylinder powerplant ever. How was this accomplished? With sheer will, says Glen Macfarlane, the program’s chief engineer.

One Millionth Chrysler Pentastar V-6 Engine Produced at Trenton Engine

January 27, 2012 Just 18 months following the start of production as the standard engine for the 2010 Jeep® Grand Cherokee, the one millionth Pentastar V-6 engine was assembled today at Chrysler Group’s Trenton (Mich.) Engine Assembly Plant.

Chrysler Pentastar V-6 Engine Repeats with '10 Best Engines' From Ward’s Automotive

December 9, 2011 Chrysler Group’s Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6 engine once again has been recognized by the editors of Ward’s Automotive as one of the “10 Best Engines”.

Mopar® to Highlight Cubic Inches and Horsepower at SEMA

November 1, 2011 A new 512 CID, V-10 engine with more than 800 horsepower and a new 426 Gen III High Output HEMI® crate engine will highlight the Mopar® display at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show, Nov. 1 – 4 in Las Vegas.

New Eight-speed Transmission Introduced by Chrysler

September 1, 2011 The first eight-speed automatic transmission in a domestically produced automobile will mark its debut on both the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger for 2012. The new eight-speed automatic, introduced and licensed through ZF and often found on high-end luxury cars including Audi, Bentley, BMW, Range Rover and Rolls Royce, will be available on selected models of the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger. Initially, the transmission will be mated exclusively to the award-winning 3.6-liter V6 Pentastar engine that was introduced last year.

Chrysler Group Announces Changes to Powertrain Organization

June 23, 2011 In connection with Paolo Ferrero’s new assignment as Head of Fiat Powertrain Mercosur General Management, Chrysler Group LLC today announced the following leadership appointments to the Chrysler Group Management Team. The appointments are effective July 1, 2011.

2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8® 392 Debuts with Newest HEMI® V-8 Inaugural Edition Model Features Exclusive Content

June 23, 2011 For 2011, the Dodge brand’s ultimate modern American muscle coupe receives a big boost in power and performance. And the product story goes beyond the impressive horsepower and torque lurking under the hood.

Chrysler Group LLC to Invest $114 Million in Trenton, Mich., Facility

June 15, 2011 Chrysler Group LLC today announced that it would invest $114 million in new equipment at its Trenton Engine Complex to support increased production of the Pentastar engine. The investment is estimated to create 268 new jobs.

Chrysler Group LLC Confirms Possible $843 Million Investment in Kokomo, Ind., Facilities to Produce Future Generation Front-Wheel Drive Transmission and Retain 2,250 U.S. Jobs

November 23, 2010 (originally released Nov. 23, 2010)
Chrysler Group LLC confirms that it is looking to invest $843 million into the Company’s existing transmission manufacturing facilities in Kokomo, Ind., to accommodate production of a new advanced front-wheel drive automatic transmission for future Chrysler Group vehicles. With this announcement, the Company’s total investment in U.S. facilities would climb to nearly $3 billion since June 2009.

Chrysler Group LLC and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Announce New Research Project for Hydraulic Hybrid Powertrain

January 19, 2011 Chrysler Group LLC and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced a partnership to determine the possibility of adapting a hydraulic hybrid system for large passenger cars and light-duty vehicles. The announcement was made at the EPA laboratories in Ann Arbor, Mich., following a meeting with Sergio Marchionne, Chrysler Group CEO, and Lisa P. Jackson, Agency Administrator for the EPA.

New Chrysler Pentastar V-6 Engine Earns ‘Ten Best’ Kudos from Ward’s Automotive

December 7, 2010 Chrysler LLC Powertrain’s newest engine, the Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6, has been recognized by Ward’s Automotive as one of the "Ten Best” engines for 2010. Introduced in the 2011 Jeep® Grand Cherokee, the new engine will soon be available in 10 vehicles across the 2011 product line-up, including Chrysler 200, 300 and Town & Country, and Dodge Avenger, Challenger, Charger, Durango, Journey and Grand Caravan.

Fiat Multiair Wins Popular Science “Best of What’s New” Award

November 17, 2010 Fiat’s Multiair technology, soon to be available in the Fiat 500 that will be sold through selected Chrysler dealers in the U.S., has been awarded “Best of What’s New” from Popular Science magazine.

Chrysler Mexico Celebrates the Inauguration of its Sixth Manufacturing Plant

October 29, 2010 With Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon, the Constitutional Governor of Coahuila State Humberto Moreira, the Minister of Economy Bruno Ferrari, Chrysler Group Senior Vice President of Manufacturing Scott Garberding, President and CEO of Chrysler Mexico Joseph ChamaSrour, Manufacturing Vice President of Chrysler México Santiago Pages, General Secretary of Chrysler Workers Union Hugo Díaz and special guests, the sixth and most modern “Centennial Saltillo Engine Plant” in Chrysler Mexico was inaugurated today in Derramadero, Coahuila.

Pentastar V-6 Set to Roll Out Across Broad Range of New Chrysler Vehicles

October 21, 2010 Improved fuel efficiency, more power and reduced emissions, all hallmarks of the new Pentastar V-6 engine, will soon be available across 13 models from Chrysler Group LLC. The Pentastar V-6, the most advanced six cylinder engine ever produced by Chrysler Powertrain group, is slated to be the ‘workhorse’ engine across many models and will eventually replace seven different V-6 engines over the next three years.

All-new Powertrain Choices in 2011 Jeep® Grand Cherokee Offer more Fuel Savings, Refinement and Capability

June 20, 2010 Engines available in the all-new 2011 Jeep® Grand Cherokee include the all-new flex-fuel 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 and 5.7-liter MDS V-8.

Chrysler Group LLC Celebrates Production Launch of Pentastar V-6 Engine at All-new Trenton, Mich., Facility

March 19, 2010 With Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm and other local officials in attendance, Chrysler Group LLC celebrated the launch of its all-new Pentastar V-6 engine at an event today at the Trenton (Mich.) South Engine Plant (TSEP).

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