The Chrysler group's next generation of compact and mid-range vehicles will be offered with a new family of four-cylinder engines.
The engines were developed by DaimlerChrysler AG, Hyundai Motor Co. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. The engines will be used in such vehicles as the 2007 Dodge Caliber and Chrysler Sebring.
Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance will operate two plants in Dundee, Mich. The plants will produce approximately 840,000 four-cylinder engines annually, supplying 12 Chrysler group model lines worldwide. Global Engine is owned by the three automakers.
A 2.4-liter four-cylinder generating 170 hp will represent about two- thirds of the Chrysler group's Dundee production. The automaker also will offer 1.8-liter and 2.0-liter variants.
The Chrysler group expects to save about $100 million annually when it begins building the engines in September. The savings are in comparison to what Chrysler spends for current four-cylinder engines.
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