CHICAGO Chrysler Group LLC said it will invest $164 million in its Saltillo north engine plant in Mexico, adding a new production line to assemble Tigershark engines.
The engines will support production at the automakers nearby van assembly plant, which cost nearly $1.09 billion to build.
Sergio Marchionne, chairman and chief executive of the Auburn Hills, Mich.-based company, dedicated the assembly plant Oct. 10, although production of the Ram ProMaster commercial truck began in July.
The Ram ProMaster truck and the Tigershark engine will be sold in the United States, Mexico and Canada.
Production of the 2-liter and 2.4-liter Tigershark engines will begin in the first quarter of 2014. They will be assembled alongside Hemi V-8 engines. The 2.4-liter engine powers the 2014 Jeep Cherokee and Dodge Dart.
Chrysler expects to have more than 1,100 workers at the assembly plant by year-end and said the investment at the engine plant will create 470 jobs.
Chrysler de Mexico operates six plants in Saltillo and Toluca and an engineering center in Mexico City.
Tokyo-based Honda Motor Co. Ltd. recently broke ground on a $470-million transmission plant in Celaya, Mexico (amm.com, Sept. 25), and Yokohama, Japan-based Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. has started to build a $2-billion manufacturing complex, supplier park and quality proving ground in Aguascalientes, Mexico (amm.com, Aug. 27).
Detroit, Mich.-based General Motors Co. is investing $691 million at three of its Mexican facilities (amm.com, June 27). GMs San Luis Potosi, Silao and Toluca plants are being expanded, two of them for additional transmission production.