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.
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
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
Chrysler de Mexico
operates six plants in Saltillo and Toluca and an engineering
center in Mexico City.
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).
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.