A new engine is driving Stellantis to make major money moves. A $99 million investment in North American Manufacturing funneled to three of their plants shows how serious Stellantis is about their hybrid-electric vehicle (HEV) applications.
“The new engine is a 1.6-liter, I-4 turbocharged unit with direct fuel injection and flexibility for hybrid-electric (HEV) applications. Based on a current Stellantis production engine in Europe, this next-generation engine will power two future North American HEV models,” according to Stellantis.
Three of the automaker’s plants will receive funds to support the every stage of development for the new engine. The Dundee Engine plant in Michigan gets the biggest chunk of the investment pie with $83 million. This plant, which is already responsible for the production of the 3.6-liter Pentastar® Upgrade engine and the Tigershark 2.4-liter I-4 engine, will be the final stop on the new engine development train — its assembly.
The Kokomo Casting Plant in Indiana receives more than $14 million. According to Stellantis, this portion will help the plant to “convert die cast machines and cells for the new engine.”
Approximately $2 million will be extended to the Etobicoke Casting plant in Toronto. The oil pan of the new engine will be this plant’s responsibility, and the investment will also enable the plant to install new tooling and upgrade existing equipment.
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