• Jun 2, 2007
Come 2009, Chrysler's "Phoenix" V6 will begin to be built in Derramadero, Mexico, as the automaker seeks to increase the availability of more fuel-efficient engines. The plant, located near the automaker's Dodge Ram factory, will employ 485 workers, churn out 440,000 units each year and will cost $570 million to build.
Since Chrysler intends to outfit 20 new models with the aluminum block V6 in the next three years, the new plant in Mexico will work alongside the new Trenton plant, which the automaker broke ground on last month.

[Source: Detroit News]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Ultimately, we live in a globalized society - at least in an economic sense. This benefits the owners of capital and almost no one else. US (indeed, all) auto makers have to take advantage of this if they're to compete. It's free market capitalism at it's finest.
      • 7 Years Ago
      While I do hate seeing manufacturing jobs being sent south or east or west or wherever, I have to admit this is a decent move....at least until the UAW gets it's crap together or gets thrown out on it's butt.

      The Mexicans build nice vehicles. The Fusion is well built. My dad's 2000 Focus was built in Mexico and was rattle free. Unlike his 2002 Focus wagon which was built down the road in Wayne, MI...talk about a rattle trap. They werent big ones...just a million little ones. And the Ram's that are built in Mexico always seem to be built just a little better.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Just a follow-up about the UAW. The UAW is certainly part of the problem. However, the upper management of the "Big 3" (or is that now the big 2.3?) allowed the situation with the UAW to become what it is today.

        I'm currently reading Lee Iacocca's book "Where Have All The Leaders Gone?". He presents some very compelling ideas on what it is going to take to get the US automobile industry to be competitive in the global economy. And yes, the UAW, a part of the problem, can also be part of the solution.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ahh, yes. Blame the Mexicans for defective German engineering. Mexicans did not engineer coil packs that overheat, half-shafts that go boinggg in 22K miles, or an electrical system that goes batshit if you remove the factory radio. Nope. The GERRRMANS did. The Meistervolk. Those paragons of superior engineering.

      The Mexican-assembled vehicles I have seen have all been very well to flawlessly assembled, excellent paintwork, and no rattles. Mexican-built Chrysler AA-body cars were consistently better-finished than the ones out of the US factory. 3-serial Buicks, it's the same thing. Someone made mention of the Fusion: they have, from what I have seen, very VERY good build quality.

      Don't go blaming the labor for the shortcomings of defective engineering and inferior materials quality. If you want crap, Mexicans will build you all the crap you want. You want quality and give them quality to work with, you GET quality.

      And for the record, I am not a) Mexican and b) do NOT support the amnesty bill. I am just calling it like I see it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      @ Damon Lavrinc:
      It should read "Hecho en Mexico".

      @ Dave:
      You are just so ignorant.
      • 7 Years Ago
      So this new plant means that Nemak will have to increase their production in all the mexican plant.

      (The chrysler V6 heads and blocks are made in Mexico)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Just another example that shows NAFTA is working...for Mexico!
        • 7 Years Ago
        "Just another example that shows NAFTA is working"

        Canada,Mexico and the USA will be soon part of the NAU. It's the USA that is pushing for it and for this particular reason. Cheap minerals and oil from Canada and cheap labour from Mexico. It's the big corporations that will benefit and we will be told, it will be for our benefit.
      • 7 Years Ago
      As stated a second plant with the first one being in the US. Their recently announced axle plant is in the US as well which was awesome news.

      I'd rather see NA become stronger with a higher production base than continue the surge of imports (not seen since the 80s).

      Hell I'm Canadian, and any increases production here, in Mexico, or the US is music to my ears.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The outsourcing of good jobs to foreign countries is the inevitable consequence of high-priced domestic union labor.
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