• Aug 29, 2009
As Chrysler moves forward with its post bankruptcy product plans, it's looking increasingly like consolidation with new partner Fiat is the order of the day. Following the cancellation of the platform sharing deal with Nissan, it appears as if the company's interest in the Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance could be the next victim. The agreement in question was formed early this decade between what was then DaimlerChrysler, Hyundai and Mitsubishi to produce common four-cylinder engines for the three automakers. Since then, variants of the engine design have turned up in cars as diverse as the Jeep Compass and Patriot, Hyundai Sonata and Mitsubishi Lancer.

Part of Fiat's rationale for getting involved with Chrysler was the expanding economies of scale for its own products. That means future Chryslers will almost certainly get Italian designed fours to go with the company's new Phoenix V6. It's not clear what the fate of the five-year-old Dundee, MI engine plant that supplies the Chrysler engines will be. If the alliance is dissolved, it could be taken over by Chrysler-Fiat and re-tooled to build Fiat-based engines.

Automotive News is also reporting that the Ram diesel could get a new lease on life. However, the planned Cummins 5.0-liter V8 could be replaced by – you guessed it - a Fiat diesel.


[Source: Automotive News - sub. req'd]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Considering Fiat is a leader in diesel development, any other course of action would be foolish.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Newsflash moron, leader doesn't mean the same thing as "best in the industry." Often times, the leader is the one who makes the worst product. Example, Microsoft.
        • 5 Years Ago
        IRONFIST, you don't know what you're talking about. Microsoft didn't become a huge company because their products suck. Type rm -rf /, and get out of your mother's basement.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Perhaps they'll (Fiat) provide an engine that won't need a Urea tank to meet emissions?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I believe only the 5.0 would be replaced, not the 6.7 thats in the heavy duty trucks. What happend to the 5.9?
        • 5 Years Ago
        "What happend to the 5.9?"

        it became the 6.7.
      • 5 Years Ago
      All that works right now in the Chrysler business is Pickups, Jeeps, and Minivans. Between this and the "Panda Jeep" I dread to thing what is coming for the minivans.

      I'd think before dinking with the few products that work there'd be a little more thought and effort to understand the market.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The 3.0L JTD would work in the Dakota, and the 5.9L might work in the heavy duty models, but either meet U.S, emissions requirements and there's nothing for the 1500.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great. Now hand over the Hemi to Fiat, make the 5.7 produce at least 425 HP. and make sure the 6.4 will produce at least 540(or 560) HP.

      Would be wonderful, and while they are at it they can improve the overall fuel economy in their engines, I heard the Pheonix is a decade ahead all its rivals, so why not power up the Hemi?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh, I forgot to add that the Fiat Diesel in the Ram would suck. It might be decent for the 1500 model, and some other Chrysler models, but thats all really.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Fiat makes excellent diesels that go from small 60 hp to 210 hp inline fives, but I'm not sure what exactly they're planning to replace a 5.0L V8 with...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good move, drop one of the best diesels you can get and replace it with a pile of crap from Fiat. Seems like Chrysler really does want to run itself out of business. Just get it over with instead of keeping us on the edge of our seat.
        • 5 Years Ago
        wow, you really are mentally stunted, aren't you. look at the post above yours for why...
      • 5 Years Ago
      check http://www.fptpowertrain.com/eng/home.htm and you'll see that they make diesels from 55HP to 1024HP.
        • 5 Years Ago
        yikes, I completely forgot about Iveco and their industrial division, how embarassing...
        so yes, checking out their engines I just noticed they have a 5.9L straight six with 300 hp and 1050 NM of torque..that should do the trick...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good thing for Chrysler is that, I think. I sure hope that means Chrysler will get the MultiAir technology. And when it comes to Dieselengines Fiat is known as a real expert.
      So I think that this step is a good one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If a bigger Fiat diesel is anything like an Iveco diesel, this could be interesting. My father-in-law has a Case IH 7010 combine that has a 9 liter Iveco in it. When it starts up the starter sounds almost just like one an old 70's Dodge pickup with a 318 or 360.
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