Chrysler is adding a third shift at its Warren Truck plant to meet demand for the new 2013 Ram pickup. And with tight supplies of its Pentastar V6, the company is also boosting output at its Mack Engine plant.

The expansions will add 1,250 jobs and are part of a $238 million investment by Chrysler in the Detroit area. Warren's third shift will begin work sometime in the spring, a Chrysler rep told Automotive News. Mack's increased Pentastar production a could include both 3.6 and 3.2-liter engines.

The company says it also plans to invest $40 million in its Trenton Engine plant to allow for production of a 3.2-liter V6 as well as the Tigershark inline-four for the upcoming Jeep Liberty replacement.


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      The Other Bob
      • 2 Years Ago
      Kinda interested in the v6 8 spd combo.
      whofan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nicest looking truck out there in my opinion. The only thing I`d be leary about is corrosion. The 2002-2007 trucks are rusting bad over the rear wheels here in the rust belt (Michigan). Over all I like the Dodge truck the best. to me its still a DODGE as it should be.
        Paulo G
        • 2 Years Ago
        @whofan
        I live in Michigan (Detroit Metro Area - lots of salt) and honestly have not seen one with rust over the wheels from those years.
          whofan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Paulo G
          I`m in the eastern U.P. and the Dodges Post 2002 maybe early models are all rusting badlly over the rear wheel cut outs. More so than other trucks of same vintage. I have a 2001 silverado that this year I had to Bondo the rocker panels. Maybe its normal due to age that the Dodges are rusting.
      whofan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Great job Chrysler. Government spends lots of money on various things. Proof the bet on the auto industry was a good bet.
      l
      • 2 Years Ago
      Thank you president Obama!
        atvman
        • 2 Years Ago
        @l
        Why? Did he engineer the truck or engine?
          Andy Grey
          • 2 Years Ago
          @atvman
          The company and the designers/workers who engineered it and build it were able to do it because of him.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @l
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      SloopJohnB
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yeah...that third shift ought to improve quality.
        Bill Burke
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        I didn't think quality could get much better since it's the best in it's class in recient years, I believe I read that somewhere in Consumers or JD Powers. Rams (Dodge) have always been just so much better in durability and hard core truckers know it clearly. Surprised you missed that.
          XJ Yamaha
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Bill Burke
          For some reason I keep finding the F150 rated the best among full-sized trucks over the past few years....
          brucec039
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Bill Burke
          First, JD powers is not to be trusted, as they sell their data to the companies involved so they can use it in advertising. Initial quality is not the same as long term, and have you seen their questionaires? They're hugely long. I doubt most normal people would take the time to fill them out. Fords have done quite well recently at the site I visit for actual owner reports. My 1 y/o is trouble free so far. My '98 was also 100% trouble free in the 3 years I used it for towing. I have owned two Dodge Rams and they're decent, but both had some serious brake and transmission issues at low miles. My brakes failed repeatedly on the first, I even sailed through a stop light once. The ABS was bad, but they could never find the problem. So I sold it. Replaced the overdrive on both trucks. Brake rotors warped on both, one within 1,000 miles of new. Two of my 4 chevy trucks had catastrophic engine failures before 30,000 miles. Both repaired under warranty, but not confidence inspiring, especially as one was a HD. I have owned 4 chevys, 2 fords, 2 dodge, and 2 toyota pickups. I'm not biased toward any brand. I almost bought another Ram but the dealer was a joke and I needed a little more cargo capacity than the Ram offered. Nice carlike truck for personal and family use, though.
      jim_pro
      • 2 Years Ago
      Say what you want, but the 2013 Ram looks like a very nice truck, inside and out. Good job Chrysler!
      ebn.hahn
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why!!??, Sales of the RAM have not increased to require a third ****!!. The RAM is still and always will be Last (third) in a three horse race.. As for the short supply of engines, we know why, because of all engines that they to rebuild for cracked heads!!!. Cut the Crab Chrysler and dont feed the puplic a line of B.S. , trying to give an impression of something that is not......
        Dart
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ebn.hahn
        You need to keep in mind that Ram is in the perennial 3rd place because Chrysler is drastically smaller than GM or Ford when it comes to work force, facilities, expenses, etc. Success is not a matter of being #1 by sales. Success is a matter of sales vs. production capacity and profit per dollar invested. Example: Challengers sales are a fraction of the Mustang, yet the Challenger is a highly profitable vehicle because they are able to reuse the chassis and share the plant with the Charger and 300. As for the 3.6 issue, it was not a cracked head. Just a burned out valve on ONE cylinder due to a machining problem, and ONLY at the Saltillo plant in Mexico. None of the Detroit made Pentastars have exhibited the problem according to Allpar. I have one, and love it.
      MAX
      • 2 Years Ago
      Marchionne is the best automotive CEO America has seen in many decades. For decades we have heard that Detroit was finally catching up to JapanInc and Germany, Sergio doesn't want to keep up, he wants to kick a##. Hey TRDyota fanbois, Ram Pentastar=25 hwy mpg, TRDrda=20 mpg hwy.
        jtav2002
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MAX
        Yes, compare a newer engine to an old engine. Thats the same. Also what Toyota engine are you comparing it to? If it's the old 4.0 in the Tacoma then sure it's sad that can't get better fuel economy. If youre comparing it to the V8 options in Tundras it's pointless because the V6 Ram will obviously have much lower towing, etc. Also have to realize that i'd imagine the 25mpg is going to be in a 2wd config. Not everyone wants a 2wd V6 pickup. Ram fanboi.
      Mike Lee
      • 2 Years Ago
      Dear Chysler: PLEASE change the looks of the truck. It's looked the same for (far too many) years and it's time to come-up with a NEW design(!)
        Farmerboy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike Lee
        mike your onto something there. the looks must be why their adding anther shift to meet demands lol.... i think they should hire you for your sharp insight there lol
      Farmerboy
      • 2 Years Ago
      good glade to see more american jobs ....my taxes hard at work and i would give more to other compies in need. ofcause the oil componies need to stop rapin my taxes
      Andy Grey
      • 2 Years Ago
      Thank you Mr. President for having the foresight to see the huge potential of American manufacturing when everyone else was ready to bankrupt us and sell our pieces to the Asians.
      357 Sig
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wake me up when they start dropping in the 3.0 V6 diesel.
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