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31Ram 1500 to get Pentastar V6 option in top-shelf models

Ram has seen such positive customer feedback from its 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 and TorqueFlight eight-speed automatic transmission in the Ram 1500 that it's bringing the powertrain upmarket, and it's now going to be available in truck's Laramie trim level (Laramie Limited pictured above). The new choice means better fuel economy and lower pricing in one of the 1500's higher-end models.

94Dodge engineers trying to shoehorn Pentastar into Dart?

The fact that the Dart's launch has been a pretty dismal affair isn't what we'd call secret. Judging by its mounting inventories and poor critical reception, Dodge's successor to its unloved Caliber has struggled since it hit the market. And while both of those are difficult problems to address, at least their cause is well known - the powertrain.

32Chrysler to accelerate production of 2013 Ram and V6 engines

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.

1002013 Ram 1500 Crew Cab SLT 4x4 [w/video]

Putting The Pentastar To Work

49Chrysler dealers fixing Pentastar V6s due to cylinder head issue

Automotive News reports that Chrysler is replacing the cylinder heads on certain Pentastar V6 engines with "more robust" parts. The automaker hasn't detailed the problem behind the replacement, but says that there were around 1,300 vehicles across the country over the past few weeks waiting for replacement parts.

34Dodge adds Avenger SE V6 trim for 2012

While the top brass gets their minds made up as to whether there will be a next-generation Dodge Avenger, the folks at Dodge have gone ahead and added a new top trim to the current model. The 2012 Dodge Avenger SE V6 gets the Pentastar V6 tuned to 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque mated to a six-speed automatic, along with 18-inch alloys, dual exhaust, and a rear spoiler.

59Just 18 months into production, Chrysler builds millionth Pentastar V6

The 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee was the first home for Chrysler's Pentastar V6 engine. As you may recall, the powerplant was codenamed "Phoenix," and it was charged with replacing seven other engines in 11 models in the Chrysler and Dodge lineups. Along with it being a well-regarded piece of engineering, its sheer ubiquity goes a long way toward explaining how in just 18 months the Trenton, Michigan plant that produces it has cranked out a million of them.

39How Jeep jimmied the Pentastar V6 into the 2012 Wrangler

We can quit wondering why it took so long for Jeep to drop the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 behind the round headlights of the 2012 Wrangler. According to Wards Auto, the engine had to undergo more than a few tweaks in order to be fit for duty in the trail-rated Wrangler. Engineers had to start by moving the alternator up and away from the middle of the engine to provide for greater water-fording capability. A new intake was also fitted to increase the kind of low-end torque buyers demand on the trail

16Motor Trend compares 2012 Jeep Wrangler with its 1945 CJ forebearer

It has been over 70 years since the first Jeep rolled off the assembly line. The legendary off-road machine was instrumental to the Allied victory in World War II, and it became such a big hit with servicemen that the CJ was built for civilians after the war.

602011 Chrysler 200 Limited

Sebring Replacement Gets A Seat At The Big Kids Table – Barely

57Jeep Wrangler to get Pentastar V6 power in 2012

2011 Jeep Wrangler – Click above for high-res image gallery

67Officially Official: 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan reports for family duty

2011 Dodge Grand Caravan – Click above for high-res image gallery

130Poll: 2011 Dodge Challenger V6 takes on Mustang, Camaro

Dodge has big things headed our way for the 2011 model year, not the least of which is a thoroughly updated Challenger that seems to be much better equipped to go up against the likes of the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro. Up to this point, even those who loved the last generation's styling and optional Hemi engine had to admit that lower level models powered by the old 3.5-liter V6 engine were simply unable to match up against its lifelong mortal enemies from Chevrolet and Ford.

1072011 Dodge Challenger gets new Pentastar V6 with 305 HP

2010 Dodge Challenger – Click above for high-res image gallery

54Jeep releases pics of 2011 Grand Cherokee getting dirty [w/video]

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee – Click above to watch video after the jump

AddChrysler kicks off production of Pentastar V6 engine, touts fuel efficiency improvements

Chrysler Pentastar V6 engine begins production – Click above for high-res image gallery

74Chrysler kicks off production of Pentastar V6 engine, formerly known as "Phoenix"

Chrysler Pentastar V6 engine begins production – Click above for high-res image gallery

75Chrysler's flexible new Pentastar V6

While the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee wowed the crowds in New York, what lies beneath could be a key to Chrysler's recovery. The new 3.6-liter V6, called Pentastar after the company's five-pointed-star logo, replaces seven – count 'em, seven – of Chrysler's aging engines, and stands as the outcome of several years of development.

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