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Along with eight-cylinder engines and manual transmissions, six-cylinder motors appear to be on the outs, relatively speaking. In the first quarter of this year, USA Today notes that four-cylinder lumps made up 46.5 percent of new car sales, almost a five percent jump over the same period last year.

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Along with eight-cylinder engines and manual transmissions, six-cylinder motors appear to be on the outs, relatively speaking. In the first quarter of this year, USA Today notes that four-cylinder lumps made up 46.5 percent of new car sales, almost a five percent jump over the same period last year.

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DaimlerChrysler will be investing $2 billion in a new line of modular V6 engines that will be shared by Mercedes-Benz and Chrysler Group vehicles. Set to appear by 2010, the new six-cylinders are known internally as project Phoenix. DCX will be pumping its $2 billion investment into three U.S. engine plants that will be plucked to produce the new motors. They're located in Kenosha, WI, Trenton, MI and Toledo, OH. At least one plant in Germany will also be brought online to make the engines. The

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