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Under the Pentastar: Aug. 22, 2014

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Engineering a winner

by Betty Newman

When plans to build the 2014 Jeep® Cherokee began taking shape, opportunity came knocking for the powertrain group with a one-of-a-kind challenge: The Cherokee’s all-new architecture would require creating a whole new powertrain architecture, as well.

That call for innovation began the journey toward the award-winning Power Transfer Unit, or PTU powertrain system – unique to the Jeep Cherokee.  Director of Manual Transmission, Drivetrain and Axle Engineering Michael Kirk picks up the story from there:

Balance of Power

by Eric Mayne

Designers get lots of glory. All of it well-deserved, considering the emotions they evoke with sleek offerings such as the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200, unveiled this week at the 25th annual North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

But another yearly Detroit event - Ward's 10 Best Engines - balances the auto-industry limelight by honoring powertrain engineers, a group of professionals whose work moves people emotionally and physically.

The competition marked its 20th anniversary this week with an awards ceremony where Chrysler Group claimed two trophies. One went to the potent 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 that powers the 2014...
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Chrysler Investing in Future Technologies

by Tyler Lipa

Here at Chrysler Group we’re known for our Pentastar and our HEMI® engines, not necessarily our electric vehicles. While electric vehicles don’t make up the majority of the automotive market, that doesn’t mean Chrysler Group isn’t investing in that future technology. Chrysler Group is harnessing the best of what we’re made of to create forward- thinking products that will meet the demands of consumers today and tomorrow.

Adam Timmons, center, accepts his award from Gary Rogers, left, of FEV and Mark Johnson, right, Chairmen of the SAE Foundation Board of Trustees
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Mack Avenue Builds Final 4.7; Looks Forward to Pentastar

by Max Gates and Jeff Kalinowski

Employees at Mack Avenue Engine Plant I (Detroit) built the final 4.7-liter V-8 engine last week, ending 15 years of production that yielded more than 3 million powerplants used in Ram trucks and other Chrysler Group products.

The last 4.7-liter (right) was signed by employees and will be displayed in the plant’s lobby.

"Producing more than 3 million engines is a testament to each and every person that has worked at Mack Avenue Engine Plant I during the past 15 years," said UAW Local 51 President Lorenzo Poole.

"The Mack Avenue...
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Pentastar Scores with WardsAuto Judges

by Eric Mayne

In hockey terms, Chrysler Group has completed a hat trick, Ward’s AutoWorld Editor-in-chief Drew Winter said during this year’s 2013 Ward’s 10 Best Engines luncheon.

The event marked the third consecutive year Chrysler Group’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 has earned a spot on WardsAuto’s prestigious list of the industry’s most outstanding engines.

The engine was the lone winner to be tested in a truck, the 2013 Ram 1500.

In a nod to the pickup’s TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission, a segment-exclusive, Associate Editor Aaron Foley said “we all noticed the ease of shifting speeds and...
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