Sunday, September 25, 2022

With a French spirit: Stelantis announces it will produce 1.6 turbo engines (of PSA origin) in the United States

French brands never gained much acceptance in the United States, this happened in the 80s with Peugeot and Renault, which, despite a good start, could not maintain sales levels and had agreements with North American brands or importers. After its dissolution, he left the market never to return. But now, Peugeot may be making an appearance again, not with its range of products, but with its engines: Stellantis announced that it will manufacture 1.6 turbo engines at its Michigan plant.

With an investment of US$99 million, the Italian-American-French company would apply this amount to produce 4-cylinder in-line 1.6 turbo gasoline engines at three of its factories in the United States and Canada. Didn’t provide more details, it will be 1.6 Puretec (formerly THP) as it clarifies that this is an engine that is already in production in Europe and will be used in conjunction with the hybrid system.

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Most of the investment—US$83 million—will be allocated to the Michigan plant to modernize it and incorporate new equipment. That’s where the final assembly of the engine will take place. It is worth remembering that the famous V6 Pentastar used by the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Wrangler and Gladiator, as well as the veteran Tigershark 2.4, which will be discontinued in 2023, are also manufactured at this factory.

For its part, US$14 million will be directed to the Indiana Industrial Complex, where the new engine block will be manufactured. For this the machines already installed in the plant will be optimized and re-calibrated for this propellant. Ultimately, the remaining US$2 million will go to the plant in Toronto (Canada) in charge of crankcase production.

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In addition to making a strong US$2.8 billion investment in Canada to produce components and technology for electrification (platforms, batteries, motors and other parts), Stelantis will continue to bet on internal combustion engines: another US$24. 7 million will be used to build two. Variants of the Pentastar V6 for the group’s new products. The company aims to market electric vehicles only in Europe by 2030, but maintain a 50/50 mix in the United States and other markets where the electrification process will be slow.

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