Trenton Engine Plant
Trenton engine was the site chosen for production of the 2.2 L four-cylinder engine which debuted in 1980 in the K-cars. The factory was expanded again in 1985 with a $150 million investment to add production of the 2.5 L four-cylinder in a 324,000-square-foot (30,100 m2) area formerly used for production of the Chrysler Slant 6 engine.
In 1988, Chrysler sold much of the machining equipment, as well as a license to the design, to First Auto Works of China. The Trenton plant largely switched to the new Chrysler 3.3 engine production, while FAW continues to build the 2.2 to this day.
The Trenton Engine Plant produced all B and RB Chrysler Big Block V-8 Engines (361, 383, 400, 413, 426 and 440 cu. inch) from their introduction in 1957 until their demise in 1979.
Chrysler announced in 2010 that Trenton North will be kept open to produce engine parts. The investment of 114 million dollars will employ about 268 workers.
Trenton Engine South Plant
In 2007 Chrysler announced a new 822,000-square-foot (76,400 m2) engine plant to produce the Pentastar V6 engine. The plant replaced the existing Trenton Engine Plant. It has the annual capacity of 440,000 engines. The new facility is LEED Gold certified, with features such as Zero-Waste-to-Landfill processes, the use of native grasses and trees on the property, higher performance insulation and more efficient manufacturing processes, fluorescent lighting, and efficient heating and cooling systems. Overall, Chrysler expects to save approximately US$1,300,000 annually on energy costs while reducing annual CO2 emissions by 12,000 metric tons.
- 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine
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