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Uploaded on Dec 20, 2009

Chrysler Group LLC will invest $179 million to launch production of an advanced technology, fuel-efficient engine for the North American market, which will be built at the companys Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance (GEMA) plant in Michigan. The investment will create up to 573 new jobs industry-wide, including up to 155 new Chrysler Group jobs. The GEMA plant, located in Dundee, Michigan, will produce the 1.4-liter, 16-valve Fully Integrated Robotized Engine (FIRE) for use in Chrysler Groups growing fleet of fuel-efficient vehicles. FIRE is a collaboration between Chrysler Group and Fiat powertrain groups and will include Fiats innovative advanced technologies to reduce engine emissions and improve fuel economy. This is one more important step forward that demonstrates our intent to deliver on the promise of the Fiat-Chrysler strategic alliance and the substance of the road map we laid out in November, said Sergio Marchionne, Chrysler Group LLC Chief Executive Officer. This project further demonstrates that Michigan has the competitive business climate, infrastructure and talented workforce to compete in the global marketplace, said Governor Jennifer M. Granholm. "We are pleased and excited with the I-4 FIRE engine loading at GEMA. The UAW is committed to working with the Company to continue doing everything we can to ensure this new engine launch is successful." said General Holiefield, Vice President and Director of the UAW, Chrysler Department. Todays announcement follows a thorough site selection review by the company and actions by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the Village of Dundee in support of the project. Production of the 1.4-liter engine at GEMA will begin in the fourth quarter of 2010. The first application of the engine will be in the North American-built Fiat 500 that will go into production in 2011. Chrysler Group has two plants at the GEMA complex, located at 5800 North Ann Arbor Road outside Dundee. In addition to the South plant which will produce the FIRE, the North Plant, opened in October 2005, produces the World Gas Engine, Chrysler Powertrains naturally-aspirated, four-cylinder engine family.

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