Originally Posted by xcel
___It is more of a problem, with building a V6 in an era when a small I4 is probably too big already. How did the lead people at Chrysler/Daimler/Cerebus even consider approving the build given the complete waste for this particular engine plant???
___This is not just putting all your eggs I one basket but putting them all in the wrong one basket before there was even half a chance at recuperating some of these $s!
First of all, a new engine takes several years to engineer and get ready for production(on average). So this engine was in the works before Chrysler was in it's current position. In addition, whether you or i like it or not, people are going to continue buying some large vehicles and trucks for the foreseeable future. These vehicles cannot realistically be powered by a 4 cylinder or smaller engine.
I think where Chrysler went wrong, at least concerning engines, is not spending the time and money on a 2, 3, and 4 cylinder engine that advances the state of the art. Like i said, the GEMA series is not a bad engine, but it's also not anything great. Mediocre in all aspects. Mediocre does not win new customers. Fiat has obviously done some great things with small displacement engines. Without Fiat, Chrysler wouldn't have stood a snowballs chance in hell of being able to meet the upcoming CAFE standards. Even with Fit, it is questionable. Time will tell.