Windsor Star

Phoenix engines more efficient

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Chrysler’s Windsor Assembly Plant has begun running prototypes of minivans with the company’s new Phoenix engines and even Bluetec diesels, sources say.

The Phoenix family of engines are fuel efficient V-6s with technologi­es such as turbocharg­ing, overhead cams, direct injection, and variable valve timing.

Ford and General Motors have already moved into such engines in search of greater fuel efficiency for their volume models. Chrysler’s versions will come in four different displaceme­nts.

Chrysler co-president Tom LaSorda has said the first Phoenix engines will be available a year from now in the 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee, along with other undisclose­d vehicles to be built on the same platform at Jefferson North in Detroit.

No word yet on which displaceme­nt they are using in the minivan prototypes.

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