By Dave Lee
Chrysler Group announced today that it will add a third shift at its plant in Warren, Mich., in the spring and revamp part of its Mack Engine complex to make more Pentastar V-6 engines, according to Automotive News.
The moves are aimed at boosting the supply of Chrysler's 3.6-liter V-6, which powers many vehicles in Chrysler's lineup, including the 2013 Ram. When paired with the Pentastar V-6 and the Torqueflite eight-speed transmission, the new Ram 1500 can achieve 18/25 mpg city/highway and 21 mpg combined, the best half-ton gas-mileage numbers of any full-size pickup.
Adding the third shift at the Warren plant, where the Ram is produced, has been discussed since before the truck's debut last month. Through October, Chrysler has sold 238,815 Rams this year, a 20 percent gain over last year.