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Will future Mitsubishi and Hyundai powertrain development be affected?
In a brief statement, Chrysler has announced that the Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance (GEMA) is now entirely owned by the U.S. automaker, with both former partners, Mitsubishi and Hyundai, having sold their parts of the company.
This may sound like a dull bit of business news, but it could most certainly have a big impact on some of the coolest engines on the planet. Sure, the engines that originated from GEMA have found there way into less exciting vehicles like the Chrysler Sebring, but the same engines have also been the backbone of cars like the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution (pictured above) and Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.oT. The high-powered Caliber SRT4 also used a version of a GEMA engine.
Three basic engines have come out of GEMA with displacements of 1.8, 2.0 and 2.4-liters, many of which were fitted with turbochargers and superchargers to make as much as 300hp.
There is no word if the end of the GEMA partnership could affect future Hyundai and Mitsubishi powertrain developments, but you can be sure the decision had a lot to do with Chrysler’s new Fiat ownership.
Official release after the jump:
The high-powered Caliber SRT4 is being cut from the Dodge lineup. The folks over at Car & Driver noticed the absence of the vehicle in Dodge’s 2010 product lineup and have confirmed with Chrysler PR that this is no mix-up. The SRT4 is dead. Sadly, this also means that no model in the company’s new lineup will feature the Caliber’s 285-hp, 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder.
Under new ownership by Fiat since the U.S. automaker emerged from bankruptcy protection, Chrysler’s Dodge brand will instead focus on moving more high-volume Caliber models.
The Caliber SRT4 is just the latest high-performance vehicle to become a casualty of the recession, with one of the car’s main competitors, the Chevy Cobalt SS Sedan having been eliminated from GM’s product lineup earlier this year.
[Source: Car & Driver]