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Chalk it up to the ripple effect: A slowdown in full-sized-truck sales is suffocating demand for Chrysler's Hemi V8 engine — much to the chagrin of the company's accountants. In response, DCX has cut Hemi production by 20 percent. That's doubly bad because the Hemi's a serious profit center for the company. The cut means 300 fewer engines per day are rolling off the company's line in Saltillo, Mexico. Light-truck sales at DCX are down to the tune of 12.9 percent in the January to August period, compared to 2005. Maybe it's time to finally bite the bullet and put this into production.

DCX cuts Hemi production [The Detroit News]

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