KONAN, Japan – Mitsubishi Motors Corp., one of the last Japanese auto makers to switch to aluminum for engine blocks, gets high marks for its inaugural effort with the 4B1 4-cyl. A product of the World Engine project of one-time partners DaimlerChrysler AG and Hyundai Motor Co. Ltd., the 4B1 went into production in September 2005 on a new line inside MMC’s plant here, some 35 miles (56 km) east of Kyoto. The line, costing Mitsubishi ¥17.5 billion ($163.3 million), is the Japanese ...

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