Aug 22, 2007
Chrysler begins manufacturing all-new 2008 minivans in Windsor, Ontario
2008 Dodge Grand Caravan. Click image to enlarge
Windsor, Ontario – Chrysler Canada marked the manufacturing launch of the all-new 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country yesterday at its Windsor, Ontario assembly plant. The minivans are built on the same assembly line as the Chrysler Pacifica and will be at dealerships in the fall.
The plant was the recipient of a US$511 million investment in 2005 to its manufacturing and paint operations, providing extensive improvements to accommodate the minivans’ production requirements. The investment included $76.8 million from the Government of Ontario through the Ontario Automotive Investment Strategy, and $46 million from the Government of Canada.
“Ever since the first minivan rolled off the assembly line here in Windsor 24 years ago, this vehicle has embodied the spirit of innovation that is part of Chrysler’s DNA,” says Tom LaSorda, president of The New Chrysler. “A decade later, the home of the minivan has become one of our first plants to implement an enhanced flexible manufacturing strategy and Smart Manufacturing model, which promotes greater innovation and creativity on the plant floor.”
Originally built in 1928, the Windsor Assembly Plant is currently the largest of Chrysler’s 14 assembly plants, at 4.01 million square feet, and employs 4,800 people. In 2003, it became one of the first Chrysler plants to implement the company’s flexible manufacturing strategy.