May 11, 2005

Chrysler Group adds third shift to build 2006 Dodge Charger

Brampton, Ontario – A new third shift creating 900 new jobs, along with a $125 million investment to build the 2006 Dodge Charger on the same assembly line as the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Magnum, has been added to DaimlerChrysler’s Brampton, Ontario plant.

“Three of the biggest news makers in the Chrysler Group vehicle lineup are produced at the Brampton facility, which highlights our commitment to manufacturing flexibility,” said Frank Ewasyshyn, Executive Vice President, Manufacturing, Chrysler Group. “This flexibility is a competitive advantage that is helping us move toward our goal of being a manufacturing leader.”

The investment includes $68 million for assembly and $57 million for stamping and is in addition to the $1 billion spent previously to prepare the Brampton facility for 300 and Magnum production. Approximately 80 per cent of the facility was overhauled as part of the preparation, as the plant had to move from front-wheel to rear-wheel-drive, with 90 per cent of tooling and equipment changes occurring in the body shop.

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