January 8, 2007
New 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans to be built at upgraded Windsor assembly plant
Windsor, Ontario – The Chrysler Group announced that the all-new 2008 Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans introduced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit will be built at DaimlerChrysler’s Windsor Assembly Plant. The plant is getting
extensive investment and remodeling to facilitate the production of the new vehicles. The vehicles will also be built at the St. Louis South Assembly Plant located in Fenton, Missouri.
“This is a very important product for DaimlerChrysler as we remain committed to the minivan market and maintain our leadership position,” said Frank Ewasyshyn, Executive Vice President – Manufacturing, Chrysler Group. “The Windsor Assembly Plant has been building world-class vehicles since 1928, and keeping the new Chrysler and Dodge minivans in Canada demonstrates
DaimlerChrysler’s commitment to the community.”
Windsor Assembly, which manufactures current versions of the Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans with the Stow ‘n Go(R) seating and storage system, along with the Chrysler Pacifica, is capable of building two different vehicle platforms and piloting a third simultaneously on the same production line. A $508 million investment to the plant has produced a new, state-of-the-art paint facility capable of accommodating the dimensions of at least 11 different body styles, and is scheduled to be operational first quarter of 2007.
The key to flexible manufacturing process is the order in which the body is assembled, using a unique underbody pallet system in the body shop. This means that the same production system may be used to build sedans, convertibles, minivans, sport-utility vehicles and sports tourers.