Windsor Assembly Re-Tooling For Next Generation Chrysler Minivan

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
windsor assembly re tooling for next generation chrysler minivan

Chrysler will re-tool their Windsor Assembly Plant to build the next-generation Chrysler Town & Country, effectively securing the plant’s future for years to come.

According to The Windsor Star, the re-tooling, which will begin in February and last for 13 weeks, will almost certainly transform the plant into one that is capable of building vehicles based on a new, front-drive flexible architecture. The new minivan is expected to ride on this architecture, with a new crossover also sharing the same underpinnings.

That would leave Windsor in a prime position to build the new vehicle, which would go into production in 2017. While Chrysler walked away from a request for a $1 billion subsidy package, the prospect of another vehicle added to Windsor could mean that FCA and various levels of the Canadian government could be back at the bargaining table fairly soon.

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  • Conslaw Conslaw on Jun 30, 2014

    Until the bugs are out of the new van, Chrysler should build both the old and new versions, much like GM and Ford have done with pickups from time to time.

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    • VoGo VoGo on Jul 01, 2014

      @mkirk Bill, The Grand Cherokee is a solid vehicle that sells well. It really says a lot for German engineering and Italian ownership. But a few things to keep in mind: 1. Japan Inc. is not a helpful metaphor. If you knew how much Toyota and Honda hate each other and compete in the marketplace, I think you would drop it. 2. The phrase Zaibatsu crew is not helpful or current. The Zaibatsu gave way to Keiretsu decades ago. 3. It's not clear how Grand Cherokee sales in Australia are relevant to a discussion on minivan production in Canada. 4. No one is making claims for Japanese invincibility, and bringing up the nuclear disaster seems more cruel than convincing.

  • Volt 230 Volt 230 on Jun 30, 2014

    i don't suppose they're gonna use the Dart-derived longer wheelbase platform from the 200 for this?

    • Billfrombuckhead Billfrombuckhead on Jul 01, 2014

      A new large FWD/AWD wheel drive platform is on the way for the minivan, larger crossovers and maybe other applications.

  • Mandalorian Mandalorian on Jun 30, 2014

    I recently rode in a 2012 Grand Caravan, which is the same thing that's coming out now. It's not bad, lots of space, good power,comfy seats, etc but the design is getting long in the tooth. Some of the interior is starting to look dated.

  • Jim brewer Jim brewer on Jun 30, 2014

    They are all errr...."out of date" after a four year old pukes up in it a couple of times. I'm seeing a Pentastar equipped Dodge for less than 19K. For a guy with a couple of little kids, you aren't going to beat that for a very long time.

    • Bryanska Bryanska on Jul 01, 2014

      hah! Exactly. If there are any kids under 9 in your family, bet your ass you can't keep a luxury minivan looking the part. There's a case for buying the current-gen knowing that you'll never get your money's worth out of a pricey new model.