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.
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.
i don't suppose they're gonna use the Dart-derived longer wheelbase platform from the 200 for this?
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.
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out of date" after a four year old pukes up in it a couple of times.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.