Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Canada (FCA Canada) has reached a tentative agreement with Unifor, just minutes before a midnight deadline that could have lead to around 8,500 Canadian autoworkers going on strike. During a press conference Thursday morning, Unifor National President Jerry Dias said FCA Canada had committed to a $1.3 to $1.5 billion investment for an additional future plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) or a battery-electric vehicle (BEV) for the Windsor Assembly Plant in Windsor, Ontario that is expected to launch in 2024.
Currently, the Windsor Assembly Plant manufacturers the Chrysler Pacifica, Chrysler Voyager, and Chrysler Grand Caravan for the 2021 model year. All three are based on the same platform and share most of their components. The plant eliminated around 1,500 jobs, after the announcement that the aging Dodge Grand Caravan would end production. During this morning’s announcement, that deal would create 2,000 new jobs at the plant for the future electrified vehicle.
While not many details were released about the future product and what brand it would represent, many have thought that a future electrified Chrysler small people mover would be built in the upcoming years at the plant. The Chrysler brand has teased two small electrified vehicles in the past four years. One of those products was the Chrysler Portal Concept, a small crossover van designed for the millennial generation and showcasing Level 4 autonomy possibilities. The other vehicle was the Chrysler Airflow Vision Concept, another smaller crossover styled vehicle that was shown this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) which showcased several new infotainment technologies that will be coming to future FCA products.
FCA Canada also has other facilities throughout Canada. These include the following…
Products: Chrysler Pacifica, Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, Chrysler Voyager, and Chrysler Grand Caravan
Products: Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, and Dodge Challenger
Etobicoke Casting Plant in Toronto, Ontario:
Products: Aluminum Die Castings, Pistons, Engine, and Transmission Parts
Research and Test Facilities:
In partnership with the University of Windsor, the facility conducts research and testing for various automotive initiatives. The ARDC is equipped with six road-test simulators and a range of research and development support facilities, including the Automotive Coatings Research Facility and the Automotive Lighting Research Facility.