An announcement about Chrysler’s next generation of minivans is expected very soon although it in’t clear when that will happen.
Speaking to the Windsor Star, Unifor Local 444 vice-president Mike Lovric said “we’ve been told (by Chrysler Canada) that Windsor Assembly is in position for new products.”
Lovric said on Wednesday that the union is waiting for an announcement that “could come any day now.” Chrysler’s Windsor plant is slated for layoff weeks in November and December of next year, likely for re-tooling required to build the new models. Things could change in the coming year, but for now it looks like Chrysler might be preparing to roll out new minivans sometime in 2015.
Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has said in the past that one of the two Chrysler and Dodge minivan twins will be discontinued, although he hasn’t specified whether the Grand Caravan or Town & Country will be axed. Regardless of which one goes, the company is expected to continue producing the current vehicles as a precaution to avoid potential problems at launch. Jeep suffered from a year gap between its Liberty and the Cherokee meant to replace it, especially because of transmission problems with the new crossover.
[Source: Windsor Star]