Chrysler cutting minivan output due to a shortage of engines

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 24, 2011

Due to an engine production shortage in the U.S.-Canadian border in suburban Detroit, Chrysler Group LLC has decided to temporarily halt output and to implement rotating layoffs at a minivan plant in Windsor, Ontario. Chrysler spokeswoman Jodi Tinson said that the shortage has forced the automaker to operate just two shifts at the minivan plant instead of three.

Dino Chiodo, first vice president of CAW Local 444, said that the midnight shift for the minivan production was canceled by Chrysler Canada for the week of Oct. 24. In addition, the afternoon shift of the facility will be canceled in the week of Nov. 7.

Meanwhile, the day shift will be canceled the week of Nov. 14. The schedule of skilled trades workers will not be affected by this change. Chrysler declined to announce more details about the decrease in minivan output however CAW officials mentioned a shortage of engines manufactured at a company plant in Trenton, Mich.

According to Rick Laporte, president of CAW Local 444, Chrysler has had a tough time of building a sufficient number of Pentastar V-6 engines at its Trenton, Mich. plant.

He said that the company was diverting engines to assembly plants that produce vehicles in high demand. The Windsor factory has around 4,800 employees. It rolls out the Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Caravan minivans, and the Volkswagen Routan. Last Thursday, one of the three locals that represent the Trenton, Mich., plant workers voted against ratification of the UAW and Chrysler’s four-year contract.

2011 Chrysler Town & Country minivan has that American state of the art technology, functionality and design, as well as all the safety features that families are looking for in a vehicle at a great price.

In the new minivan, almost all customer touch points were re-engineered or redesigned. The suspension has been redesigned to give you an exciting driving experience while the interior cabin has been exquisitely crafted to include smart features that everyone appreciates. The exterior design is also new and sleek.

Chrysler Brand president and CEO Olivier Francois says that he is very proud of the new minivan, the first to wear the carmaker’s new wings. He also says that the minivan is packed with firsts with its improved suspension, power and fuel economy with the new 3.6 L V-6 engine and the improved interior styling.

Chrysler Group introduced the modern minivan in the 1980s with the Plymouth Voyager and the Dodge Caravan. The first Chrysler Town & Country luxury minivan was launched in 1980. Since then, there have been 75 minivan-first innovations introduced and more than 13 million units sold. The company is still the pioneer when it comes to vehicles that move things and people.

Chrysler Group continues to dominate the industry with the minivan first innovations you see for 2011. These include the new Stow 'n Place roof rack system, heated steering wheel, the new super center console and the fuel economizer mode for maximum fuel savings.

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