Chrysler Group plans to source new products at its Windsor assembly site in Ontario, giving rise to speculations over the market timing of its next-generation minivan, according to a report by Canadian daily Windsor Star. A union rep told the newspaper that Chrysler Canada management has notified union officials at the site -- which produces the Chrysler Town and Country, Dodge Grand Caravan, Ram Cargo Van, Lancia Grand Voyager and Volkswagen Routan – that it will soon produce new products.
“We’re waiting for an official announcement that could come any time now,” Mike Lovric, Unifor Local 444 vice president, told Windsor Star. He added that he received a 2014 production schedule showing layoff weeks planned for November and December, although the schedule is subject to change.
Union officials believe that the scheduled downtime could be used to retool the site for new models. Lovric told the Windsor Star that a previous version of the production schedule had a shutdown set for the summer of 2014.
The nearly 5,000-strong Windsor site assembled 127,573 Town and Country models and 160,976 Caravans in the first 11 months of 2013, according to the Automotive News Data Center.