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DaimlerChrysler to build all-new 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country at Windsor Assembly Plant

<< - New model minivans revealed today at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit - Investment in the award-winning plant will make it ready for new models and the future - New minivan features promise continued market dominance >> WINDSOR, ON, Jan. 7 /CNW/ - The Chrysler Group today announced that theall-new 2008 Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivansintroduced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit will bebuilt at DaimlerChrysler's Windsor Assembly Plant. The plant is gettingextensive investment and remodeling to facilitate the production of the newvehicles. The vehicles will also be built at the St. Louis South AssemblyPlant located in Fenton, Missouri. "This is a very important product for DaimlerChrysler as we remaincommitted to the minivan market and maintain our leadership position," saidFrank Ewasyshyn, Executive Vice President - Manufacturing, Chrysler Group."The Windsor Assembly Plant has been building world-class vehicles since 1928,and keeping the new Chrysler and Dodge minivans in Canada demonstratesDaimlerChrysler's commitment to the community." Windsor Assembly Plant Windsor Assembly, which manufactures current versions of the Dodge GrandCaravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans with the Stow 'n Go(R) seatingand storage system, along with the Chrysler Pacifica, is capable of buildingtwo different vehicle platforms and piloting a third simultaneously on thesame production line. A $508 million investment to the plant has produced anew, state-of-the-art paint facility capable of accommodating the dimensionsof at least 11 different body styles, and is scheduled to be operational firstquarter of 2007. The new paint facility will increase manufacturing flexibility, quality,capacity and productivity while reducing material costs, emissions, waste andenergy consumption. The 185,000-square-foot paint shop will be the mostflexible in the Chrysler Group system. The coatings process will be fullyautomated, utilizing robots with seven axes of rotation. A new addition to thepaint process in Windsor will be a "paint sludge dryer," where the excesspaint in the system is captured, removed of moisture, and then reused. The key to flexible manufacturing process is the order in which the bodyis assembled, using a unique underbody pallet system in the body shop. Thismeans that the same production system may be used to build sedans,convertibles, minivans, sport-utility vehicles and sports tourers. Originally built in 1928, today the Windsor Assembly Plant is the largestof the Chrysler Group's 14 assembly plants at 4.01 million square feet. In2003 Windsor Assembly became one of the first Chrysler Group plants toimplement the flexible manufacturing strategy. This year marks the plant's24th anniversary of minivan production and the 14th anniversary of threeshifts of operation. The plant received a J.D. Powers Silver IQS award andemploys 4800 people and is represented by CAW Local 444. The Right Ingredients The all-new 2008 Dodge and Chrysler minivans once again prove they havethe right ingredients to be the best vehicles to move people and cargo. With35 new and improved features, the 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town &Country aren't just practical vehicles, they also have the right mix to be"family rooms on wheels," with something for everyone to enjoy. The newest ingredient for functional family seating is the all-new Swivel'n Go(TM) seating system. Swivel 'n Go offers second row seats that swivel 180degrees to face the third row with a removable table that installs between thetwo rows, covered storage bins in the floor of the second row, third-rowuncovered storage and fold-in-the-floor third-row seating. Swivel 'n Go alsooffers an available industry-first integrated child booster seat in thesecond-row quad chair and an available minivan-exclusive one-touchpower-folding third-row 60/40 bench seat. The 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country are expected tobe in Canadian dealerships in the fall of 2007. DaimlerChrysler in Canada DaimlerChrysler Canada has approximately 11,500 employees. In addition tothe Windsor plant, other manufacturing facilities include the BramptonAssembly Plant and Etobicoke Casting. In 2006, the company produced over600,000 vehicles at the two assembly plants and sold over 220,000 vehicles. Additional information and news from DaimlerChrysler is available on theInternet at: LINK: http://media.daimlerchrysler.comhttp://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/January2007/07/c3675.htmlFor further information: Ed Saenz, (519) 561-9571 (office), (519)981-1362 (cell), [email protected]; Michele Tinson, (248) 512-0366 (office), (248)705-2456 (cell), [email protected]
 
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