Another Mopar second shift dropped

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The Windsor Assembly Plant, sole maker of Chrysler minivans, is cutting its second shift on April 17, 2022. Due mainly to parts shortages, the plant has been idle for some time this year. Most observers expected the plant to be making one of three alternative cars as well as the minivans by now—a production version …

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Pacifica gets more features, Voyager moving to fleet-only

The 2022 Chrysler Pacifica is getting more features and small price hikes, while the value-leading Voyager is moving to fleet-only, at least for now. The main reason for this is likely lack of supply, allowing Chrysler to target more affluent customers. The 2021 Pacifica Touring model starts at $36,245; the 2022 model will start at …

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Be patient: new cars may be years out

stellantis platforms

On various forums, some people are impatient for a Dodge and Chrysler comeback—and they’re starting to get itchy, insisting that nothing is really coming and that the ten years allocated to each brand isn’t real. It’s a bit early to be dismissing Stellantis’ promises, though. Each brand was promised a ten year trial in 2021; …

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More Mopar plant downtime; Tavares giving up second job

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Automotive News reported this morning that the Windsor minivan plant and Belvidere Cherokee factory will be down for another week due to the semiconductor shortage. Windsor will then be down for the entire month of September. Belvidere is scheduled to return to duty after October 1, but as at most automakers now, scheduling is week-to-week. …

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Chrysler finally has a leader—from Honeywell

Christine Feuell, Chrysler CEO

Christine Feuell is leaving her post as Chief Commercial Officer of Honeywell Safety and Productivity Solutions to become the leader of the Chrysler brand. She will report directly to Carlos Tavares. While Honeywell might seem like an odd place to be mining for a leader of a car brand, Christine Feuell rose through the ranks …

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2022 300 gets standard nav

2022 Chrysler 300

The Chrysler 300, one of the very few mass-market full-size sedans still sold in America, went through a model pare-down in 2021. For 2022, the UConnect 4C navigation system, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, displayed on an 8.4 inch touch-screen, is standard. The 300 starts with an eight-speed automatic and 292 horsepower V6 engine; …

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Chrysler-Windsor cuts the power

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The Windsor Assembly Plant, original and current home of the Chrysler minivan (and, at the moment, nothing else) has won the Association of Energy Engineers’ Canada Region Energy Project of the Year Award, for cutting the paint shop’s energy use by 8%. That is enough to save 20,250 gigajoules per year—or about the same as …

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A long wait for a new Chrysler?

Chrysler badge (on 300G)

Every brand gets ten years to prove itself. That’s the promise of Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares, and it’s going to be a tough wait for Chrysler, which might go down to a single model before it starts expanding again—then to either succeed or, in 2031, be dissolved, ending a 107-year run and being replaced by …

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Canadian union: Don’t count Windsor, Brampton out

Windsor, the birthplace and current home of Chrysler minivans, will almost certainly get a battery-electric van, according to Unifor Local 444 president Dave Cassidy, speaking with the Windsor Star. He was not revealing a secret: one or two new electric models were brought up in the contract negotiations last Fall. Stellantis said, a week ago, …

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