Chrysler Withdraws Funding Request for Canadian Plants

Chrysler Group LLC today announced its intention to withdraw all requests for financial assistance from the Canadian government.
Chrysler Windsor assembly plant 1 photo
“It is clear to us that our projects are now being used as a political football, a process that, in our view, apart from being unnecessary and ill-advised, will ultimately not be to the benefit of Chrysler,” the automaker said, adding that it will fund its Windsor and Brampton plants in Ontario out of its own resources “whatever capital requirements the Canadian operations require”.

Additionally, Chrysler confirmed its intention to build the next-generation minivan in Windsor and that production of the Chrysler 300, Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger will continue at the Brampton plant.

“Our commitment to Canada remains strong,” said Sergio Marchionne, Chrysler chairman and CEO. “We have been active participants of the Canadian economy for nearly 90 years, both as a manufacturer and as a seller of cars, trucks and vans. It is my sincere hope that all stakeholders involved commit to do what they can to preserve the competitiveness of the country, and in particular of the province of Ontario.  We will do what we can to preserve and nurture the competitiveness of our operations, but we reserve the right, as is true for all global manufacturers, to reassess our position as conditions change.”

As we’ve previously reported, the next-generation Chrysler minivan will be launched sometime in 2016 with a new Uconnect infotainment system and updated Stow ’N Go seating.


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