Chrysler May Build Next Minivans in U.S. or Mexico
Chrysler currently builds the Town & Country and Dodge Caravan at its plant in Windsor, Canada. But Chrysler/Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne has suggested that the company may soon move production of its minivans to other parts of North America, reports Bloomberg. Chrysler is currently asking Canadian government for loans to prepare factories for the production of new models. It looks like whether or not production of Chrysler minivans stays in Canada depends on the amount of money the country can offer. “We’ve got to decide whether you want this or not,” Marchionne told reporters in Toronto, reports Bloomberg News. “And if you do, I’ll be more than willing to stay. Global footprints are global footprints. I’m not using this as a threat, but there are some parts of the world that are desperately looking for capacity utilization, where infrastructure exists, is in place and is operational.” Chrysler is reportedly looking for incentives of up to C$700 million from Canada. Marchionne has also reportedly gotten word from the U.S. and Mexico about moving production there. He said these countries are likely to offer better incentives than Canada. Many automakers, including Honda, Audi, and Nissan, have been moving production to Mexico recently to lower costs. Areas in the Southern U.S. are also popular among automakers for similar reasons. Source: Bloomberg News
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