New minivan, WAP get $2B overhaul: Marchionne

Monday, January 12, 2015

The Windsor Star/Grace Macaluso

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is investing more than $2 billion in the development of the next generation minivan and retooling of Windsor Assembly Plant, FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne said Monday.

Marchionne also said Windsor is the “natural place,” for a new, full-size Chrysler crossover, “once we determine whether we build it or not.”

The next generation minivan will be called the Chrysler Town and Country, Marchionne told reporters at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The new Town and Country “the best possible minivan you can possibly imagine, the most technologically advanced you’ve ever seen in your life,” he said, adding that it will be on sale in the first quarter of next year.

“It’s my sincere hope you’ll see it here on the stand,” Marchionne said when asked whether the new Town and Country will be unveiled at the 2016 Detroit auto show. A plug-in electric version is also expected to be on display, he added.

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