Chrysler Cars and Production Numbers, Canada

chrysler production figuresFor details on production records and how these numbers were calculated, see the first article in this series, “Plymouth US Production Figures 1946-2001.” These tables are not definitive or fully accurate, but are the best I could do with the available information. I would welcome correspondence with anyone who is interested in this material and can correct any errors or misinformation on my part.

— Gerard Wilson, June 2013

Editor’s note: totals are for models or model groupings by generation. In some cases, totals may not be included on a chart, but will be found on the next chart. In other cases, totals on one chart include cars from a prior chart. This is unavoidable if we are to have reasonably sized tables.

1946 to 1952: “Drive with your hat on”

The 1946-48 cars from nearly all automakers were essentially prewar models, somewhat upgraded; the need to convert factories from a wartime footing led the major companies to produce cars as quickly as they could, knowing that demand would be strong no matter what the product was.

C45 Royal, Windsor8215,5793,60010,000

From 1946 to 1948, the only Chryslers made in Canada were the C38 Royal and Windsor club coupes and sedans. Entries are Canadian serial numbers. Model year production reported by Chrysler aggregates Canadian and U.S. production over 1946 - 1948, an aggregate which exceeds the serial number total by 3,950 units. The table totals are serial number totals.

All Chrysler products for 1949 - 1952 had a high body and shot length for optimum interior space, in contrast to the lower and longer products of other makes. For the C45, C48 and C51, standard and 8 passenger models are in the same series. The series numbers for each country and each year are apportioned by the model year totals of standard and long wheelbase units. Standard models were built on a 3.2 meter wheelbase; 8 passenger sedans were built on a 3.5 meter wheelbase. No eight-passenger cars were built in Canada for 1952, but Canada did build the Saratoga, equipped with the new 5.4 liter “Firepower V8.” All enties for 1949 - 1951 are estimated; the 1952 entry is the serial number total.

1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 total
C45  Royal  8 passenger sedan 12
C48  Royal  8 passenger sedan   16
C51  Windsor  8  passenger sedan   19 47
C45 Royal, Windsor club coupe, sedan 4,087
C48 Royal, Windsor club coupe, sedan   4,183
C51 Windsor, Windsor Deluxe club coupe, sedan   3,574
C51 Windsor Deluxe, Saratoga club coupe, sedan   3,306 15,150
C60 Windsor Deluxe,
C56 New Yorker Deluxe sedan, hardtop
4,099 4,199 3,593 3,306 3,911

The replacement of the straight-eight with the V8 allowed Chrysler to consolidate Windsor and New Yorker models on the same 3.2 meter wheelbase. While the cars were restyled with a one piece windshield, new rear window, and integrated rear fenders, they still looked dated as competitors moved on. Model year totals are used, apportioned between U.S. and Canada by serial numbers.

Styling arrives at Chrysler with the $100 million look and the fabulous ’57s

1955 windsorAll Chrysler products underwent a complete transformation for 1955 - 1956 in what was called the “hundred million dollar look.” They were the first Chrysler products for which design, not function, was the first priority. The Chrysler brand vehicles were all built on the same chassis and had powerful standard V8 engines.

Totals for 1955 and 1956 are Canadian serial numbers, adjusted to equal the dual country model year totals.

C62 Windsor Deluxe,
C63 New Yorker Deluxe sedan, hardtop
C67  Windsor Deluxe, C68  New Yorker Deluxe 5,173
C71  Windsor,  C72  New Yorker 7,59812,771
C75 - 2   Windsor 4,585
LC2 - M  Windsor 2,750
MC2 - M  Saratoga 2,3029,637
MC1 - L  Windsor 3,4223,422

These stylish cars gave way to an even more dramatic transformation, the “Forward Look” for 1957 - 1959 (the initial tagline: “Suddenly it’s 1960.”) Chrysler had the most advanced-design cars on the market, but they were completely undone by inadequate engineering and poor assembly quality. The resulting problems on brand new cars permanently erased Chrysler’s formerly solid reputation for quality engineering. Models for 1958 and 1959 remedied the worst defects, but confidence in the company would take time to recover. Numbers for 1957-1959 are from corporate records.

1957 Plymouth cars

The 1957 - 1958 Canadian Windsors were equivalent to the U.S. Saratogas, using the 3.2 meter wheelbase, and the 1959 Canadian Saratoga was the U.S. Saratoga. Model year totals from factory record cited.

The 1959 Canadian Windsor was equivalent to the 1959 U.S. Windsor, using the 3.1 meter Desoto Firedome/Fireflite wheelbase. Model year total from factory record cited.

Unibody appears; suddenly it really is 1960

1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 total
Saratoga 1,616 1,616
Windsor 2,786
Windsor, Saratoga   9,082 10,389 22,257
Windsor, Saratoga, New Yorker   10,135
Windsor, Saratoga 300, New Yorker   14,063 24,198
Windsor, Saratoga 300, New Yorker   17,641  
Windsor, 300, New Yorker   24,505 42,146
4,402 9,082 10,389 10,135 14,063 17,641 24,505  

Yet another dramatic transformation occurred at Chrysler for 1960: not only were all the products (except Imperial) now semi-unitized and completely new, but the dealer networks were rationalized. The Windsor and Saratoga (1960-1962) shared a 3.1 meter wheelbase unibody and were available at both Chrysler-Plymouth and Dodge-Chrysler dealers in Canada, replacing the Desoto at the latter. Model year totals are combined U.S. + Canada model year totals less U.S.

The 1963 - 1964 Chryslers were the last to be designed by Virgil Exner. They were not much larger than the 1960 - 1962 models, but the styling made them appear larger. Chrysler quality was improving, as were public confidence in the company, and sales. Model year totals are from Wards.

chrysler 300

The 1965 - 1966 Chryslers were designed by Elwood P. Engel. They were strong designs, and set a postwar production record during their two year model cycle. The Town & Country wagon was not produced in Canada during 1965 - 1966. When these cars ended their run, with the launch of a trade pact between the United States and Canada, Chrysler centralized all production in the U.S. until the introduction of the J-body Cordoba in 1975. Model year production for 1965 - 1966

The fuselage look

1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 total
J Cordoba 131,746 207,517 183,470 124,811 88,015 735,559
R  Newport   32,210 32,210
J  Cordoba 57,479 27,782 19,147 15,712 120,120
M  LeBaron sedan   6,597
M  New Yorker sedan   56,563
New Yorker Fifth Avenue    90,111 153,271
131,746 207,517 183,470 124,811 120,225 57,479 34,379 75,710 105,823


Chrysler resumed Canadian production with the J body Cordoba coupe, 1975 - 1979. This car, and the companion Dodge Charger/ Mirada, were Chrysler's first “personal luxury coupes,” late but popular arrivals. These were the first Chrysler Corporation cars for North America to be sourced entirely from Canada. Model year production is compiled from monthly totals and changeover dates, with reference to other sources.

Chrysler had to write off a massive investment on the R-body cars, including Chrysler Newport, which were intended to reclaim a place among the large luxury cars where Chrysler had been for so many years. Although the R cars were equal or superior to their GM and Ford competitors, Chrysler's financial situation sent affluent buyers elsewhere. Model year production is from Wards.

windsor assembly cordoba

The second Cordoba, on the Volare-based J body (1980-83), was a downsized, more attractive, better performing luxury coupe than its predecessor, and its market failure was again more attributable to the company's finances than to the product. Canada remained the sole source for this car and the similar Dodge Mirada. Model year production is from sources cited, which correspond closely to one another.

The M platform was introduced in 1977 as a smaller semi-luxury car, extremely similar to the economy Volare and Aspen in all but looks and trim; but with the declining sales and losso of larger cars, it remained in the line until 1989. Chrysler Canada made the LeBaron, New Yorker, and New Yorker Fifth Avenue sedan on this platform from 1981 to 1983, starting in mid-1981; in 1984, it was moved back to the U.S., and Chrysler-brand car production in Canada ceased until the 1993 LH cars. Model year production was compiled from monthly totals and changeover dates.

The revolutionary LH cars and Chrysler minivans

1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 total
LH New Yorker, Concorde, LHS 78,820 168,900 106,680 94,004
LH  Intrepid 10,672 17,366 21,285 24,057 31,398
LH Concorde, LHS   100,242 653,424
NS  Town & Country Lxi minivan   8 0 8
89,492 186,266 127,965 118,061 131,640  

The LH cars, of which Chrysler got the New Yorker, LHS, Concord, and (in Canada and for export) Intrepid, were a dramatic transformation away from boxy front drive cars to an advanced design which made Chrysler a style leader (most reviewers neatly missed the functional advantages of the new styling, which was driven by aerodynamic concerns). The LH cars were the largest front drive cars built by Chrysler up to that time; smart design brought about interior dimensions unheard of in cars of their exterior size.

2000 chrysler 300m

LH production was mostly in Canada, except for a few built in the U.S. between 1994 and 1996. The Dodge Intrepid was sold as the Chrysler Intrepid in Canada. The New Yorker, launched in 1993, lasted only until 1996, while the first generation Intrepid and Concord were launched in 1993 and lasted through 1997.

Model year production is compiled from monthly production and changeover dates. Intrepid units are Canadian model year sales, and are subtracted from Canadian production of the Dodge Intrepid. Net production of the Dodge Intrepid is reported in the Dodge table.

Meanwhile, the NS Town & Country van (1996-2000) was a long wheelbase (3.03 meter), luxury version of the NS vans, the same basic body as Dodge Grand Caravan and Plymouth Grand Voyager but with more upscale trim. At the end of its cycle, the Plymouth Grand Voyager was rebadged as the Chrysler Grand Voyager from January to June of 2000, and the Plymouth Voyager was rebadged Chrysler Voyager, the first short-wheelbase Chrysler minivans.

1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 total
NS  Town & Country LX, Lxi van 205   205
NS  Grand Voyager van 25,161 25,374
NS  Voyager van 19,769 19,769
LH  Concorde 50,319  
LH  Intrepid 19,786 25,520 25,029 16,676 15,583 18,180
LH  Concorde, LHS, 300M 200,951 155,358 90,650 85,496 84,846 788,484
RS  Town & Country van 152,121 138,254 130,554
70,105 226,471 225,522 259,447 239,333 233,580

The second generation LH cars (Concorde and Intrepid, 1998-2003; LHS, 1999-2001; 300M, 1999-2003) were redesigned for greater strength, rigidity, and quietness, with upgraded engines and suspensions; they were even more successful than the first generation. Model year production compiled from monthly totals, changeover dates, and model year sales of Intrepids sold as Chryslers in Canada.

Dawn of the LX; rise and fall of the Pacifica

RS Town & Country LX, Lxi van48,391166,26097,99367,355800,828
CS Pacifica134,20198,15586,52563,44917,071399,401
LX 300 sedan60,856129,672233,781136,81088,602
RT Town & Country van161,276

Between 2001 and 2003, the Town & Country name (now on the RS body) designated the larger 3.03 meter wheelbase vans, but in 2004 the smaller 2.8-meter Voyager vans were also renamed Town & Country; LX was the short wheelbase, LXi was the long wheelbase. In 2005, the smaller Town & Country went into Canadian production; it lasted through model-year 2007. Starting in 2008, there were no short-wheelbase Dodge or Chrysler minivans. Model year production between 2001 and 2004 is compiled from monthly totals and changeover dates. Model year production for 2005 - 2007 is estimated from monthly production and changeover dates, apportioned between the larger and smaller van on the basis of U.S. model year sales of each.

Chrysler Pacifica frontChrysler called the minivan-based Pacifica (2004-08) a “sports tourer;” it was a large wagon with 3 rows of seats, a high stance characteristic of utilities, and passenger-car styling. It was an innovative vehicle, well thought out and built, but it did not generate the volume needed for survival, and was discontinued during Chrysler's financial difficulties.


After nine disastrous years, Daimler finally ejected Chrysler — one of the world’s most profitable automakers in 1998, losing money and sales every year Daimler fully took over management in the mid-2000s — into the waiting hands of Cerberus Capital Management, spurning an offer from the more-qualified Canadian auto supplier Magna. There was great hope and optimism until Cerberus but Bob Nardelli, who had been ejected from Home Depot with a diamond-encrusted golden parachute, in charge.


Chrysler continued its disastrous cost-cutting until forced into bankruptcy in 2008; in a deal sponsored by the U.S. and Canadian governments, Fiat ended up controlling the American automaker. Under new CEO Sergio Marchionne, Fiat invested large sums of time and money into Chrysler, hiring thousands of engineers, recalling laid off employees, and bolstering quality and design. Putting money into the existing cars, ending the cost-cutting and replacing it with lavish interiors and new features, turned the company around, and Chrysler rapidly became profitable again, slowly recapturing lost market share.

  2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 total
LX 300 sedan 33,968 62,518 30,575 56,897
RT Town & Country van 68,486 169,007 70,632 108,023
102,454 231,525 99,912 164,820

Chrysler 300 was dramatically upgraded for 2011, but the company also eliminated low-end models, particularly in 2012, to improve lease deals; some customers were lost to Dodge and Chrysler 200, but the residual values skyrocketed. The RT Town & Country was also dramatically upgraded for 2010, and retail sales shot up, though they remained stubbornly below past heights. Part of the problem for both cars was new competition, particularly in the minivan segment.


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  16. Articles about Chrysler cars and minivans on this website have also been used as source material for this table.

Also see Chrysler history by year

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