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Ontario investing in FCA

by Bill Cawthon on

The Ontario provincial government has announced a grant to FCA Canada operation of around US$66 million.

A new Chrysler Pacifica comes off Windsor Assembly Line

FCA had sought government aid when it needed to spend billions of dollars to upgrade the Windsor Assembly Plant for the Pacifica minivan, but the quest became a political football. CEO Sergio Marchionne made the upgrades without government involvement; and so Canadian government officials were snubbed at last month’s Pacifica launch.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Economic Development Minister Brad Duguid were joined by Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkins for a presentation at FCA Canada’s Automotive Research and Development Center, a joint program of FCA Canada and the University of Windsor.  Part of the money is for a new lab at the Center.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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