A milestone has been achieved by the Windsor Assembly Plant as the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica has begun production.
FCA's Windsor Assembly Plant with the first 2017 Hybrid Chrysler Pacifica off production line
Image credit: FCA
The automotive plant underwent a $1 Billion plus upgrade so that there would be more floor space to accommodate the Hybrid Pacifica, gas-powered Chrysler Pacifica and Dodge Grand Caravan being built there. The money was also used to upgrade the equipment throughout the facility.
All of it came from the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles new minivan program in which they have invested over $3 Billion. This allowed the Windsor Assembly Plant to hire 1,300 new employees.
Chrysler believes the Pacifica will be a breeding ground to test how hybrids will be accepted by consumers as they expect to have their fleet of vehicles all go to hybrid by 2023.
The Hybrid Chrysler Pacifica is the most fuel-efficient minivan out there on the market today. It gets its electric power by a 16-kWh lithium-ion battery giving it a range of 53 km, all on zero emissions. The recharge time for the battery pack using a 240-volt plug-in system is about 2 hours.
The Hybrid Chrysler Pacifica is to arrive at dealerships in the coming months with a base price tag of $56,495.
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