2011 Dodge Challenger also rolls off the line
Chrysler invests U.S. $1 billion since 2008 to prepare for launch of new
Significant launches and investments in 2010 set foundation for 2011
Chrysler Canada ends 2010 on a high note
Plant embraces World Class Manufacturing (WCM)
BRAMPTON, ON, Jan. 7 /CNW/ - Chrysler Group LLC celebrated the launch of
production today of the all-new 2011 Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger as
well as the 2011 Dodge Challenger at its Brampton (Ontario, Canada)
Assembly Plant (BAP). The vehicles are three of the 16 new or
significantly refreshed products the Company debuted last year.
Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne and Chrysler Canada President and
CEO Reid Bigland, along with the Ontario Minister of Finance Dwight
Duncan, Brampton Mayor Susan Fennell, CAW President Ken Lewenza and
other local officials, joined employees in recognizing the importance
of the plant, the workforce and the all-new Chrysler 300 and Dodge
Charger in the future success of the Company.
"The launch of the all-new 2011 Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger
demonstrates how far this company has come in 18 months," said
Marchionne. "The assistance of the governments of Canada and the
Province of Ontario gave us the opportunity to create a future.
Chrysler Group owes a deep debt of gratitude to taxpayers in Canada and
the U.S. for the loans that enabled a vibrant, restructured company to
emerge in June 2009.
"Along with the commitment, dedication and support of our CAW partners
and employees, we are demonstrating what can be achieved when industry,
government and labor recognize the need to come together."
The Company has invested more than U.S. $1 billion since 2008 for the
launch of the 300, Charger and Challenger for assembly, stamping,
material handling and tooling.
"This is an important day for Chrysler Group and the CAW as it launches
two new products, thereby preserving good manufacturing jobs in
Canada," said Ken Lewenza, President, CAW. "The strong relationship
between our two organizations will contribute to the future success of
Chrysler, our employees and the products we so proudly build."
Since June 2009, Chrysler Group has made significant progress toward
building a successful enterprise, including:
reporting an operating profit of $565 million for the first three
quarters of 2010;
reporting the ninth consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases
in the U.S. in December;
investing nearly $1.2 billion into the Company's existing transmission
manufacturing facilities in Kokomo, Ind., to accommodate production of
a new advanced front-wheel drive automatic transmission; increase
capacity and support production of the World Engine and improve
processes for the 62TE transmission program; and accommodate future
production of a new highly fuel-efficient eight-speed automatic
announcing a $600 million investment in its Belvidere (Ill.) Assembly
confirming an investment of $850 million in its Sterling Heights (Mich.)
Assembly Plant and surrounding stamping facilities;
planning an investment of $150 million in its GEMA (Dundee, Mich.)
adding a second shift of production - or nearly 1,100 jobs - at its
Jefferson North (Detroit) Assembly Plant;
announcing that it would add nearly 900 jobs on a second shift at its
Sterling Heights (Mich.) Assembly Plant in the first quarter of 2011;
launching the all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee in May;
launching production of the all-new 2011 Dodge Durango, Chrysler 200 and
Dodge Avenger in December and;
announcing that it will invest $179 million to launch production of the
1.4-liter, 16-valve Fully Integrated Robotized Engine (FIRE) at the
company's Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance (GEMA) plant in Dundee,
Mich., creating more than 150 new Chrysler jobs.
Chrysler Canada Ends 2010 on a High Note
Chrysler Canada has played a vital role in helping the Company meet the
goals outlined in November 2009. As it begins its 86th year, Chrysler
Canada reported a sales increase of 26 percent in 2010, achieving the
highest year-over-year sales growth in Chrysler Canada history. As a
result, Chrysler Canada gained two percentage points of share - more
than any other manufacturer - increasing its market share to 13
percent. Annual sales records were reported for the Dodge Grand Caravan
and Ram pickup truck with the Dodge Journey being Canada's best-selling
World Class Manufacturing (WCM) Achieves Results in Brampton
In preparation for the launch of the all-new 2011 Chrysler 300 and Dodge
Charger, employees at BAP began transforming the facility as part of
World Class Manufacturing (WCM), an extensive and thorough process to
restore all facilities to their original and maximum functionality.
With the implementation of WCM, many improvements have been made to the
Brampton plant, including high-efficiency lighting, upgraded cafeteria,
remodeled bathrooms and freshly painted colorful walls. These facility
improvements have increased the morale of the nearly 2,900 employees
working on two shifts and given them a new sense of purpose. As a
result, employees felt empowered to offer more than 5,000 suggestions
on other improvements that could be made throughout the plant.
The Brampton plant also invested U.S. $20 million to establish a
Metrology Centre onsite that would further improve quality. Used
throughout the Fiat system, the 35,000-square-foot facility joins the
Jefferson North (Detroit) Assembly Plant as one of the first Chrysler
Group facilities and one of only a few Canadian automotive
manufacturing facilities to utilize such technology.
The Metrology Centre employs more than 30 people, who are responsible
for measurement and validation of the body geometry. The tools within
the Metrology Centre are used to verify the capability of the vehicle's
entire sheet metal structure to the smallest of tolerances, as small as
a human hair. The aim is to identify possible deviations between the
product and the process.
Another process used for the launch of the 2011 Chrysler 300 and Dodge
Charger vehicle design borrowed from Fiat is a new roof laser braze
process, which allows for a seamless transition from the roof to the
door opening. Brampton Assembly invested nearly U.S. $12 million to be
the first Chrysler plant to install this new technology.
The laser braze process uses an intense laser-light beam to melt a piece
of silicon wire, applied by four robots, into a predetermined location
between the aperture and roof panel. This fully automated technology
will give the new 300 and Charger the best-in-class sculptural
appearance of many luxury vehicles, while improving customer quality
and achieving optimal process cost reductions.
About the 2011 Chrysler 300
With more than 55 years of elegant proportions and head-turning style,
the all-new 2011 Chrysler 300 delivers contemporary styling with design
details unexpected in the segment. At the front, an all-new grille
features seven deeply sculpted horizontal blades that express
precision. The liquid-chrome finish of the blades and the new Chrysler
wing badge provide a unique contrast against the beautifully drawn
bright chrome grille surround.
The profile of the all-new Chrysler 300 features the distinctive
proportions of its predecessor with added design refinement for a more
tailored appearance. Dramatic front-fender forms rise above the
sculpted hood and are echoed by rear-quarter forms which rise above the
deck lid and travel down the vertical taillamps for an unmistakably
bold signature silhouette.
Combining world-class accommodations with American style, the all-new
Chrysler 300's interior delivers expressive style, authentic materials,
passenger comfort features and precise fit and finish. Substantial
interior upgrades on the all-new Chrysler 300 consist of soft touch
materials, premium interior trim, available heated and ventilated Nappa
leather seats, and real wood appliques on the instrument panel, doors,
center console and steering wheel.
About the 2011 Dodge Charger
With its iconic character, contemporary fastback four-door coupe
proportions, world-class performance, craftsmanship and refinement, and
state-of-the-art connectivity features, the all-new 2011 Charger is the
Dodge brand's flagship that proudly delivers premium, world-class
E-segment sedan precision at an incredible value.
The efficient and aerodynamic exterior of the 2011 Dodge Charger is
spiritually inspired by the iconic second-generation Charger from the
late 1960s, featuring a design that is sure to strike an emotional
chord with Dodge performance enthusiasts of all generations.
Crafted in world-class materials, Charger's passengers are surrounded
with comfort, craftsmanship and style, thanks to premium soft-touch
materials and four available distinct interior color combinations.
Engineered to perform against the best E-segment sport sedans, the
all-new 2011 Dodge Charger SE and Charger Rallye feature the new
3.6-liter Pentastar engine for world-class levels of power, refinement,
technology and fuel efficiency. For maximum thrills, efficiency and
best-in-class power, the new Dodge Charger R/T lineup features the
legendary 5.7-liter HEMI™ V-8 engine with four-cylinder mode FuelSaver
About the Brampton Assembly Plant
The Brampton Assembly Plant sits on 269 acres in Brampton, Ontario,
Canada, about 1.5 hours north of the world famous Niagara Falls. The
building is approximately 3 million square feet and has its own
stamping facility. The plant has nearly 33 miles of conveyors, more
than 600 robots, 80 receiving docks and has the capacity to build more
than 1,500 vehicles daily. Nearly 2,900 people work on two shifts at
the Brampton plant, with more than 2,700 being represented by Local CAW
The facility was built in 1986 and acquired by Chrysler with the
purchase of AMC in August 1987. The plant began production of the LH
vehicles - the Dodge Intrepid, Eagle Vision and Chrysler Concorde - in
June 1992. Production of a new Chrysler Concorde and Dodge Intrepid
began in September 1997, followed by the Chrysler LHS and 300M in April
1998. Production of the award-winning Chrysler 300 launched in January
2004, with the Dodge Magnum following in February. Production of the
Dodge Charger was launched in early 2005. The modern American muscle
car, the Dodge Challenger with the 5.7-liter HEMI engine, was
introduced in 2008.
About Chrysler Canada
Founded as the Chrysler Corporation in 1925, Chrysler Canada Inc. is
based in Windsor, Ontario, and celebrates its 86th anniversary in 2011.
Chrysler Canada's product lineup features some of the world's most
recognizable vehicles, including the Dodge Grand Caravan, Jeep®
Wrangler and Chrysler 300.
Chrysler Canada is a wholly owned subsidiary of Chrysler Group LLC, one
of the world's leading automotive companies. Chrysler Group LLC, formed
in 2009 from a global strategic alliance with Fiat Group, produces
Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram Truck and Mopar® vehicles and products. With
the resources, technology and worldwide distribution network required
to compete on a global scale, the alliance builds on Chrysler's culture
of innovation - first established by Walter P. Chrysler in 1925 - and
Fiat's complementary technology - from a company whose heritage dates
back to 1899. Fiat will contribute world-class technology, platforms
and powertrains for small- and medium-sized cars, allowing Chrysler
Group to offer an expanded product line including environmentally
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