2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Minivan Rolls Off Windsor Assembly Line
Yesterday, the FCA US Windsor Assembly Plant in Ontario became the production site of the industry’s first-ever electrified minivan. The all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid rolled off the assembly line sporting an EPA-rated 84 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe)
In addition to being the industry’s first electric minivan, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is also the first electric vehicle of any kind to be built on the Windsor assembly line.
“The nearly 5,900 employees at Windsor Assembly are bringing more than 33 years of minivan production knowledge and expertise to the launch of the Pacifica Hybrid,” said Brian Harlow, Head of Manufacturing for FCA North America. “They understand, now more than ever, how critical it is for our manufacturing processes to be directly connected to our diverse and expanding customer base.
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“Building the Dodge Grand Caravan, the Chrysler Pacifica with the traditional gas powertrain and now the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid on the same assembly line requires the expanded application of World Class Manufacturing methods and tools to ensure we deliver world class quality in every vehicle we make,” added Harlow. “The Windsor team is proud to build the industry’s first hybrid minivan, and is confident that it will provide a positive and delightful experience to our future customers.”
The Windsor plant’s long history includes launching the first minivan in 1983. Since then, the facility has built 10 million of the more than 14.3 million vehicles that have been sold to date.
In addition to its impressive 84 MPGe rating, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid also boasts an EPA-approved 33-mile all-electric range and 566-mile total range.
“Minivan drivers travel an average of around 30 miles each day, meaning that most Pacifica Hybrid owners will be able to complete their daily activities solely on electric power,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands for FCA. “For those longer weekend trips, the 33-mile all-electric range combined with a full tank of fuel will deliver an expected total range of 566 miles, alleviating the potential of any range anxiety.”
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