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Chrysler Canada marks 90 years in Canada

FCA, formerly Chrysler Canada, to mark 90 years in Canada

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FCA Canada — formerly Chrysler Canada — will mark its 90th year in the country Wednesday with an event for employees that will feature vintage and current Canadian-made vehicles.

The event, at Windsor’s Dieppe Gardens Park, will showcase 20 vehicles spanning nine decades, said FCA Canada spokesman Jordan Wasylyk. “We will have everything from a 1926 Chrysler to the current group of vehicles.”


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FCA operates vehicle assembly plants in Windsor and Brampton along with a casting facility in Etobicoke, and employs 10,500 hourly and salaried workers in Canada. The automaker also runs a research and test facility — FCA Canada/University of Windsor Automotive Research and Development Centre.

The carmaker recently invested more than $2 billion in the retooling of the Windsor Assembly Plant and development of the next-generation minivan. The plant, which resumed full production May 25 after a 90-day shutdown, builds the Chrysler Town and Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans. In Brampton, FCA builds the Chrysler 300 full-size sedan along with the Challenger and Charger muscle cars.

Editor’s note: This story has been modified since it was first published to clarify that the event is not open to the public.
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FCA Canada Celebrates 90th Anniversary

FCA Canada Celebrates 90th Anniversary

Chrysler Corporation of Canada Limited was incorporated in Windsor, Ontario, on June 17, 1925, by Walter P. Chrysler
Milestone anniversary marked with special celebration in FCA Canada’s hometown of Windsor
Rare Windsor-built Evans & Dodge Brothers bicycle on display, alongside several historic Canadian-built vehicles and models from today’s lineup


June 17, 2015 , Windsor, Ontario -





FCA Canada (formerly Chrysler Canada) marked its 90th anniversary today at a special celebration on the banks of the Detroit River and steps from its Canadian headquarters.

The celebration was attended by employees, senior executives, local media and other special guests. Fittingly, the event was held at Windsor’s Dieppe Gardens, the former location of the Dominion Typograph Company. There, in 1896, the Dodge brothers established their bicycle company, a precursor to FCA’s modern-day Dodge vehicle brand.

The Chrysler Corporation of Canada Limited was incorporated in Windsor, Ontario, on June 17, 1925, only 11 days after Walter P. Chrysler founded the Chrysler Corporation in Detroit, Michigan. Chrysler Corporation of Canada was the successor to the former Maxwell-Chalmers Motor Company of Canada.

In 1928, the Company acquired Canada’s Dodge Bros. operations and truck manufacturer Graham Bros., while the Plymouth and DeSoto divisions were also established, making Chrysler Corp. a full-line Canadian auto manufacturer. A year later, it opened its first new assembly facility, the nucleus for the current Windsor Assembly Plant.

Today, FCA Canada is comprised of seven automotive brands: Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep®, Ram Truck and Mopar. It operates two vehicle manufacturing facilities in Windsor (Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan ) and Brampton, Ontario (Chrysler 300, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Charger), plus a key casting plant in Etobicoke in Toronto’s west end. Nationally, the Company has three Regional Business Centres, three Parts Distribution Centres and the unique Automotive Research and Development Centre (ARDC), also in Windsor.

The Chrysler Corporation of Canada Limited’s first President was Ohio-born John D. Mansfield. Today, FCA Canada’s 13th President and CEO Reid Bigland addressed the assembled crowd:


“It is a very special honour to help commemorate the 90th anniversary of FCA Canada,” said Bigland. “Over nine decades we’ve grown into the largest automotive company in Canada and a pillar in the Windsor business community. From humble beginnings in 1925 with 181 employees and 4,500 vehicles built, we’ve grown to 10,585 employees, 596,000 vehicles built annually, 440 dealers and a position as the number one-selling automaker in Canada. I want to sincerely thank our employees, dealers and customers past and present for their hard work and endorsement. I think even Mr. Chrysler would be surprised to see where we are today!”

Media attending today’s event had the opportunity to ride along in a wide selection of Canadian-built FCA vehicles spanning its 90-year history, some of which were on loan and handled on-site by Kingsville, Ontario’s Canadian Transportation Museum & Heritage Village. These included a 1926 Chrysler Model 50, a 1959 Dodge Custom Royal and a 1984 Dodge Caravan.

Also on hand were a selection of present-day models, including the Brampton-built 707-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. The most powerful muscle car on the road today, it sat just metres from an original, Windsor-built, 1900s-era Evan & Dodge bicycle, graciously loaned from the Detroit Historical Society and providing a striking visual for just how far FCA Canada has come in its 90-year history and beyond.

*For additional FCA Canada historic information and photography, please visit fcamedia.ca*

About FCA Canada
Founded as the Chrysler Corporation in 1925, FCA Canada Inc. is based in Windsor, Ontario, and celebrates its 90th anniversary in 2015. FCA Canada Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of FCA US LLC, a member of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) family of companies. FCA Canada has approximately 440 dealers and markets Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram and FIAT brands as well as the SRT performance vehicle designation. The company also distributes the Alfa Romeo 4C model and Mopar products. In addition to its assembly facilities, which produce the Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan (Windsor), Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger (Brampton), FCA Canada operates an aluminum casting plant in Etobicoke, a research and development center in Windsor, and has sales offices and parts distribution centers throughout the country.

FCA, the seventh-largest automaker in the world based on total annual vehicle sales, is an international automotive group. FCA is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FCAU” and on the Mercato Telematico Azionario under the symbol “FCA.”

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FCA Canada marked its 90th anniversary with a special celebration in Windsor, Ontario, on June 17, 2015. Features interviews with Chairman, President and CEO FCA Canada Reid Bigland, and Vice Chairman of the Canadian Transportation Museum, Mickey Moulder.

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An E. and D. bicycle, ridden by John Dodge.

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**Did you know that the Dodge Brothers, who are nearly synonymous with Walter P. Chrysler’s company, also have deep ties in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, the home of our Canada operations?

On Wednesday, FCA Canada (formerly Chrysler Canada) celebrated its 90th birthday, inviting employees, retirees and media to the very spot where Horace and John Dodge teamed with Frederick Evans to form E. and D. That bicycle company (1896-1900) was on what is now Dieppe Gardens park, along Riverside Drive West in Windsor, immediately in front of our Canada headquarters.

Founded just 11 days after Walter P. Chrysler established Chrysler Corporation in Detroit, Chrysler Corporation of Canada started with 181 employees and made 4,500 vehicles in its first year. Today, through the end of May, it’s the #1 automaker in the country, with 10,500+ employees at 11 different offices/facilities, and making nearly 600,000 vehicles a year.

Wednesday’s celebration featured 18 vehicles currently and previously made in Canada, from a 1926 Chrysler I 50 to a 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat.

Click to our 90 Years in Canada Flickr Album to look at some of the cars and activities from the special day.

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