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All-New Ram 1500 Named 2019 autoTRADER.ca Top Pick

FCA Canada: All-New Ram 1500 Named 2019 autoTRADER.ca Top Pick; Chrysler Pacifica Three-Time Winner

2019 win marks three-peat for the Canadian-made Chrysler Pacifica in the autoTRADER.ca Top Pick awards
First-time autoTRADER.ca Top Pick win for all-new 2019 Ram 1500 – a no-compromise truck, leading in luxury, efficiency, capability and innovation. Ram leads the full-size truck segment with significant gains in fuel efficiency through an all-new eTorque mild hybrid system in both V-6 and V-8 configurations
Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid reinvent the minivan segment with an unprecedented level of functionality, versatility, technology and bold styling. Re-engineered from the ground up on an all-new platform, the Pacifica delivers class-leading gasoline and hybrid powertrains to the minivan segment
Third year of coveted awards, which compare all vehicles currently available in the Canadian marketplace in 14 categories

December 18, 2018 , Windsor, Ontario -

The editors at autoTRADER.ca have awarded both the Canadian-made Chrysler Pacifica and all-new Ram 1500 pickup with 2019 Top Pick awards.

This is the third year of the awards from one of Canada’s largest and most respected automotive portals. Said autoTRADER.ca managing editor Michael Bettencourt: “Our editorial team put every vehicle on the marketplace to a vote by our most professional and trusted auto reviewers of various ages, backgrounds and priorities, all 16 ranking their top three to five choices in each vehicle segment, and then digging deeper – using the results of our comparison tests especially – in a follow up vote to then choose an overall winner in each segment.”

These autoTRADER.ca 2019 Top Pick crowns represent a first win for the all-new, totally redesigned Ram 1500 and the third such award for the Windsor, Ontario-made Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid.

“Still fresh to the marketplace, the all-new Ram 1500 has come out of the gate strong and this latest award from autoTRADER.ca reinforces its strength in a competitive segment,” said Reid Bigland, Head of Ram Brand, FCA US LLC and President and CEO, FCA Canada. “What’s more, the 2019 award for Chrysler Pacifica represents a Top Pick hat-trick for Chrysler Pacifica, which is undefeated in autoTRADER.ca’s program.”

2019 Chrysler Pacifica/Pacifica Hybrid

The Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid reinvent the minivan segment with an unprecedented level of functionality, versatility, technology and bold styling. Re-engineered from the ground up on an all-new platform, the Pacifica delivers class-leading gasoline and hybrid powertrains to the minivan segment. The Pacifica Hybrid takes this revolutionary vehicle a step further with its innovative, advanced hybrid powertrain. It’s the first electrified vehicle in the minivan segment and achieves up to 3.0 Le/100 km in electric-only mode in city driving, an all-electric range of more than 50 kilometres (31 miles) of all-electric range and a total range of more than 800 kilometres (497 miles).

With more than 100 available safety and security features, the Uconnect Theatre rear-seat entertainment system, available 4G Wi-Fi and a full array of comfort and convenience technologies, the Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid are no-compromise minivans ideally suited for today's families and have earned their spots as the most awarded minivans of the year.

2019 Ram 1500
The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 is a no-compromise truck, leading in luxury, efficiency, capability and innovation. Ram leads the full-size truck segment with significant gains in fuel efficiency through an all-new eTorque mild hybrid system in both V-6 and V-8 configurations. Overall weight for the Ram 1500 has been reduced by 102 kilograms (225 pounds). The frame uses advanced materials and engineering to eliminate 46 kg (100 lbs.) while increasing stiffness and durability for 12,750 pounds of towing capability and 2,300 pounds of payload. The new Uconnect 4C with a massive 12-inch touchscreen leads the pickup world with technology, featuring split-screen capability, 360-degree camera views and exclusive content from SiriusXM with 360L. Active safety and security systems join the technology onslaught with adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking and Blind-spot Monitoring.

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Canada’s Best-selling Engine

FCA Canada: Award-winning 3.6-litre Pentastar V-6 Ranks as Canada’s Best-selling Engine for Six Consecutive Years

Over the past six years, 3.6-litre Pentastar V-6 has been under the hood of more new vehicles in Canada than any other single powertrain
A staple in the FCA family, 3.6-litre Pentastar V-6 is found in 14 products today
Incredibly flexible, the engine is adoptable to everything from rear-wheel-drive sports cars to minivans
Every FCA product built in Canada offers a Pentastar V-6


February 6, 2019 , Windsor, Ontario -

Renowned for its refinement, power, efficiency and adaptability, FCA Group’s award-winning 3.6-litre Pentastar V-6 is marking six years as Canada’s best-selling engine.**

First introduced in the 2011 Jeep® Grand Cherokee, the Pentastar is among the most advanced, naturally aspirated six-cylinder engines in the history of FCA Group and a standout in a crowded industry, named six times to Wards 10 Best Engines List. Assembled in three FCA facilities, overall Pentastar production will reach the 10 million mark in 2019.


“Marking more than half a decade as Canada’s best-selling engine is a testament to the sophistication, fuel efficiency and flexibility we build into every 3.6-litre Pentastar V-6,” said Bob Lee, Head of Engine Powertrain and Electrified Propulsion Systems Engineering, FCA - North America. “The Pentastar is a staple throughout the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram family of vehicles, an industry leader and a clear Canadian consumer favourite.”

In Canada, the 3.6-litre Pentastar V-6 engine is available in 14 FCA vehicles, or over half of the full model lineup. What is more, all of the vehicles produced at the Windsor and Brampton Assembly Plants – Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid, Chrysler 300, Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger – offer the 3.6-litre Pentastar six-cylinder.

The 3.6-litre Pentastar V-6 architecture distinguishes itself with flexibility. It can be silken in a Chrysler 300, sporty in the Dodge Durango or beastly in the rugged Jeep Wrangler. With few or no modifications, it can accommodate longitudinal and transverse orientations; front-wheel-, rear-wheel-, all-wheel- and four-wheel-drive systems; 6-speed manual transmissions and 6-, 8- and 9-speed automatic transmissions.

Accounting for its 2019 model year vehicle applications, the 3.6-litre Pentastar V-6 engines contribute to numerous best-in-class benchmarks in Canada, including:

Best-in-class V-6 highway fuel economy (Chrysler 300, Chrysler Pacifica and Dodge Charger)
Best-in-class entry V-6 horsepower (all-new 2019 Ram 1500)
Best-in-class standard fuel economy (Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee)
Best-in-class V-6 towing (Jeep Grand Cherokee)
Best-in-class horsepower (Jeep Wrangler)
Best-in-class standard V-6 horsepower (Ram ProMaster)

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FCA Canada: Jeep® Wrangler and Jeep Renegade Win

FCA Canada: Jeep® Wrangler and Jeep Renegade Win 2019 Canadian Black Book Best Retained Value Awards

Awards acknowledge vehicles that retain the highest percentage of their original MSRP after four years
Ninth year in a row that iconic Jeep® Wrangler has won in the Compact Crossover/SUV category
In the inaugural year of the Sub-compact Crossover category, Jeep Renegade took top honours
Overall, FCA products earned eight Top 3s in CBB’s 2019 Best Retained Value Awards
Valuable information for consumers, as depreciation is the largest expense of vehicle ownership
FCA Canada is only domestic manufacturer to win CBB Best Retained Value Awards with two or more vehicles for a ninth consecutive year

February 11, 2019 , Windsor, Ontario -

A pair of models from the legendary Jeep® brand have earned 2019 Canadian Black Book Best Retained Value Awards.

For the ninth year in a row, the iconic Jeep Wrangler won in the Compact Crossover/SUV category, while the rugged Jeep Renegade took the top spot in the inaugural year of the Sub-compact Crossover category.

Handed out annually, the Canadian Black Book (CBB) Best Retained Value Awards recognize vehicles that have retained the greatest percentage of their original MSRP over the past four years (since 2015). CBB’s awards program – now in its 12th year – guides consumers who are looking for vehicles that hold their value best, thereby reducing the total cost of ownership, a critical purchasing consideration.

For the 2019 CBB Best Retained Value Awards, three new categories were added to address changing consumer vehicle tastes, including one for Sub-compact Crossovers. The highly capable Jeep Renegade earned this freshman award. A global subcompact, Renegade delivers a unique combination of best-in-class off-road capability, open-air freedom and convenience, as well as fuel-efficient powertrains, including an all-new 1.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a segment-first nine-speed automatic transmission. This combination contributes to outstanding on-road and off-road driving dynamics, world-class refinement and a host of innovative safety and advanced technology offerings.

Jeep Wrangler is the most capable SUV ever and exemplifies Jeep’s legendary 4x4 capability. Completely redesigned just last year, it stays true to the original design while providing a fresh, modern take on a renowned profile. With multiple powertrain combinations, including an all-new turbocharged 2.0-litre engine with eTorque technology that features a mild-hybrid system, it is the most powerful and most fuel-efficient Wrangler ever with vastly improved on-road manners for everyday driving. It remains true to its heritage as the original open-air fun-and-freedom machine. A multitude of technology and safety features increases Wrangler’s appeal and extends its reach to new customers.

"With two category wins and eight overall mentions for first, second or third place, FCA turned in a very strong performance this year for the Canadian Black Book Best Retained Value Awards," says Brad Rome, President, Canadian Black Book. "What's really exciting is the Jeep brand winning with the Wrangler in 'Compact Crossover/SUV' for the ninth straight year and the Renegade win in the all-new category 'Sub-compact Crossover' in the first year they were eligible.”

“For a ninth consecutive year, FCA Canada is the only domestic manufacturer to win Canadian Black Book's Best Retained Value Awards with two or more vehicles,” said Reid Bigland, President and CEO, FCA Canada. “To see Jeep vehicles achieve top marks in these awards is a testament to the brand’s overall commitment to capability, quality and desirability. Whether it’s one of our newer nameplates to the brand, Renegade, or the iconic Wrangler that we’ve built from the very beginning, this recognition will guide Canadians looking to make an informed vehicle purchase.”

About Canadian Black Book
For more than 55 years, Canadian Black Book has been the trusted and unbiased Canadian automotive industry source for vehicle values. Canadian Black Book tools and information are considered 'The Authority' for vehicle values not only by car dealers and manufacturers, but also the leasing, finance, insurance and wholesale sectors.

For the past 10 years, consumers have also benefited from the same expert insight. In 2010, Canadian Black Book introduced their consumer website that includes free online tools for calculating a vehicle's Trade-in Value, Future Values and Average Asking Price. Canadianblackbook.com is a distinctly Canadian resource for car buyers and sellers.

Canadian Black Book Best Retained Value Awards
The Canadian Black Book Best Retained Value Awards acknowledge vehicles that retain the highest percentage of their original MSRP after four years. This is extremely valuable information for the consumer, since depreciation is the largest expense of vehicle ownership. For 2019, the awards program analyzed model year 2015 cars and trucks in 23 categories.

About FCA Canada
Founded as the Chrysler Corporation in 1925, FCA Canada Inc. is based in Windsor, Ontario, and celebrates its 94th anniversary in 2019. FCA Canada is a wholly owned subsidiary of FCA US LLC, a North American automaker based in Auburn Hills, Michigan and member of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) family of companies. FCA Canada has approximately 440 dealers and sells Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, Ram, FIAT and Alfa Romeo brands, as well as the SRT performance designation. The company also distributes Mopar and Alfa Romeo parts and accessories. In addition to its assembly facilities, which produce the Chrysler Pacifica, Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid and 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 centre in Windsor, and has sales offices and parts distribution centers throughout the country.

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Windsor Assembly Plant Awarded

FCA Canada’s Automotive Research and Development Centre and Windsor Assembly Plant Awarded by University of Windsor


March 28, 2019 , Windsor, Ontario -

FCA Canada’s Automotive Research and Development Centre and Windsor Assembly Plant have both been given a Co-op & Internship Employer Recognition Award for 2018 by the University of Windsor.

“We are so pleased to recognize FCA Canada Inc. as a recipient of our 2018 Co-op & Internship Employer Recognition Award,” said Judy Bornais, Executive Director of the Office of Experiential Learning at the University of Windsor. “There has been a longstanding partnership between the University of Windsor and FCA that has resulted in many meaningful learning experiences for our students.”

The award recognizes organizations meeting the following criteria: have a longstanding partnership with the University of Windsor; have hired more than ten students throughout 2018; are actively engaged with on-campus activities to the benefit of student learning; and/or have created exceptional work term experiences throughout the year.

“We’re proud to be recognized by the University of Windsor and are grateful for our longstanding partnership,” said Tony Mancina, Director of Canada Engineering, Automotive Research & Development Centre (ARDC) FCA Canada. “Both undergraduate and graduate level students play an essential role in engineering world-class products every single day, and by collaborating together we are helping to shape the future of FCA globally.”

The co-op programs at FCA's Automotive Research and Development Centre (ARDC) and Windsor Assembly Plant (WAP) accepts second, third and fourth year engineering students to provide real world engineering experience. Since 1996, the ARDC alone has had over 500 co-op placements filled by University of Windsor students, and has supported 30-plus Masters and PhD students over the years. In fact, about 10 per cent of the workforce at the ARDC are past co-op students, and 35 per cent are University of Windsor Alumni.

About FCA Canada
Founded as the Chrysler Corporation in 1925, FCA Canada Inc. is based in Windsor, Ontario, and celebrates its 94th anniversary in 2019. FCA Canada is a wholly owned subsidiary of FCA US LLC, a North American automaker based in Auburn Hills, Michigan and member of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) family of companies. FCA Canada has approximately 440 dealers and sells Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, Ram, FIAT and Alfa Romeo brands, as well as the SRT performance designation. The company also distributes Mopar and Alfa Romeo parts and accessories. In addition to its assembly facilities, which produce the Chrysler Pacifica, Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid and 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 centre in Windsor, and has sales offices and parts distribution centers throughout the country.

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Fiat Chrysler to cut 1,500 jobs at Canada plant

Fiat Chrysler to cut 1,500 jobs at Canada plant

March 29, 2019

The Italian-American automaker took the decision, effective from the end of September, to "better align production with global demand," it said

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has announced it will cut some 1,500 jobs at its factory in Windsor, Canada, around a quarter of its local workforce.

The Italian-American automaker took the decision, effective from the end of September, to "better align production with global demand," it said in comments reported in local media Thursday.


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The announcement represents a fresh blow for the province of Ontario following the axing of more than 2,500 jobs announced for the end of 2019 at the General Motors plant in Oshawa, near Toronto.

The president of the Unifor union, Jerry Dias, tweeted: "I am deeply concerned about the 1,500 plus families, the community of Windsor & the Cdn auto industry - all affected by FCA Canada's decision to end the 3rd shift at Windsor Assembly Plant."

He added the union was demanding an urgent meeting with FCA.

Doug Ford, the premier of Ontario, likewise promised to "fight tooth and nail to protect the jobs of the auto-workers in Windsor."

The Chrysler plant in Windsor employs some 6,100 workers and builds the Chrysler Pacifica and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans.

Fiat Chrysler announced in late February the construction of a new auto plant in Detroit, the first for 27 years in "Motor City," as part of a $4.5 billion investment plan to create 6,500 jobs in the United States.
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FCA idling Ontario minivan production for 5 weeks

FCA idling Ontario minivan production for 5 weeks to 'make improvements' at plant

06/29/2019


Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will idle its minivan plant in Windsor, Ont., for five weeks this summer as it makes improvements and conducts maintenance, the company said.

Windsor Assembly Plant will be down from the week of July 8 through the week of Aug. 5.

“Windsor’s downtime has been extended by three weeks to implement improvements or maintenance projects to support new model production. Regular production schedules will resume on Aug. 12,” FCA Canada said in a statement to Automotive News Canada.


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According to a statement from Unifor Local 444, the plant was already going to be idled the weeks of July 8 and July 15 for the regular summer shutdown before the automaker added three additional weeks of downtime.

The news comes just days after FCA said it would eliminate the third shift at the plant three weeks later than originally expected. FCA pushed the elimination date back from Sept. 30 to Oct. 21 “to accommodate a large order,” spokeswoman LouAnn Gosselin said in a statement earlier this week. “After that date, the plant will return to a traditional two-shift operation.”

The automaker has sold more than 14.6 million minivans globally since 1983, though the segment continues to shrink, with U.S. deliveries down 17 per cent this year through May.

Grand Caravan sales are down 28 per cent to 13,199 units in Canada through May. Pacifica sales are off 55 per cent, to just 1,617 units through the same five months.

Meanwhile, Unifor Local 444 President David Cassidy informed his members via a Facebook post that union executives held a conference call with members of the federal Liberal government on Wednesday to discuss ways to save the third shift and its 1,500 related jobs.

“We have been putting pressure on all parties involved to find a favourable solution,” Cassidy wrote. “Wednesday we had a conference call with the key players of the Liberal Federal government. It was a good conversation, and the government is open to help to do their part in preserving the third shift. Now that we have the government going in the right direction on this issue, we are trying to get the company going in the same direction.

FCA announced this week plans to launch the Chrysler Voyager, an entry-level minivan to replace the outgoing Dodge Grand Caravan, although the new model won’t initially be available in Canada. According to Unifor, FCA will be investing about $350 million in Windsor Assembly over the next 12 months for future product.
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Lee Iacocca’s legacy in Canada’s auto sector

Lee Iacocca’s legacy in Canada’s auto sector lives on



July 5, 2019

Lee Iacocca, the legendary American automotive executive who passed away July 2 after an amazing half-century career in the industry, had a complicated relationship with Canada.

As the man who saved Chrysler from bankruptcy in the early 1980s, Mr. Iacocca needed Canada to keep the company afloat. But Canada needed Chrysler, too, and without Mr. Iacocca’s salvation of the firm, Canadians, and especially workers in Ontario, would be far worse off, then and now.


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Mr. Iacocca first rose to prominence at Ford Motor Co., where he was a marketing genius credited with launching the Mustang, landing on the cover of Time magazine in 1964. By the 1970s, he was Ford’s hard-charging company president who clashed with chairman Henry Ford II, who unceremoniously fired Mr. Iacocca in 1978. Mr. Ford, the grandson of the company’s founder, later said he had fired Mr. Iacocca simply because he “didn’t really like him.”

Mr. Iacocca immediately joined a beleaguered Chrysler Corp. The company was selling poor-quality gas guzzlers, was in massive debt, had trouble meeting the fuel economy, emissions and safety regulations of the 1970s and faced shrinking market share. In 1980, Chrysler recorded the then-largest loss in U.S. corporate history, US$1.2-billion. As Chrysler, one of America’s – and Canada’s – largest corporations faced bankruptcy, Mr. Iacocca went to Washington to persuade lawmakers and taxpayers to help bail out the company, and he was ultimately successful.

Less well known is the Canadian side of the story. Chrysler in Canada actually had a larger market share than in the United States, had more workers as a proportionate share of the company’s employment, and Canada produced a much larger share of Chrysler’s cars than the country purchased. In other words, Canada was an essential part of the firm’s North American operations and central to its survival. If Chrysler went bankrupt in Canada, estimates were that 35,000 people would lose their jobs and Canadian gross domestic product could decline as much as 1 per cent, or $1.5-billion. A Chrysler bankruptcy would be even more devastating to Canada than to the U.S.

Because of the integrated nature of the North American car industry, a consequence of the 1965 Canada-U.S. auto pact, Mr. Iacocca needed to have the support of the Canadian and Ontario governments for his bailout to work. He also needed the Canadian section of the United Automobile Workers (UAW), and its tough chief, Bob White, on board.

Both the governments and the union drove a hard bargain with Mr. Iacocca, with lasting consequences for Canada. The federal government agreed to guarantee loans, but only if Chrysler guaranteed jobs in Canada. The government also demanded Chrysler build its new, as-yet-unproven “minivan” in Windsor, Ont., to which Mr. Iacocca grudgingly agreed. It was a master stroke by Ottawa: Four decades later, Windsor has built more than 10 million minivans, and Chrysler’s plant in that city is one of its most important and successful global facilities.

Mr. White was equally tough with Mr. Iacocca, holding firm against the wage concessions demanded by the Chrysler boss to help save the company. Mr. White argued Canadian workers should not be responsible for the U.S. parent firm’s mistakes and avoided the first round of wage cuts, which U.S. union members had to bear.

Although Chrysler’s Canadian workers eventually did have to agree to concessions, the schism between Chrysler’s Canadian and U.S. employees eventually led to the breakup of the international UAW and the creation of the Canadian Auto Workers union, now called Unifor.

But by then, Canada had become the jewel in Chrysler’s North American operations. In the mid-1980s, Chrysler Canada was producing more than one-fifth of the company’s products, 90 per cent of which were being sold in the U.S. The boom was led by the minivan, which, along with the K-car, became the company’s most important products. The Windsor plant gained a reputation for quality, productivity and innovation and Canadian-built Chrysler minivans (including the recently reintroduced Voyager) have dominated the category they created ever since.

Mr. Iacocca recognized the importance of Chrysler’s Canadian operations and the help the company had received from Canada. At an Empire Club speech in 1981 in Toronto, he extolled the Canadian government’s commitment to the company and the willingness of the workers to make sacrifices for the greater good of the firm.

Looking back, Mr. Iacocca no doubt understood, too, the continuing importance of Canada to Chrysler’s operations, a feature he had played a key role in ensuring. Nearly four decades after he became famous for orchestrating Chrysler’s bailout, the company – now part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV – remains the largest employer in Windsor, one of the largest industrial employers in Canada and a major contributor to Canada’s continuing role in the heart of the North American auto sector.

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Ontario writes off $445M in old Chrysler debt from bailout

Ontario writes off $445M in old Chrysler debt from bailout

07/17/2019

TORONTO — Ontario has written off $445 million as uncollectable debt from Chrysler, following the 2009 automaker bailout.

The federal and provincial governments loaned billions to Chrysler to rescue the company and save thousands of jobs during the recession.

Ottawa wrote off $2.6 billion last year that it wouldn’t collect from Chrysler, and a spokeswoman for Ontario Finance Minister Rod Phillips says once that happened, the province had no legal recourse to recover outstanding money.


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But the other part of the former company, Old Carco, has been in bankruptcy since then and its debt is unrecoverable.

The $445 million Ontario write-off forms the bulk of the government’s annual write-off of $607 million for last year.
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