Stellantis has announced plans to invest US$2.8 billion (CA$3.6 billion ) into its Canadian operations, while also securing the future of plants in Brampton and Windsor.
The latter is big news as the future of the Brampton plant had been in question given that the current Chrysler 300, Dodge Challenger, and Dodge Charger are slated to go out of production in late 2023.
However, thanks to today’s investment, the plant will be retooled and fully modernized beginning in 2024. Production will resume a year later and the facility will turn out vehicles based on an “all-new, flexible architecture.” The company didn’t go into specifics, but confirmed the plant will build at least one electric vehicle.
The Windsor Assembly Plant will be “transformed to support production of a new multi-energy vehicle architecture that will provide battery-electric capability for multiple models.” Retooling is expected to begin in 2023 and it appears the plant will also continue to build the Chrysler Pacifica, Voyager, and Canada-only Grand Caravan.
The good news doesn’t end there as Stellantis said both plants are expected to return to three shifts thanks to demand for the new products they’ll be building. Furthermore, the automaker announced the Windsor-based Automotive Research and Development Centre will add more than 650 highly skilled engineering jobs as it focuses on “electrified propulsion systems, including batteries, power electronics, electric machines, motor controls, energy management and embedded software.” The ARDC will also become home to a new battery lab that spans 100,000 square feet and is slated for completion by the end of 2023.
Speaking at the event, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said “Today’s deal on made-in-Canada electric vehicles is yet another investment in our workers and in our future.” He added, “We’re building a world-class Canadian auto industry, an innovative economy and a clean, strong future for everyone.”