Chrysler has started producing its new 2017 Pacifica minivan at its Windsor, Ontario plant.
Built in 1928, the Windsor facility runs three shifts and it creates minivans ever since 1983. During this time, more than 14 million such vehicles have been sold and more than 6 million are on the road today.
Chrysler claims that the 4.4-million-square-feet factory holds the silver designation in WCM (World Class Manufacturing), meaning that it has a methodology that focuses on "focuses on eliminating waste, increasing productivity and improving quality and safety in a systematic and organized way".
Equipped with power sliding doors and numerous storage spaces wrapped around in the shorter, wider and taller body than its predecessor, the Town & Country, the new Chrysler Pacifica is offered with a choice of two powertrains.
These include a 3.6-liter V6 with 287 HP (283 PS) and 262 lb-ft (355 Nm) maximum torque, connected to a 9-speed auto, along with a hybrid that uses the same Pentastar V6, which was detuned, an electric motor and a 16 kWh battery pack. The first units of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica will arrive in showrooms this spring.