CHRYSLER MINIVAN PRODUCTION HITS 3 MILLION
CHRYSLER MINIVAN PRODUCTION HITS 3 MILLION WINDSOR, Ontario, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Chrysler's minivans
further solidified the "gold standard of minivans" claim as the Windsor (Ontario) Assembly Plant celebrated the 3-million production milestone today.
The historic unit, a champagne-colored 1992 Dodge Caravan LE, was purchased by Lorne Kennedy of Windsor through Courtesy Dodge of Windsor. Kennedy's son, Darcey, works in the Windsor plant's chassis department. Chrysler President Robert A. Lutz gave Kennedy the keys at a plant ceremony. The Windsor plant was also honored during the ceremony for receiving the 1991 Canada Awards for Business Excellence in the quality category. The Canada Awards for Business Excellence were created in 1984 by the government of Canada to honor businesses in all sectors of Canadian industry for their outstanding achievements. Over the past eight years, the CABE awards have become synonymous with the best in Canadian business. The 3-millionth minivan features a 3.3-liter engine, standard air bag, 4-speed automatic transmission, air conditioning, electric rear window defroster, fuel filler door remote release, power door locks, Quad Command bucket seating and power rear vent windows. Chrysler's first minivan came off the Windsor assembly line Oct. 7, 1983. The plant marked the 1-millionth milestone on Sept. 4, 1987 and the 2-millionth Windsor-built minivan was reached June 14, 1991. The 3-millionth milestone includes production from St. Louis II (Fenton, Mo.) Assembly Plant, which began making minivans in 1987. As a measure of the minivan's success, it took less than four years to produce 1 million units. By comparison, the Windsor plant built 5 million units in its first 55 years of existence. Chrysler minivans, redesigned last year and further refined for 1992, continue to dominate the North American market. For the current calendar year through October, Chrysler has a 44.4-percent share of the segment in Canada and a 47.1-percent share in the United States. Minivans are the top-selling Chrysler vehicles in both countries. North American sales for the calendar year total nearly 360,000 units. Compared to the 1990 calendar year through October, Chrysler minivan sales in Canada are up 30 percent and up 4 percent in the United States. -0- 11/12/91 /CONTACT: Scott Fosgard of Chrysler, 313-956-1102/ (C) CO: Chrysler Corporation ST: Michigan, Ontario IN: AUT SU: ML -- DE005 -- 3321 11/12/91 09:21 EST
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