Fiat Chrysler announced Thursday it has invested $3.7 billion in its Windsor Assembly plant in Windsor, ON and created 1,200 jobs since September 2014. Windsor Assembly is tasked with building the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan, which is currently in early production stages and will reach dealerships in May of this year.
It was not known how much FCA had invested in the Windsor plant until the automaker made the announcement yesterday at the 2016 Canadian International AutoShow in Toronto. The major investment in Canada goes against the trend set by other automakers in moving production to Mexico in order to lower overhead costs.
FCA executives later added that the Canadian government’s decision to tax federal loans to automotive manufacturers and Canadian trade policies would have an effect on its decisions to invest further in the country. Canada recently signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, which would eliminate trade tariffs on Japanese import cars over the course of 5 years, compared to 25 years in the United States.