Future Dodge Muscle Car Production Location Indicated by Unifor Agreement

    Stellantis NV’s Canadian Assembly Plants Set for New Jeep Compass and Dodge Muscle Cars

    Stellantis NV’s assembly plants in Brampton and Windsor, Ontario, are gearing up for the production of new vehicles. According to a recent agreement with the Canadian autoworkers union, Stellantis’ Brampton Assembly Plant will be responsible for building the next-generation Jeep Compass, while the Windsor Assembly Plant will be the first to produce the new Dodge muscle cars.

    The agreement, currently being voted on by Unifor locals representing 8,200 Stellantis workers, includes $2.37 billion in investments into the company’s Canadian operations. In addition to these investments, the agreement offers improvements in wages, pensions, and other benefits for the workers.

    Stellantis had previously announced a $2.6 billion investment to retool its Brampton and Windsor plants, as well as construct a new battery lab in Windsor. As part of the new labor agreement, Stellantis will be investing $1.38 billion into the Windsor Assembly Plant to accommodate the STLA Large architecture. This investment will enable the plant to manufacture plug-in hybrid and all-electric vehicles. Furthermore, the Windsor plant will continue the production of the Chrysler Pacifica minivan and the next generation of the Dodge muscle car. The production of the current Dodge Charger and Challenger models will cease at the end of this year, making way for the launch of the all-electric Dodge Charger in mid-2024.

    Unifor, the autoworkers union, states that the plan outlined in the agreement will lead to the creation of 4,700 secure and new jobs by 2025, effectively returning the plants to a three-shift operation. Currently, the Brampton plant employs 3,385 hourly workers on two shifts.

    With the production of Dodge vehicles and the Chrysler 300 sedan ending in December, the Brampton Assembly Plant will undergo retooling to accommodate the production of the Jeep Compass crossover. The $970 million investment will allow the plant to build both internal combustion engine and battery-electric vehicles using the STLA Medium platform.

    Additionally, Stellantis will bring stamping and welding operations in-house through the introduction of a new tandem line and battery building processes. The plan also includes upgrades to the underbody and paint systems, as well as the refurbishment of existing systems.

    The implementation of the plan is expected to result in the creation of 2,370 secure and new jobs by the end of 2026. The first shift will resume operations in the fourth quarter of 2025, followed by the second shift in the first quarter of 2026, and finally, the third shift in the third quarter of 2026.

    In another investment move, Stellantis will allocate $23 million to the Etobicoke Casting Plant. This investment includes bringing the production of oil pans and front covers in-house, as well as venturing into electrification with battery tray cast beams. The investment is estimated to create 275 secure or new jobs by 2026.

    Stellantis has also agreed to a moratorium on facility closures as part of the agreement, providing more security for its Canadian plants.

    The tentative agreement also includes a close to 16% increase in general wages over the three-year period, the reintroduction of cost-of-living adjustments in the coming year, and a shorter timeline for reaching the top wage level. The agreement was reached on Monday after a national strike that lasted approximately seven hours.

    Unifor members employed by Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co. have already ratified agreements which served as the basis for the Stellantis deal.

    Overall, these significant investments and agreements are expected to pave the way for a promising future for Stellantis’ Canadian operations, creating new jobs and bringing forth innovative vehicle technologies.

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