The front grille of the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica minivan at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, January 15, 2018. Photo by Mark Brown/Blackburn News.

FCA celebrates 15-millionth minivan sold

Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles is celebrating a significant milestone, the sale of its 15-millionth minivan.

The first minivan rolled off the assembly line at the Windsor Assembly Plant 36 years ago on November 2, 1983.

“Reaching 15-million minivans sold isn’t just about hitting a number,” said Tim Kuniskis, Global Head of Alfa Romeo and Head of Passenger Cars, North America. “It’s about the memories families have made and children who have grown up driven to school or practice or on a family road trip in a Chrysler Pacifica or Pacifica Hybrid, Dodge Caravan or Grand Caravan, Chrysler Town & Country or Voyager.”

FCA has produced enough minivans, according to a release from the company, to drive the entire population of more than 100 countries.

FCA has innovated 115 minivan firsts over the past three-and-a-half decades, including Stow ‘n Go seating, Uconnect Theatre, hands-free sliding doors, and the only hybrid electric powertrain in the segment.

“We continue to lead and innovate to keep our current minivan lineup the absolute best,” continued Kuniskis.

Chrysler Pacifica, Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, Dodge Grand Caravan, and U.S. market Chrysler Voyager are all assembled at the Windsor Assembly Plant.

The plant first opened in 1928, and today measures over 371,000 sq. metres. It received a silver designation in World Class Manufacturing in 2014, the first North American FCA facility to reach the award level. About 6,000 people are employed at the local facility.