While it is not official yet, all signs are pointing toward Windsor as the location for Nissan's next improvement. Nissan and Chrysler have recently announced an assembly partnership that involves each company doing what they do best. Nissan will be building the Dodge Hornet for Chrysler and Chrysler has agreed to build the 2011 Titan pickup truck for Nissan. This expansion seems to pave the way for Chrysler to build the 2010 Nissan Quest or its replacement at the Windsor Assembly Plant.
This would be a win-win situation for all involved, especially the 4,600 members of the CAW Local 444 at the Windsor plant. Due to the decline in sales of minivans, there has been a worry that the plant would lose its third shift and along with it hundreds of jobs, but if Chrysler takes on the Nissan minivan it will mean a thriving assembly plant.
Nissan has not had a good record with its minivan, whereas Chrysler has been setting the bar for the minivan industry for decades. The success of the Dodge Grand Caravan and the Chrysler Town and Country have also enticed Volkswagen to have its 2009 Routan minivan built in the Windsor assembly plant. Sources at the Windsor Assembly plant and the Windsor-Detroit auto industry say the Nissan deal has been in the works for months and they expect it to be announced within the next few weeks.
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