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On June 6, 1925, Walter P. Chrysler established Chrysler Corporation in Detroit. Just 11 days later, on June 17, he incorporated Chrysler Corporation of Canada. Which just goes to show you how inextricably linked the U.S. and Canada are when it comes to the auto industry.

(One could argue that now, with both the U.S. and Canadian companies being subsets of FCA, that we could add Italy to the mix. But one won’t.)

In 1984, Chrysler launched the original minivan. The Dodge Caravan, powered by a 96-hp 2.2-liter engine, was produced in Windsor, Ontario.

1984 Dodge Caravan

Chrysler is launching an all-new minivan, now named the Pacifica. It is powered by a 287-hp 3.6-liter engine. The Pacifica is produced in Windsor, Ontario.

Somethings (e.g., powertrains) change. Somethings (e.g., assembly plants) sometimes stay the same (although the plant, which was built in 1928, underwent extremely extensive construction and retooling for the new Pacifica.)

Somethings are simply hard to categorize: in August 2002, the Windsor Assembly Plant launched an all-new vehicle, the Chrysler Pacifica, this one:

Pacifica1

Not this one:

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

That one is the new one, the 2017. The one now being produced in Windsor.

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