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Chrysler considering investment in Ontario

Chrysler considering investment in OntarioA worker on the production line at Chrysler's assembly plant in Windsor, Ontario, works on one of their new minivans on Tuesday, January 18, 2011.Chrysler is considering a billion dollar upgrade at its Ontario plant to build a new minivan, which is expected to go on sale in about two years.The Canadian Press/Geoff Robins

DETROIT - Chrysler is considering a billion-dollar upgrade at its Ontario plant to build a new minivan, which is expected to go on sale in about two years, chief executive Sergio Marchionne said Monday.

The automaker company said it is talking with the federal and provincial governments about an incentive package that would help offset higher costs in Canada.

Marchionne said the new minivan is a "huge, tremendous step forward" in terms of its styling.

The Chrysler assembly plant in Windsor, Ont., produces the Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans as well as several other vehicles.

Ontario Economic Development Minister Eric Hoskins was to meet with Marchionne at the Detroit Auto Show on Monday.

"We have been approached by Chrysler about a potential new investment in Ontario," said Gabe De Roche, a spokesman for the minister.

"We consider automakers to be important partners in supporting the growth of our manufacturing sector and the well-paying jobs that come with that."

_ With files from The Associated Press

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