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Ontario's product mix makes auto industry competitive

According to the Montreal Gazette Southern Ontario's auto manufacturing industry, while it continues to face challenges, has bright future ahead. Ontario's relatively strong and competitive position in the industry can be attributed to its mix of products.

"The good news is Canada's auto industry -- primarily centred in southern Ontario -- is in "remarkably good shape relative to the product mix it has going into 2010 and beyond," said Pochiluk [president of AutomotiveCompass -- an automotive research and consulting firm]"

"Home to assembly plants for Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Co., Toyota, Honda and General Motors, Ontario produces vehicles across key segments -- minivans in Windsor; mid-sized sedans in Brampton, Oshawa and Cambridge; crossover utility vehicles in Oakville, Ingersoll and Woodstock; compact cars in Alliston."

"Operating on three shifts, the Windsor assembly plant -- which builds Dodge Caravan and Chrysler Town and Country minivans -- "is going to be fine" despite strong, new entries from Honda and Toyota next year, said Pochiluk."

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original source Montreal Gazette

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