Evidently, Chrysler has decided to move ahead with production of the Rolls-Royce Phantom wannabe, the Imperial. Chrysler had been planning to add the luxury sedan to the lineup at the Brampton Assembly plant along with all of its LX platform mates, the 300, Magnum, Charger and Challenger. However, the local union at the plant rejected a wage concession plan that would have kept the plant on a three-shift schedule, despite that it was endorsed by union leaders.

What, if any effect this will have on the plans to build the Imperial is unclear at this point. Since the Imperial is likely to be relatively low volume and Brampton is the sole source of the LX (and next generation LY) rear-wheel drive platform, it certainly wouldn't make sense to build it anywhere else. A Chrysler spokesman said the union vote would have no effect on product plans through 2009, so the company will likely continue talking with the local CAW to hash out a compromise.

[Source: Ward's Auto World]