When it comes to talk about larger vehicles in the Fiat-Chrysler line-up lately, that talk is mostly around the new Chrysler Pacifica and what It is doing for the minivan segment. One of the most popular larger vehicles that remains popular with the buying public but doesn’t generate the press is the Dodge Grand Caravan. What is next for the Grand Caravan now that the Pacifica seems to be stealing its thunder.
That’s the question The Ellsworth American is pondering. The Grand Caravan was originally supposed to be ending its production at the end of the year and the Pacifica would be taking over as the one-true minivan for Fiat Chrysler. It was all part of a plan to try to limit the various brands from undermining themselves in various segments. That plan has been walked back a bit though. Now the Grand Caravan will get another year on its life, but once that year is up, no one is certain what will happen next.
The Ellsworth American doesn’t have any major leak or idea of what is to happen next. What follows the recent history of the Grand Caravan is a love letter to time spent with the Grand Caravan and a reminder of why it may not be time to let go of it. If there was ever a writer making a case for a vehicle to stay on the market, it is in this lovely tale of a “final ride” with the Grand Caravan. Check it out and think if it may be a good reason to keep it around.
Would you want to have Dodge build you a garage? That’s a silly question, who wouldn’t want a Dodge garage? Think of what a garage door opening with 707 horsepower could do. It’d send that door straight into orbit.
Dodge is running a contest for them to give one lucky fan a custom garage. The way to enter is simple, just have a Dodge car and upload a video to their Facebook page showing why you deserve them to come on over and give you a garage makeover. There is a time limit on that plea, it is 60 seconds.
The contest ends on September 21st and then five finalists will be selected. On October 7th, those same finalists will be voted on by Dodge fans to see who is worthy of the garage. The winner of the contest gets a makeover worth of $20,000 and the four not so lucky finalists will get a Contur Cabinet Ltd’s Hi-Kab Kompact storage unit.
So if you want to win, get cracking on getting that video over to Dodge. Best of luck to all who enter.
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When Chrysler put out their five year plan, one of the most noticeable things that would be happening was the Dodge Grand Caravan would be getting benched. The reason, at the time, was that Chrysler wanted to do less in the brand family to compete against each other. Rather than have multiple minivans, they would concentrate on a single one. The winner of the minivan segment was the Chrysler Town & Country, meaning the Grand Caravan would be no more after 2016. However, Automotive News stumbled across a production document that shows the Grand Caravan may have some life left in it.
The memo states that the Grand Caravan is still planned for 2017, being produced along with the redesigned Town & Country. The new Town & Country is set to start its production at the Windsor, Ontario plant on Feb. 29th 2016. The 2016 Grand Caravan is slated to start this August and to end production in August 2016. The 2017 model of the Grand Caravan will then be almost immediately put into production on August 23rd, 2016.
Since the 2016 run will be brief, there is no slated changes for the newer Grand Caravan models.
Why does it seem that Dodge is going back on their plan to no longer produce the minivan? Automotive News thinks it may have to do with wanting to make sure there is no market loss as the company shifts over to the Town & Country. With the short production life, it may give Dodge the chance to cut production depending on how things go. It will also allow the Grand Caravan to continue to sell in Canada where it is the number 1 selling minivan.
Change is in the air for Dodge. Chrysler announced that two Dodge mainstays will be getting dropped from the brand due to their direct competition with similar models. Dodge will be saying goodbye to the Grand Caravan and the Avenger. Chrysler believes they are competing too closely with the Town & Country and the 200 sedan.
The company’s reason is to move Chrysler to the forefront. They have chosen for the main brand to be the mainstream brand and want to focus the Dodge vehicle more on sport and high-performance vehicles. Because of this, SRT will be consolidated with Dodge and their powerful creations will sport the familiar Dodge halo.
Dodge is planning on giving their current vehicles a revamp to match the new image for Dodge. While the Charger and Challenger are already going to be getting one with their upcoming new versions, the Dart and the Journey will be getting a revamp further down the line.
While it is said to see some popular models go, it does make sense for Chrysler. For a long while now, they’ve been directly competing with themselves with minivans and sedans. If this allows them to focus on one superior product, both the company and the consumer will be the better for it. Still, sad to see them go.
It’s been 30 years since the Dodge Grand Caravan was introduced to the world. In the three decades that have happened since, the Grand Caravan has become the leader in the mini-van segment.
Throughout the years, the Grand Caravan has been the driving force behind innovations that families look for when browsing for a mini-van. One such feature is the Stow ‘n Go seating. As anyone who has ever traveled before, storage can be a major issue. With Stow ‘n Go, the Grand Caravan made it incredibly simple and fast to go from providing seating for seven to having more space. The Stow ‘n Go seats also double as storage containers.
The new 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan comes with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, an engine that Ward named one of their “Best Engines of 2013.” That gives the the Grand Caravan the most horsepower in its class at 283 horsepower.
Minivans have the designation of being the family vehicle. Safety is a major concern and that is why the Grand Caravan is built tough to protect those you care about. The Grand Caravan is a ‘2013 IIHS Top Safety Pick’ and has seven airbags, including front, seat-mounted, knee blocker, and side-curtain airbags, to keep everyone in the vehicle safe.
Who knows the future will bring, there’s just no predicting a thing.
Wards Auto reports that Chrysler is planning to have the majority of the Dodge line-up renewed by 2016. But what is going to happen after that?
Currently, 60 percent of Chrysler products will be undergoing an update before the end of 2016. When that happens, 75 percent of the company’s vehicles will be based on the CUSW platform that is with the 2013 Dodge Dart.
Dodge’s future, right now, will have the Avenger being replaced in 2016 by a combination of the Journey and Avenger. The Charger and the Challenger will be getting refreshed come 2014 and the Grand Caravan will be getting a new look for 2015.
After that, it’s not known what to expect from the car maker. Ward believes that Chrysler may introduce or redesign several vehicles for 2017. Chrysler may even be considering doing away with the Dodge brand. It’s seems absurd, Dodge vehicles typically out-sell Chrysler vehicles. So for now, we’ll just wait and see what the future has in store for Dodge brand.
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November was a blur for me. Didn’t have to work for the first week due to the massive hurricane and following snow storm. This is the case for so many other New Yorkers and they might have even shared the moment when they realized it was already December. For any one in the auto industry, that means it’s time to look back at the numbers for the month. Dodge was the pleasant surprise to see. They were in front of all the others for sales figures.
The top ten of the best selling vehicles in November contained four Dodge vehicles. The Dodge Grand Caravan, Avenger, Journey, and Charger were the most popular purchases last month. The sales from the same month of last year had a huge increase as well. Dodge sold around 40,000 units which is 32% higher than in the previous year. That’s the 32nd straight month of having sales increase.
The Dodge Dart also helped Dodge enjoy a good month. The popular new car sold 4,489 units in November. The total now comes to 19,198 Darts sold all year.
The desire to drive a Dodge seems to have seen an increase in interest. Maybe it’s the Dart really starting to get noticed or people are just getting wise to the quality of other Dodge products. Either way, I wonder what December is going to be like for the brand.
September was already a good month to be boastful about for the auto industry. Chrysler in particular finished the month much better than expected. Dodge was all smiles about the report, in particular to the news that the 2013 Dodge Dart was really starting to pick up the steam on the sales floor. That wasn’t the only thing, however, that the company would’ve been pleased to find out about because in the minivan category there was another surprise.
The Dodge Grand Caravan is leading the pack of minivans available on the market. It’s placed first for the month with 108,127 units. That places it well above the closest competitor, the Honda Odyssey. At the current rate, there’s no little doubt that it will be the best selling minivan of the year.
The 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan is also on the way. The new minivan will be coming with all sorts of new enhancements to improve on the already winning formula. It will have the lowest starting US MSRP of just $19,995 which is $1,000 less than in 2012. You can purchase the vehicle in all new colors including Blue Streak, Maximum Steel, and Billet Silver. The second-row bench seat will be standard on the AVP model which will also recline, fold, and even is removable for added storage if needed.