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.