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.
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.