Chrysler finally has made up its mind about which minivan will get the axe, and the Caravan is the winner. It makes sense to me, as a premium-ish brand should not be selling a utilitarian minivan. A crossover makes much more sense for the brand. If they can execute it as well as Buick's Enclave, I think it will sell. I always like the old Pacifica, no reason why they can't pick up where that vehicle left off.
Also, the linked article confirms that the Compass will die and the Dart will get an SRT variant.
Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne has confirmed that the Chrysler Town & Country minivan will be phased out after the 2013 model year. This will leave only the Dodge Grand Caravan to represent the Chrysler group on the minivan segment in the United States.
The move is part of Marchionne’s quest to put an end to product overlapping among the divisions of the Chrysler group.
The gap left by the Town & Country will be filled by a luxury crossover that might keep the decades-old nameplate alive. It will be smaller than the minivan and it will likely ride on Chrysler’s CUSW platform.
Marchionne did not specify when to expect the crossover but we wouldn’t be surprised to see it debut in 2014 as a 2015 model.
Last edited by whitejeep1989; 05-28-2012 at 11:00 AM.
Does Ford or GM still make a minivan?
Chrysler is the only N/A minivan producer now...and can offer that practicality for familys for a great price. Otherwise, you're spending 25+ k for a base Honda/Toyota equivilent. Buddy of mine Just picked up a Brand New Dodge Caravan for $22K taxes in for some weird Canada Package. Came with pretty much everything but fancy things like GPS, but had the basics like PW, PM, Air, and whatever is considered base nowadays.
Easy like Sunday Morning.
Obviously there must not be enough sales to support both, but the people I know with T&Cs love them and are very loyal. Most have had several in a row and many have kids that long moved out. The Caravan seems much more popular with young families. I cant imagine there is much content difference between a loaded Caravan and a T&C
Lets see what we got in Mexico, we only get the Chrysler version, and is a very good seller.
the caravans rolling here are old and beaten, since we got the 10+ year old ones imported from the US.
so if they change the name to Caravan, people will associate with them.
hope they analyzed the international sales. and hope for their own good, keep the T&C if they dont want to loose vs Honda and Toyota at least on export sales.
Originally Posted by Boyz in da Park
We will have to wait several more years to be able to judge the Chrysler-Fiat thing with any clarity.
Remember, the Daimler-Benz deal allowed Chrysler to make rear drive cars.. which gave Chrysler a strong image spark in the 2000s and also helped every 22" chrome wheel manufacturer.
Last edited by Vettes, Volvos and VWs; 05-28-2012 at 02:49 PM.
The Chrysler 300 is based on the rear-wheel drive Chrysler LX platform which features components derived from the W211 Mercedes-Benz E-Class of 2003 to 2009. For years it was incorrectly believed that the LX platform shared components from the older Mercedes W210, but it has been recently revealed by an LX chassis engineer that it wasn't the case. "One thing that a lot of people said at the time and probably still think is that when we were doing that car, that we were just giving the old E-class stuff and that’s not true at all. They were doing the new E-class, which is called the 211, that was their code name for it. They launched that one year before we launched the LX." Shared components include the rear suspension design, front seat frames, wiring harnesses, steering column, the 5-speed automatic transmission's design, and a derivative of the 4Matic all-wheel drive system. The Chrysler 300 also features a double wishbone front suspension that is derived from the W220 Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
Death to teh suck! The Caliber was the WORST rental car I ever drove (and that includes the Sebring and the Pacifica, both of which explain why an Italian entry level car company now owns them).
I say, bring on the Dart SRT, and I will shed no tears for the three ring circus of underachievement that was the Compass
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