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Dodge to stop making the Grand Caravan even though it's their best selling vehicle
Daily Mail ^ | 10/10/11 | Daily Mail Reporter

Posted on 10/10/2011 6:00:11 PM PDT by Teflonic

Chrysler is getting rid of the soccer mom staple Dodge Grand Caravan minivan, the company announced on Monday.

2013 will be the last year the Caravan is sold, despite the fact it is currently the best selling Dodge vehicle on the market.

The more upscale Chrysler Town and Country minivan will continue on as the only van the company offers.

Chrysler created the modern minivan in when they introduced the 1984 model year Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager models.

Chrysler will replace the Dodge Grand Caravan minivan and the Dodge Avenger mid-sized sedan with a single crossover in 2013, Chrysler Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne said in an interview with the publication in Turin, Italy.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: autobailout; automobiles; bailout; cars; chrysler; dodge; fiat; michigan
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Government run companies are just so efficient and logical, no wonder so many want their lives run by the government as well. [huge sarc]
1 posted on 10/10/2011 6:00:16 PM PDT by Teflonic
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To: Teflonic

Must be orders from headquarters, err, I mean Washington.


2 posted on 10/10/2011 6:03:52 PM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: Teflonic

And one would have thought the Caravan to be the type to be government-approved as well. Way to go to shoot company in foot. Fare thee well, Chrysler . . . we hardly knew ye.


3 posted on 10/10/2011 6:04:08 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Teflonic

Central Planning is awesome, isn’t it? Just look at that stupid VOLT! Couple thousand sold, huh?

Nuttin’ like a ‘gummit owned company to crank out the correct products.


4 posted on 10/10/2011 6:04:13 PM PDT by laweeks
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To: Teflonic
Cars that don't sell? Like the Volt? Push 'em! Push 'em! They'll catch on eventually!

Best-selling model? Kill it. No one wants that old thing.

And the economy is in the crapper, why?

5 posted on 10/10/2011 6:05:00 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The USSR spent itself into bankruptcy and collapsed -- and aren't we on the same path now?)
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To: Teflonic

Maybe we’re all going to take a Presidential risky bet of an investment of sun-powered cargo vans - it’s all OK ‘cuz there were Obama Bundlers as co-investors.


6 posted on 10/10/2011 6:05:17 PM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all......)
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To: Teflonic

Methinks the decision might have a little sense to it. Chrysler - at least - appears to be trying to make cars folks want, as opposed to Chevy Volts.

Had it been a government creti...er...minion, the decision would have been to make the Caravan all electric - with a range of 10 miles and a recharge time of 23 hours.


7 posted on 10/10/2011 6:06:35 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Teflonic

I always had a soft spot for Dodge. I bought their neons and got a lot of use out of them. My family van when I was a child was a Dodge passenger van. I also owned a dodge stratus, and it was a very good car for me. However, I bought a 2007 Dodge Caliber AWD. I never seen a car loaded with so many problems. I had to get rid of it because its rising maintenance costs, and my expanding family. Unfortunately, I predict Dodge/Chrysler will no longer exist in the coming years due to the events of the past several years. Its sad really, because car manufacturing was something we did better than everyone else.


8 posted on 10/10/2011 6:07:49 PM PDT by castlegreyskull
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To: Teflonic

That is the vehicle my Daughter drives. She probably qualifies as a soccer mom too.

Their other vehicle is a Toyota Camry.


9 posted on 10/10/2011 6:08:21 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: ClearCase_guy

Margins on the Caravan may not be good enough.


10 posted on 10/10/2011 6:09:24 PM PDT by mewzilla (Forget a third party. We need a second one.)
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To: Teflonic
thestupiditburns
11 posted on 10/10/2011 6:13:16 PM PDT by Drill Thrawl (0 - 537 They ALL must go.)
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To: Teflonic

Why don’t they just get it over with and give us all a volkswagon. You know from that other experiment in corporatist central planning.

Oh wait. They already did that. Its the Volt.

They should rename it the Voltwagon.

All hail Obama.


12 posted on 10/10/2011 6:15:59 PM PDT by barstoolblues (Neither teabagger nor tyrant)
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To: Teflonic

Why don’t they just get it over with and give us all a volkswagon. You know from that other experiment in corporatist central planning.

Oh wait. They already did that. Its the Volt.

They should rename it the Voltwagon.

All hail Obama.


13 posted on 10/10/2011 6:16:18 PM PDT by barstoolblues (Neither teabagger nor tyrant)
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To: Teflonic

Ridiculous! Morons at motor companies BUMP!


14 posted on 10/10/2011 6:17:13 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: barstoolblues

. . you can say that again, . . oh , wait


15 posted on 10/10/2011 6:17:34 PM PDT by de.rm ('Most people never believe anything you tell them unless it isn't true."-Groucho Marx)
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To: castlegreyskull
It was all downhill for Dodge since the mid 70's . THIS was made when Dodge was Dodge !
16 posted on 10/10/2011 6:21:34 PM PDT by sushiman
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To: Teflonic

Fiat.........


17 posted on 10/10/2011 6:22:57 PM PDT by Red Badger (Furthermore, I think Obama must be impeached....................)
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To: castlegreyskull
I drove a 95 Neon in Germany for about eight years. I gave it to a newly married colleague when I rotated back to the CONUS. I love my Ram Diesel 1-Ton. I'm glad my model doesn't require the new urine based antipollutant additive for the exhaust system.

Farewell Dodge. We'll miss ya.

18 posted on 10/10/2011 6:23:54 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear (No More RINOs!!!)
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To: Teflonic

That’s what our Leftist government has been pushing for for the last 40 years - investment in losers whether companies, ideas, or people.


19 posted on 10/10/2011 6:24:15 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Teflonic

I bought a new Caravan once but I will never buy another GM or Chrysler vehicle. I am a Ford man for life now thanks to that kenyan we have in the whitehouse.


20 posted on 10/10/2011 6:25:47 PM PDT by lwoodham (There are 10 kinds of people, those who understand binary and those who don't.)
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To: saganite

Wait... Doesnt Fiat own Chrysler Corp (Dodge) now? Uh, it’s hard to know which is more incompetent at cars.


21 posted on 10/10/2011 6:28:07 PM PDT by Afterguard
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To: Teflonic

But they will keep making the Town & Country which costs more and has more features. At a time when people do not have money.


22 posted on 10/10/2011 6:29:29 PM PDT by GILTN1stborn (Can you hear me now?)
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To: sushiman
Ah... Hemi Challenger...

The real one that is...

23 posted on 10/10/2011 6:30:01 PM PDT by NoCmpromiz (John 14:6 is a non-pluralistic comment.)
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To: Teflonic

Okaaaaaay.

Maybe it’s just silly old me but I don’t get it.


24 posted on 10/10/2011 6:31:46 PM PDT by Mears
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To: Teflonic
prolly the same geniuses what killed the station wagon which spawned the minivan in the first place, except now there's nothing to put in it's place
25 posted on 10/10/2011 6:32:08 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: NoCmpromiz

“Ah... Hemi Challenger...”

Vanishing Point...

an old and cool movie.


26 posted on 10/10/2011 6:32:47 PM PDT by lwoodham (There are 10 kinds of people, those who understand binary and those who don't.)
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To: laweeks
All this BS reminds me of a Nail factory in the old Soviet Union. I talked to a guy who managed to escape from the USSR and he told me that the gov. would tell them to produce so many lbs of nails per shift. So in order to make the weight requirement they produced the biggest nails they made. When the government protested that they need more nails, not more weight, the factory then shifted to making the smallest nails in order to bring the numbers up. They very seldom made nails that anyone wanted, or at least no nails anyone wanted in great numbers.

Governments are incapable of running a business at a decent profit.

27 posted on 10/10/2011 6:34:28 PM PDT by calex59
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To: de.rm

I don’t know why it keeps doing that.

I apologize.


28 posted on 10/10/2011 6:34:42 PM PDT by barstoolblues (Neither teabagger nor tyrant)
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To: Teflonic

The Caravan is on an old platform. It needs to be replaced by something be that called Caravan or something else.


29 posted on 10/10/2011 6:38:19 PM PDT by decimon
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To: Teflonic

Between my husband and I we owned 4 of them. Great vehicle to schlep a bunch of kids around in. Don’t have one now because almost all the kids are grown, but they were a great car for a family.

Now, I only had a handful of business courses in college, but I don’t remember getting rid of your most popular selling item as being part of any theory i was taught. Maybe that was covered on the day I was out.


30 posted on 10/10/2011 6:46:42 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: KosmicKitty

Our Caravan is 14 years old now. It has served us well on vacations, dragging around our boat, taking Scouts on camping trips, carrying home lumber for household projects, and everything in between. It has been a great family vehicle.


31 posted on 10/10/2011 6:50:20 PM PDT by Think free or die
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To: GILTN1stborn
But they will keep making the Town & Country which costs more and has more features. At a time when people do not have money.

They are acting as if they are the only car maker, all this will do is send their customers elsewhere to find a minivan at that price point. Those lost customers will likely find their new honda, mazda, ford, etc much better than the Dodge they used to buy and never go back. So yeah, this smells like a death throe for the company.

32 posted on 10/10/2011 6:52:37 PM PDT by Teflonic
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To: sushiman

Love it. That and the Cuda...

Excellent pic...thx for the post.. had an immediate ‘flashback’ :)


33 posted on 10/10/2011 6:53:59 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman (HANK for President! 2012)
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To: Grizzled Bear

The Neon was a good car. The the Dodge Truck is still a good buy. I just think the company is sinking, and will become extinct.


34 posted on 10/10/2011 6:57:17 PM PDT by castlegreyskull
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To: sushiman

Just the Good Ole Boys.


35 posted on 10/10/2011 6:59:35 PM PDT by castlegreyskull
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To: Teflonic

Doesn’t matter...union-built. I doubt anyone on this site is DUMB ENOUGH to buy a car from the America-hating UAW.


36 posted on 10/10/2011 7:00:26 PM PDT by BobL (I want a Conservative for 2012, not Perry)
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To: calex59

This reminds me of a story someone told back when the Soviet Union was at it’s height.

They were on the Trans-Siberian railway far out in the sticks of subarctic Russia. At a station stop the person noticed a long eastbound train loaded with dimensional lumber, in the hole (the siding).

In the distance, a westbound freight could be seen approaching. As it finally rushed by, the observer noted that it was also loaded with dimensional lumber, bound for wherever the other train had originated from.

Such are the perils of centralized government economic planning.


37 posted on 10/10/2011 7:01:26 PM PDT by SnuffaBolshevik ("The trouble with internet quotations is that you don't know if they are true"-Abraham Lincoln.)
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To: GILTN1stborn

I guess the VW Routan, a rebadged Chrysler Town and Country, is also dead.


38 posted on 10/10/2011 7:04:42 PM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: Teflonic
...this smells like a death throe for the company.

You are correct. Read auto industry news. New owner Fiat will use the Chrysler network to promote their own brands, Fiat, Alfa-Romeo and Maserati. I doubt this will prove successful, but even if it is, Chrysler and Dodge are dead.

39 posted on 10/10/2011 7:07:11 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: Teflonic

Ahhh, '69 Hemi Cuda - a real car if there was ever one built!

40 posted on 10/10/2011 7:07:28 PM PDT by RobertClark (It's better to look goofy with a rifle, than civilized with an exit wound.)
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To: Teflonic
When I first heard this news on the radio today I was so disappointed. However, print articles mentioned that the Chrysler Caravan would still be made. We have owned two Dodge/Chrysler minivans since '85 and leased our last two. We bought our first one before my youngest daughter was born. They were great vehicles for long trips to see grandparents, as a porta-potty fit nicely in the back. As my daughters grew, the minivans carted classmates on field trips, helped move things in and out of the girls' dorm, and facilitated moves to their first apartments when they started work after graduation. Now that we are empty nesters, my husband and I can throw our bicycles in the back if need be. The most important use now for me is that my mother's wheel chair fits easily in the back. As more and more people of my generation take on the care of their aging parents, they will need a vehicle that can handle a wheel chair. I've rented GM's HHR crossover when visiting my mother-in-law. It can handle a wheelchair too, but not with as much ease.
41 posted on 10/10/2011 7:09:26 PM PDT by stayathomemom (Beware of kittens modifying your posts.)
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To: Teflonic

The Dodge Caravan (and Town and Country) are the only minivans with seats that fold down into the deck, making a cargo van out of a minivan. Dodge/Chrysler spent millions of dollars inventing a way to store the seats below the deck. You can practically live in one, especially if you’re a man and don’t really need an indoor bathroom.
I’m just glad the Town and Country will still be manufactured. I rent one every year for Burning Man in Nevada, they’re great!!


42 posted on 10/10/2011 7:24:40 PM PDT by JoeFromCA
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To: Outlaw Woman; Borough Park; NoCmpromiz

In 1970 I was 18 . Bought a second hand Camaro SS 350 hardtop and she was my baby until 1973 when I made the huge mistake of selling her to my cousin and buying a new 1973 Z-28 ( special order 16 weeks wait ) . LEMON from day 1 . Nightmare . Never bought another “ new “ GM vehicle . Shoulda bought a Cuda or Challenger ! : )


43 posted on 10/10/2011 7:33:45 PM PDT by sushiman
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To: Drill Thrawl

if only it did.


44 posted on 10/10/2011 7:34:19 PM PDT by 23 Everest (When seconds count. The police are just minutes away. 831 Bonnie)
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To: Teflonic

Hyundai/Kia makes a pretty good van with non-union labor and 10 year warranty.

Good-bye old Dodge/Plymouth. This is the vehicle that saved Chrysler the first time. Built on a K-car platform.

FUBO and FUGovMotors


45 posted on 10/10/2011 7:36:57 PM PDT by wetgundog (" Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is no Vice")
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To: Red Badger

>Fiat.........<

Fix It Again Tony!

My ‘70 Challenger will NEVER be a freakin’ Fiat. Never.


46 posted on 10/10/2011 7:38:23 PM PDT by Darnright ("I don't trust liberals, I trust conservatives." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca)
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To: Afterguard

Yes, Obama saved the U.S. automaker Chrysler by selling them to Italy’s Fiat.


47 posted on 10/10/2011 7:40:03 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Obama wins in 2012.)
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To: sushiman

Awwww...that’s not a good memory at all!

I had a 1986 IROC...Z28. THAT was my baby. I had a love affair with that car. Waxed it 2 times a month. Covered it even in the garage! It was a beauty. Then....like you made a mistake of trading. Bought a 454 Chevy Pickup. It was ok; didn’t give me any problems but it wasn’t my baby.

*sigh*


48 posted on 10/10/2011 7:43:35 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman (HANK for President! 2012)
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To: SERKIT

Maybe Chrysler should send someone to Russia and see if they can work out a deal to produce the Lada in the U.S.


49 posted on 10/10/2011 7:43:37 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Verginius Rufus

About Russian cars ...

When we visited SIL and her family over there several years ago, our middle son was about 9 years old.

He finally said something about seeing that same car everywhere! Is it following us?

His uncle laughed and said no, there’s pretty much only one kind of car over here.


50 posted on 10/10/2011 7:51:24 PM PDT by Cloverfarm (This too shall pass ...)
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