Skip to comments.Dodge to stop making the Grand Caravan even though it's their best selling vehicle
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.
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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!!
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 ! : )
if only it did.
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
Fix It Again Tony!
My ‘70 Challenger will NEVER be a freakin’ Fiat. Never.
Yes, Obama saved the U.S. automaker Chrysler by selling them to Italy’s Fiat.
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.
Maybe Chrysler should send someone to Russia and see if they can work out a deal to produce the Lada in the U.S.
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.
73 Plymouth Duster (that I used to drive) in my garage, waiting for re$toration. It runs, but needs a little body work. Interior is new. And has every factory option.
it’s a piece of junk, good riddance
runs great for about 6 months, then...odd noises. that the mechanics can’t find. then more odd noises. then recall notices on various parts, 2 or 3 a year
traded it and a big wad of cash for a mercedes; happy now
In 1970 I was older than you. Hmmm... guess that means I still am.. Anyway, was looking at a Hemi Cuda then but the finances said no to a new car. Ended up with a used '64 GTO... Sure miss those old real muscle cars...
And now we have such great choices as the Dolt, er, Volt and other great 'cars' from Government Motors and some Italian company pretender.. I was never a Ford person, but if I am to buy and American car now, it would be a Ford since they didn't take any of my tax money as a political payoff...
FIAT = Fix It Again, Tony
I own an 02 that I inherited from my Dad. I was skeptical at first, having been a small car guy. While a bit of a gas hog, is has been a reliable workhorse. The ride and handling are solid, particularly here in snowy upstate NY. I would another one when the time comes. I’d be sorry to see the model go, but maybe Corporate is more clever than we think. A second Obama term would likely mean $8/gal. gas. Who’ll be able to afford to drive a Grand Caravan?
Don’t forget, we’re talking about a company run by a government that thinks it’s a great idea to give $500 million to another company which makes solar panels for $6 and can only sell them for $3.
It would be hilarious if it weren’t so tragic.
Gee, why can't Chrysler/Dodge/Fiat make a profit? Was this a command from the White Hut?
reminds me of the brilliant marketing tactic used in the 80's when Coke came out with "New Coke".