Posted on June 9, 2016
Dodge Grand Caravan Was Expected to End, Then THIS Happened
When Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne launched the Chrysler Pacifica minivan on May 11th he was also asked about the production run of the Dodge Grand Caravan. Although a Pacifica-based crossover was rumoured to get built by FCA, it is clear from Marchionne that it’s not happening this year.
So Dodge Grand Caravan fans in Toronto will be happy to hear that your favorite minivan will continue to be produced until the middle of 2019. After the market for minivans reached its peak for families around the turn of the century, it slowly declined over the past fifteen years. Recent rumours indicated that a full-size crossover model based on the new Pacifica was supposed to start production in 2018, but those plans have been put on hold so that the Grand Caravan can be continued for at least a couple more years. Design of the full-size crossover was set to compete with many other large crossovers like the Nissan Pathfinder, Buick Enclave, Toyota Highlander and Ford Explorer.
Along with the Chrysler Town & Country, the Dodge Grand Caravan has been a steady top seller right across North America. Valued for its incredible entry-level price, the Grand Caravan offers collapsing second row seats that disappear into the floor, a fantastic storage system and soft-touch fabrics that make it the minivan that has the most awards in existence.
Dodge Grand Caravan Production Continuing until 2019
It was expected that the Dodge Grand Caravan was going to be killed off this year, and that a full-size crossover that would have hybrid options was coming down the pipe to replace it. The Financial Post had reported in 2014 that the two minivans were responsible for about 60% of Canadian segment sales at that time, and that changes to the minivan would happen in 2016.
But it’s not going to happen, not yet anyway. While production of the new Chrysler Pacifica -based crossover model was scheduled to start in 2018 at the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plant in Windsor, that plan was axed.
Some Chrysler fans are disappointed, and wish that product development had more funding put into it by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. But Chrysler fans of the crossover are still excited that Chrysler’s plans for the next five years call for a crossover in the mid-size range that will be able to compete with the Ford Edge, GMC’s Terrain and the Chevrolet Equinox.
According to Joe McCabe of AutoForecast Solutions, sales of the Grand Caravan minivan exceed that of the Town and Country by five to one. Still seen as a very popular vehicle, the Caravan is the low-cost choice of many Canadians – while drivers who want a high calibre minivan will move up to the high-tech Chrysler Pacifica. Contact us today to find out more!