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Is the real swagger wagon of 2010 built by Chrysler? If you go by total sales, it is. The Chrysler Town & Country has been a player in the minivan market since its arrival in 1990. Now in its fifth generation, the Town & Country has just been refreshed after a comprehensive redesign in 2008. It's not alone in getting an upgrade, however, as some serious competition arrived from Japan in 2010.

All-new minivan models for 2011 include the Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna and Nissan Quest, with each of them stuffing a ton of features into modern packages. The Odyssey, which has been the segment's best-seller for the last two years, has had a strong year. Yet despite serious pressure in a surprisingly strong minivan market (2010 will see the segment's first volume uptick since 2005), the Town & Country has climbed the sales board and is poised to take out Japan's finest.

According to The Detroit News, the T&C is sitting on 102,495 sales through November, while its closest competitor, the Honda Odyssey, has sold 98,035 units. Trailing further behind those two is the Sienna with 89,509 sales so far this year. There is one month left but Chrysler's, familymobile seems to be sitting pretty.


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[Source: The Detroit News]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I doubt they could point point the time something like this would happen, but if they did, I bet it would be 9:00 p.m. when the old Honda exectives are playing video games like they always have.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I bet you could find them online if you were persistent. ;)
      • 4 Years Ago
      AND AS A BONUS THE WORKERS WILL THROUGH IN A BAG OF MARYJANE
        • 4 Years Ago
        That would be the Jeep plant.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The reason for this is simple. People actually do buy a price not a value. Economy is down people are cheap. Too bad they didnt consider resale, quality, reliablility, styling, just to name a few. Look at the radio in these vans. Updated lets see never, same radio from a 82 k car for gods sake. Lee Iacoca rolling over in his grave right now.
      Posted by sienna owner........
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Chrysler (well the Dodge and Chrysler) in Canada get pretty consistently 75 to 80% of the market share! I was amazed too.

      I suspect the harsher environment .. between the cold and awful roads .. nothing sounds "refined" after a couple years. The other reason might be budgetting better and not so many people being "want" rather then "need" purchasers. By that, the hard plastics and not so pretty interiors -- well sorry it is going to be full of junk, dirt, kids, and lots of abuse as that is what happens to family vans that get used for carry the soccer team or hauling plywood and cement etc. All you want is a van that has all the cargo and practical features, starts every morning, and you are not in financial terror if you rub a post, or the neighbours kid spills a drink, or runs into it with his bike.

      That said .. thank goodness Fiat is improving it a lot next year!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Quantity not quality,check the recalls.Chryslers are POS made worse under german control (payback for ww2) and now Fiat ( Fix It Again Tony) in the mix ??Check out all the BLACK spots in comsumers reports buying guide which means MUCH WORSE than average for problems/repairs.I shouldn't complain because its job security for us auto techs.As for myself (an auto tech of 40 years experence ) I have developed a preference for Fords for my own cars.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I believe that Daimler took over Chrysler just to suck it dry of its technology. They proved that they are incapable of any kind of creative management and certainly are not capable of making the worlds best cars. When I was in the business I used to say that when a problem developed with a Mercedes it was because the car was eccentric or tempermental.If the same thing happened to a Chevy it was a POS. I don't understand why they didn't keep Jeep. On the other hand, as bad as Fiats were when they were in the U.S. they seem to be allowing Chrysler people to be creative and allowing them to do what they know is right. It is obvious because the company has become totally different even in the past few months. I think that we are going to see some exciting stuff from Mopar in the next year.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What about the Japanese brands highly subsidized leases? (Let's lose money in the future and call today's sale a profit)

      Chrysler/Dodge has hardly leased any cars in 2010 and still beat Honda and Toyota minivan sales combined.

      BTW, Toyota and Hyundai have plenty of minvans in rental service. Don't be shocked when plenty of Hondas start showing up in rental service as Honda desperately tries to hold market share with a very weak product line.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Saying Chrysler has not been the minivan sales leader all along is like saying GM has not been the half ton sales leader all along.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not digging the minor exterior cosmetic tweaks, but kudos to the interior and drivetrain leaps. Well done and deserved if they get the sales numbers out of it, although I think caravans dominate the rental minivan fleet, still nicely updated from last years model.
        • 4 Years Ago
        When Chrysler introduced the 4.0 & 62te to the minivans a few years back, that combination was fleet enough, but guzzled gas.
        So Chrysler then made the gearing taller with a taller axle ratio.

        Now Chrysler decides to replace the old 4.0 with the 3.6, but forgot to change the axle ratio to the original, shorter one.

        The 3.6 V6 T&C is slower than the previous 4.0, just terrible.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I only point out this error, on Chrysler's part, in the hopes that they will fix it.
        The 3.6 has a lower BSFC than the 4.0, so even if Chrysler went to gearing that was shorter than the original 4.0/62te, it should still return better mileage.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Dr. Greenthumb
        You must have driven them relatively recently because the old V6 had the worst passing power out there. Flooring the pedal would result in the motor screaming for it's life while your speedo sat there. Pretty hilarious actually.
      • 4 Years Ago
      My name isnt shane first of all. My mom had a caravan, & she said she will never buy an american made car again and hasnt since. However, i do think that the new chrysler vans might actually be good for once. They appearently quit making them wih swivel n' go. Im excited cuz dodge is making he grand caravan in orange again. If their quality is actually good, buy me an R/T in mango tango pearl coat!
      cubbyspricebook
      • 4 Years Ago
      They give these POS away for below cost to run up the sales on the back of the American tax payers. Thank you Unions for the segue to American bankruptcy.

        • 4 Years Ago
        @cubbyspricebook
        you are an idiot
        • 4 Years Ago
        @cubbyspricebook
        oh, and the "running up sales" bit- "running up sales" was what they *were* doing five years ago, when Joe Eberhardt (a Daimler guy) had the plants cranking at capacity building trucks that nobody ordered, then cramming them down dealer's throats all the while tossing $7,000 on the hoods of each one just to bribe people to buy them.

        one of the first thing Chrysler's done since Marchionne took over was to scale back production to line up with what they could actually sell.

        so your post is nothing but fail and lose.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @cubbyspricebook
        "They give these POS away for below cost "

        they do no such thing, you liar.

        "run up the sales on the back of the American tax payers."

        Oh, stop it. If you're talking about the net losses CGLLC has posted the last few quarters, those losses are *because they're making gigantic interest payments back to the taxpayers.*
      • 4 Years Ago
      @Jamaicanborn

      "@Jim..Do you really believe that Jim? Are you telling me that Chrysler should not be concern that without fleet they would be out sold by even KIA.."

      You're misinterpreting the numbers. Saying 44% of Chrysler Group sales were into fleet is not saying that 44% of Town & Country minivans were sold into fleet. Look a little deeper and you'd see that the fleet sales were largely driven by Caliber, Avenger/Sebring, and Ram. So, three cars that no retail customer even wanted, and a pickup truck segment that is naturally fleet-sale heavy.

      @ NightFlight:

      we have no shortage of people who take an overly simplistic view of what led to the misery of the Detroit 3. The numerous causes of their downfall can fill many books. But simply put, relying on heavy fleet sales is a *symptom* of deeper problems, e.g. uncompetitive products, but not a cause. When someone like Chrysler could theoretically take a Honda Civic, sell it for the exact same transaction price that Honda does, with the same BOM cost as Honda pays, and *lose money* on the deal, that's indicative of real deep-seated problems.
      • 4 Years Ago
      t&c sales are predominately fleet...every rent a car is full of them and I mean full. Have you been to a Chrysler dealer lately, er can you even a find a Chrysler dealer. My years with a T&C are never to be repeated at any price, when the dealer remembered my kids names I knew I had been there a little too often.


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