• Jan 19, 2011
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Chrysler, the automaker at the forefront of the minivan movement back in the 1980s, is seriously rethinking its family-hauler business. As we reported earlier, Chrysler will be scrapping one of its two minivan twins by 2013, making room for a smaller micro-van to launch within the next few years – a vehicle that will compete with the likes of the Ford C-Max and Mazda5. Now, Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has reportedly confirmed that a hybrid version of the company's next-generation minivan is on its way, scheduled to debut by 2013.

The powertrain slated for use in the hybrid minivan will use the same powertrain technology that we'll be seeing in the gasoline-electric version of the Chrysler 300 sedan, also set to launch in 2013. The new van will be built at the automaker's Windsor Assembly Plant in Canada – the factory where both the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan are built today.



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      • 3 Years Ago
      If Chrysler does release the hybrid before Toyota, it will be another embarassment for Toyota. Didn't they say, what 4 years ago that in three years, every Toyota model will have a hybrid option? Regardless of my imperfect memory recalls, Toyota should OWN this niche, yet Chrysler/FIAT will beat them to it. They have the smartest seat configuration in the van biz and adding a hybrid will guarantee even stronger sales. Good for them. I wish them well.

      (and yes, I own a Sienna, which will be replaced with a hybrid or diesel when one is available)
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'll be cheking it out. I owned several early generation Chrysler Mini-vans when I had a young family. I hope they offer AWD as they tend to suck in the snow.
      • 3 Years Ago
      They would be the ones to be innovative considering they were the inventors of the original Mini Van, the Caravan.
      johnsonbrown7777
      • 3 Years Ago
      Now that chrysler is Fiat expect all their cars to get smaller and smaller.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Caravan carries more of the minivan "heritage", so hopefully, they keep that one instead of Town and Country, even though T&C has been in use for a lot longer.

      Going hybrid can definitely improve larger vehicles like this. The bigger hurdle is public acceptance of how mpg numbers work. Going 15 to 20 is an increase of 33%, whereas going from 35 to 40 is a much lower 14%, yet many just see that "it's 5 mpg better".
      • 3 Years Ago
      Finally, something that is Taxi tough. Also something that is delivery vehicle friendly.
      The only thing I do not understand is the 2 sp automatic. Unless there is no low gear and it would depend solely on the hydraulic system. But you would think a 3sp would still be needed from normal 2nd 3rd and OD 4th.
      Alan Potter
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oops, I incorrectly spelled ethanol. Please accept my appology without comment.
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Chrysler, putting lipstick on pigs since 2009."
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think it is a good idea, but I think one of the reasons people buy hybrids is the shocking MPG improvements. That is why so far Prius is the only successful hybrid out there, it is the most efficient car available for sale in USA. Every other hybrid has pretty much failed.

      Toyota came out with Prius V and it will get about 10 MPG less in the city than Prius, even though it is only a little bigger. So Town and Country’s mileage will probably be even worse because of the weight, size and shape.

      It will still get really good MPGs, but not good enough for people to really gush over.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I think most people buy the Prius because it's THE hybrid that people think of when they think of hybrids. And as pointed out bellow, it's a gas/hydraulic hybrid not gas/electric, so the real world MPG possibilities are really a complete unknown.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sergio is like Chrysler LLC's super man. My question is, is this what Chrysler would be if a while ago if Daimler actually cared or is Fiat this genius corperation that know exactly what it should do? Whatever the case is, they are saving thousands of jobs and creating more as Chrysler gets bigger and better. Already they've expanded Kokomo, saved and retooled Belvidere and added a shift at Brampton.
        johnsonbrown7777
        • 3 Years Ago
        Daimler never wanted or needed chrysler to be a profitable, Daimler only wanted to rape chrysler and they got a lot of property and real estate.
        Some of those properties Chrylser is using now is owned by Diamler.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Sorry I meant to say Sterling Heights and nor Belvidere
      • 3 Years Ago
      If the next van is going to be based on 300 (RWD) technology does that leave hope that the next gen van will be RWD too? Just a thought...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good. The lack of a comfortable, seven-seat hybrid has been a bit glaring (and no, the cramped arrangements in the Highlander disqualify it, and the relative mileage of the GMT900 hybrids exclude them).

      It's certainly a viable way to hit the competition (and in this space, that means Toyota and Honda) where they ain't.
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