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According to Automotive News, the Chrysler Group will kill off one of its bread-and-butter minivans – the Dodge Grand Caravan – sometime during the 2013 calendar year. This will leave only the Chrysler Town & Country to do minivan battle for the Pentastar automaker. Curiously, through September of 2011, the Grand Caravan has actually outsold the more expensive Town & Country by almost 14,000 units.

Getting rid of the Grand Caravan is apparently part of Chrysler's move to eliminate dealership duplication, a plan that was started under the company's previous owners, Cerberus Capital Management. In addition to the Dodge van, the Avenger sedan will also be killed off when the Chrysler 200 replacement arrives in 2013. (Like the Grand Caravan and Town & Country, the Avenger and 200 are nearly identical underneath the skin.)

Automotive News suggests that the Grand Caravan and Avenger will be replaced by a single future Dodge crossover that will be based on a Fiat platform. The next-generation Town & Country is expected to arrive sometime in 2014.

Do you think this is a smart move? Have your say in Comments.


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      AngeloD
      • 3 Years Ago
      Incredibly foolish move to kill off the Dodge minivan.
      MAX
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dropping the Caravan is a big mistake, this is one example of badge engineering that worked.
        Mike D
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MAX
        My guess is they'll sell a less optioned model of the Town and Country for as much as the Grand Caravan would have sold for to make up for sales numbers and stay in competition with other minivan makers.
      Snark
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't disagree that a crossover is better for Dodge's "family man" branding than a minivan is, but I've really got to question why they're killing the Avenger. Midsize sedans are a pretty bread-and-buttery market segment, and Dodge's last attempt to replace a sedan with a crossover did not end well.
        JarrodL86
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Snark
        I agree. Are they going to go the same route they did with the Neon's successor? I can't see the rationale behind abandoning the midsize sedan. Sure, they haven't come close to the success of ANY of the other cars in that class, but this is the time where you buckle down and bang out a suprisingly competitive product. Make it a sporty option to what has become a very bland and appliance filled segment.
      Austin
      • 3 Years Ago
      What's with all the "I buy American so I'll never buy a Chrysler again!" comments? Fiat is giving Chrysler platforms to work with, not re-badging anything. I suppose these same people will line up to buy the next Fusion (really a Mondeo), Focus and Fiesta? Or how about not buying the Chevy Sonic, because it was designed in Korea but built in the US? Do some research before making dumbass decisions that have little to do with reality.
      tnsubie
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you continue this logic through it leaves Dodge with the Challenger a small car and the aforementioned future crossover/Journey. That doesn't sound like a successful brand.
        Snark
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tnsubie
        And the Charger and Challenger.
          tnsubie
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Snark
          The Charger is a reskinned 300. If Fiat wants to eliminate redundancies, it would be the next to go.
      viperbono
      • 3 Years Ago
      Town & Country should be the premium luxury model and Caravan should be the base line model. Stop making the Chrysler brand cheap with base line models it should be luxury only. Keep the Caravan get rid of the Voyager model. I think its a bad Idea with the numbers the Caravan puts up.
        Steve
        • 3 Years Ago
        @viperbono
        I agree. Why doesn't Fiat or Chrysler see this? Is it because only Chrysler models from both divisions are going to be sold World Wide?
      eebilodeau
      • 3 Years Ago
      I own a 1998 Plymouth Expresso and have never had an automobile that I have been more satisfied with. I cannot believe you are planning to do away with such a successful model.
      • 3 Years Ago
      If there is one thing Chrysler has always done right it's the minivans! Please dont screw up a good thing! They are at the top of their game! I have a 01 Dodge Caravan with almost 200,000 miles and the engine has never been touched except for oil changes and one set of spark plugs! Now thats a great... or should I say a Grand minivan! I love my Dodge!
      judymills777
      • 3 Years Ago
      Who would buy a FIAT?? They have tried 5 tmes to compete in the US and went BUST EVERYTIME!!!
      williar3
      • 3 Years Ago
      Another dumb decision by dummies.
      bigger dummy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Killing off the Caravan is a HUGE mistake. It is one of the most reliable forms of transportation for the active family with more than 2 kids. No family in their rightmind will buy a $40K + fully appointed leather trimmed van, and then not worry about their 2 year old spilling Kool-aide on the seats and the 5 year old stepping in 2 day old pb&j sandwiches that have been thrown on the floor while in a temper tantrum. The caravan offer similar eminities and performance for less than the T&C. Also, if your family is mine, a cross over is out of the question because of access to the rear seating is crutial especially when you have a child who is fully mobile yet physically challenged. I have been a loyal Dodge / Mopar fan for years, but Fiat come-on either keep the GC or create a cross breed with the Journey.
      jcarr12217
      • 3 Years Ago
      the only world wide place this manufacture is headed for a junk yards all around the world...
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