Chrysler has had at least two minivans since it started the family-friendly craze back in 1984, but we've known for some time that one of two not-so-mini vans (the Dodge Grand Caravan or Chrysler Town and Country) would not survive for a next generation. Last we heard, it was the Chrysler model that would be losing its sliding doors in place of a crossover design, but Chrysler execs have also said in the past that Chrysler would retain the minivan design and the Grand Caravan would become a CUV. Now, it seems like the automaker might be leaving this tough decision up to potential consumers, as the Detroit Free Press is reporting that the automaker is currently showing off a quartet of concepts – a minivan and crossover for both Chrysler and Dodge – to consumer clinics before making a final decision.

The report also says that whatever decision is made, the redesigned minivan and the all-new crossover will likely go on sale in 2014 for the 2015 model year. Combined, both minivans have accounted for almost 230,000 sales through November, putting the duo well ahead of rivals like the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna.

Over the last couple of years, there has been plenty of chatter about the future Chrysler's popular minivans including the return of all-wheel drive, the addition of a hybrid model and there was even the Chrysler 700C minivan concept vehicle at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, a surprise showcar that could inform the design of Chrysler's next-generation people movers.


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      jason_golden
      • 2 Years Ago
      The nameplate "Grand Caravan" seems to register and have more recognition than "Town & Country". If one has to be dropped, I'd vote for losing the Chrysler version. But if they can continue to distinguish the two...just enough...without significant tooling and marketing investments...keep them both!
      Andrew
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sat in a T&C at the auto show. I must say, it is very nice. Pentastar brings it up to par with the competition, and really a good value compared to the Sienna and Odyssey optioned up. My $0.02
      Klep
      • 2 Years Ago
      I vote Plymouth (for no particular reason).
      luigi.tony
      • 2 Years Ago
      Does anyone outside of Hertz buy the Chrysler or Dodge minivan?
        transam
        • 2 Years Ago
        @luigi.tony
        Yes.
        pickles
        • 2 Years Ago
        @luigi.tony
        I've never owned an American vehicle in my life (and I'm on my 19th car). It's not because many aren't great, they've just never seemed to connect to me. After driving a T&C for a month as a rental, it's a phenominal van. If only because they NAILED the fold down seat game- with Stow-n-go, it's an exceptional piece of engineering. IF I could get confidence that it would be as troublefree as my Sienna, I'd buy one in a monent, just for their seat design.
          CJ_313
          • 2 Years Ago
          @pickles
          You've owned 19 cars and never a domestic? Wow. Maybe it's because I'm from Detroit and don't see many foreign vehicles here (aside from high-end German brands mostly), but that's interesting.
      Jesus!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why get rid of either? It makes no sense at all. They both sell well and both have a place in the market. Getting rid of one would be like GM getting rid of Chevy or GMC trucks, on a smaller scale pof course but still. With GM and Ford out of the minivan business(even though the Flex really is one), Dodge and Chrysler have a unique opportunity. They are the only American car company to offer minivans period, le alone in the value and luxurious categories(even tho the Flex really is a minivan), So Sergio, listen up my friend, give neither the axe.
        Xi Gua
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jesus!
        American company?
          Jesus!
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Xi Gua
          Uh yes. Headquartered in Michigan. Ever heard of it? Did Jaguar, Land Rover, Volvo, Aston Martin, or Mazda all of a sudden become American when Ford owned(or owned a majorit stake in them)? Answer: NO.
        luigi.tony
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jesus!
        Jesus, Dodge and Chrysler are Italian.
          luigi.tony
          • 2 Years Ago
          @luigi.tony
          Jesus, their new Headquarters are in Turin Italy.
          Justin Campanale
          • 2 Years Ago
          @luigi.tony
          Just because an Italian company holds a stake in them doesn't mean they are Italian. Is Volvo Chinese now? Are Land Rover and Jaguar suddenly as Indian as tandoori chicken? Was Chrysler German before it became Italian?
          Jesus!
          • 2 Years Ago
          @luigi.tony
          Since when? Last time I checked they are an American company headquarted in America.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Chrylser brand needs a crossover (can't believe I'm typing this) far more than Dodge needs another one.
      Mazdaspeed6
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm normally against the rebadging mentally that the Big Three were known for, but in this case, just keep them, if the sales are still high.
      PACMK02
      • 2 Years Ago
      Keep'em both!!! The Caravan has so much brand equity that eliminating it would undoubtedly affect the T&C. Keep the T&C to cather to possible upscale Odyssey Touring Elite and Toyota Sienna Limited customers and the Dodge to compete for base and midlevel buyers of those minivans. Car a van even defines this class of vehicle. It would be a shame to drop that name but if its the only option I'd vote to rebrand the Caravan as a Chrysler and use T&C as a luxury model designation.
      Will
      • 2 Years Ago
      My parents have a Chrysler Town and Country. They like it, and it's a nice vehicle, but they WILL NOT own a Dodge. My father will not hear of it. If they kill the T&C, they will lose my parents business, for sure. Dodge is a severly damaged brand. Fiat should probably kill it completely.
        muppethead
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Will
        On a scale of 1 to Dumbass, how stupid are your parents?
          AGSHOP
          • 2 Years Ago
          @muppethead
          dumbass morons
          Will
          • 2 Years Ago
          @muppethead
          Your parents are stupid. lmao To them a Dodge is a cheap car. They have to get a minivan because my dad is in a wheel chair. They want to buy American, so they reluctantly bought a Chrysler (they've been GM buyers forever). But they are almost 70, and they think Dodge's are for cheap people with bad credit. I don't know what else to tell you, but there are a lot of people like this, and Chrysler needs to understand that.
          flychinook
          • 2 Years Ago
          @muppethead
          Thomas, if your parents still see Dodge as "The cheap brand for people with bad credit", I highly doubt that they're going to go with a different brand of minivan, as they probably still think of Toyota and Honda as "those new brands made by the slanty-eyed people".
        SaabStory
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Will
        I don't even understand your rant. You do know that Chrysler owns Dodge right? What's the difference to your parents????
          Will
          • 2 Years Ago
          @SaabStory
          I do understand that, thanks. I have had this conversation with them many times. They need a minivan because my Dad is in a wheelchair. They've always bought American, but they will not buy a Dodge. In People have brand associations. Dodge is a horribly damaged brand.
      Bill Burke
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why struggle, keep all four. The Dodge Caravan, a short wheel base van, the Chrysler Town and Country a more expensive, longer wheel base van, The Dodge Journey a crossover and the Chrysler Pacifica a more expensive, slightly larger luxury crossover. The key would be very different styling between the four vehicles. All four would be based off the same basic platform with the two Dodges on the shorter wheel base and the two Chryslers on the longer one. Problem solved and the ledgendary Caravan and T&C remain, the now popular Journey is updated and the once very popular Pacifica is revived. Why not?? Come on Chrysler, why not??
        audisp0rta4
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bill Burke
        Although my interest in these vehicles goes little beyond reading the article and commenting, I agree with you completely. Dodge is already known as the sportier and less costly version of Chrysler, and this has worked well since they added quality to the equation...so why change??
      Andrew
      • 2 Years Ago
      As to which brand, I first say, why choose? Chevy and GMC trucks both sell very well despite being identical. Have the Dodge as the entry level family van and panel and taxi van, and the Chrysler as luxury trim only. If you have to pick one, might as well go Dodge. Fact is, people still buying actual minivans are by and large familes with budgets who need bang for buck more than LED headlights. There could be a high end Dodge trim level that matches the Japanese brands' top trim levels.
        transam
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andrew
        "Fact is, people still buying actual minivans are by and large familes with budgets who need bang for buck more than LED headlights." I agree. There are plenty of overprices less practical choices out there. Starting at 20k I cant think of a better bang for buck space wise.
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