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Review: 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan

Chrysler Tries Harder To Compete With All-New Competition 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan – Click above for high-res image gallery Among the most famous advertising slogans of all time is the Avis classic: "We try harder." Conceived of in the early '60s, when Avis was the number two rental car company behind Hertz, the tagline made a virtue out of second place. With its mid-lifecycle refresh of its minivan line, including both the Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country, Chrysler is making a similar case. But wait a minute here, isn't Chrysler the long-time industry... Read More

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    Chicago 2011: Dodge gives Grand Caravan, Journey the R/T treatment for 2011
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    As part of Chrysler's giant product onslaught for the 2011 model year, The Pentastar has released new R/T trim levels of both the Dodge Grand Caravan and Journey crossover. Both models make their debut at the Chicago Auto Show this week, and while there aren't any big power boosts, the spruced up exterior and interior designs speak of sportiness. Both ...

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    Mommies on Minivans: Practical, but where's the style?
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    Toyota can call the Sienna a swagger wagon all it wants, but the slogan isn't going to make moms any happier about hopping behind the wheel. According to The Detroit Free Press, most mothers aren't fooled by gimmicky marketing or the latest attempts to redesign the minivan as a stylish piece of transportation. Reporter Krista Jahnke followed a group of ...

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    Marchionne: Chrysler planning hybrid minivan for 2013
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    Aside from the hydraulic minivan test program we heard about earlier, there is more hybrid minivan news out from Chrysler, the automaker at the forefront of the minivan movement back in the 1980s. Turns out, the company is seriously rethinking its family-hauler business. As we reported earlier, Chrysler will be scrapping one of its two minivan twins by ...

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    Marchionne: Chrysler planning hybrid minivan for 2013
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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 ...

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    Chrysler's Marchionne says only one minivan per brand, C-Max competitor coming
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    Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne says the automaker plans to only offer one minivan in the future, eliminating either the Chrysler Town and Country or Dodge Caravan by 2013. Additionally, the company is working on a smaller "people mover," that will go to whichever marque doesn't retain the minivan. "If our Project Genesis [a plan to have all ...

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    Chrysler recalling nearly 370,000 minivans over potential airbag flaw
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    Chrysler has put out a notice that it will be recalling 367,350 minivans in both Town and Country and Dodge Grand Caravan flavors. The reason? The airbags might go off when you don't want them to. Water leaks in 2008 model year minivans may accidentally trigger a warning light and/or accidental airbag deployment. The culprit is an HVAC hose grommet that ...

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    Autoblog Podcast #202 - SEMA, reliability, Chrysler interiors and the Cadillac ATS
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    It's time for Episode #202 of the Autoblog Podcast, and the cast of characters keeps on revolving as auto show season starts ramping up. Steven Ewing joins Chris and Dan this week to kck the ball around about SEMA, the Consumer Reports Reliability survey for 2010, the refreshed Dodge Grand Caravan and Avenger and the Cadillac ATS. We wrap it up with your ...

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    Chrysler announces pricing for refreshed 2011 Dodge vehicles
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    Chrysler has bombarded us recently with a huge onslaught of changes for the 2011 model year. In addition to the updated Sebring 200 and Town & Country that wear the Pentastar badge, nearly the entire Dodge model line has been reworked for 2011. To recap, the Avenger, Challenger, Charger, Durango, Grand Caravan and Journey are either all-new or ...

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    Officially Official: 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan reports for family duty
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    Chrysler has just dropped details on the 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan. Along with packing the company's new Pentastar V6 under the hood, Dodge says that the minivan also sports a significantly revised suspension designed to make the vehicle a little more engaging to drive. So far we haven't been told exactly what's been changed underneath, but the press ...

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    Report: Supplier strike may lead to shutdown of Chrysler's minivan line
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    Integram Seating is a parts supplier for Chrysler. The factory workers there produce seats, which are then sent to the Pentastar's Windsor Assembly plant to be installed in the brand's Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan people movers. The popular family vehicles are set to get an update for 2011, but according to CBS News, their assembly may be ...

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    Rumormilll: Ferrari-powered 2011 Dodge Caravan R/T coming?
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    Let's include this one in the highly improbably file. The Mopar specialists at Allpar.com are reporting that the previously reported 2011 Dodge Caravan R/T minivan could come powered by a V8 engine. Along with most of the Chrysler lineup, the Town and Country and Caravan will be getting a substantial mid-cycle refresh in the coming months. While the main ...

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    Spy Shots: 2011 Chrysler Town & Country nip/tuck spotted
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    Toyota and Honda may be improving the images of their minivans, but we mustn't forget about the company that started it all: Chrysler. The very first Dodge Grand Caravan went on sale 27 years ago, and through all of the ups and downs that the automaker has faced over the years (especially in recent times), the Grand Caravan and Town & Country twins have ...

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    Autoblog Podcast #184 - IPOs, Manly Minivans, City Cars and Hemi horsepower
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    Chris Shunk rejoins Sam, Alex and Dan for Episode #184 of the Autoblog Podcast. Topics we mull are Tesla's actual IPO and General Motors' apparently impending public offering. Gordon Murray's T.25 city car makes the cut before we do a 180 and talk about the possibility of a 480-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT8 and a manlier minivan. It ends with your ...

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    Report: Chrysler prepping manlier minivan
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    Is a "macho" minivan even possible? Toyota's exploring the "Swagger Wagon" angle with the Sienna SE, and Dodge is apparently going to try and find out with a new variant of the Grand Caravan. Minivans are generally not aspirational vehicles; people buy them because they need the utility. Of course, that's not a bad thing - people haulers were created for ...

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    Chrysler recalls 285k 2008-2009 minivans over fire risk
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    For the second time in 2010, Chrysler minivans have landed on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website for a major recall. Back in February, over 312,000 2005 and 2006 model-year Dodge Caravan and Chrysler Town and Country minivans were recalled for an airbag issue. The latest recall involves 284,831 2008 and 2009 model year vehicles ...

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    Video: Confusing new Dodge Caravan commercials aren't helping
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    Minivan commercials typically showcase to potential customers as many creature comforts as possible in the span of 30 seconds. That makes perfect sense, right? Chrysler uses just such a time-tested formula for its latest Dodge Grand Caravan commercial, but there is a bit of a catch. See, while the ad shows off the Grand Caravan's FLO TV, voice activated ...

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    Video: How to turn a caravan into a fixed abode
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    The caravan you see above is stuck betwixt the two walls. We don't know how they got it in there, if they couldn't get it out – nevertheless, the reality on the ground is that it wouldn't come up. One would think there had been enough of these videos from all corners of the world to prove that sledgehammering the throttle doesn't solve problems. ...

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    Future Chrysler production plans reportedly leaked
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    Chrysler, now led by Sergio Marchionne and the rest of the management crew brought in by Italian automaker Fiat, has big plans in place that will replace just about every single vehicle the American automaker currently offers. Judging from the purported list of new vehicle launches secured by the Mopar fanatics at Allpar, it would seem that new Chrysler, ...

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    Chrysler recalls 312,000 2005-2006 minivans over airbag issue *UPDATE
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    Just because Toyota may be garnering the most attention for its current recall crisis, it isn't the only automaker having issues. Chrysler has just released its own recall which affects more than 312,000 2005-2006 Town and Country, Caravan, and Grand Caravan models. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the minivan's front ...

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    Chrysler offering 60-day return policy with "Minivan Pledge"
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    Chrysler invented the minivan, and Team Pentastar is so confident that you'll like its newest people mover that the automaker is giving you 60 days to try a Dodge Grand Caravan or Chrysler Town and Country for yourself. Chrysler's new 60-day "Minivan Pledge" is open until March 31 to owners of competitive makes. Fred Diaz, President and CEO of the Ram ...

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