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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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    Video: SPEED pits minivan versus pickup in jet engine warfare
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    There are two ways to do jet-powered vehicles. On one hand, you have the deliciously simple and effective method of strapping a used jet engine to a car or truck, and letting the thrust do the rest. On the other, slightly more complicated side, you can attach a turbine to a shaft drive, translating the thrust to the rear wheels via a differential. Both ...

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    Ram unveils Caravan-based Ram Cargo Van
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    Don't call it a Dodge, whatever you do. Ram has officially yanked back the sheets on the newest addition to its growing stable of workhorses – a Grand Caravan-based cargo van built to cater to the small business owners of the world. Along with solid side panels down the vehicle's flanks, the Ram C/V packs a flat load floor and a load-leveling ...

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    World's fastest Dodge Caravan for sale
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    That's right, the world's fastest Dodge Caravan is being hawked to focus on other projects, and the seller has set a reasonable $6,500 selling price for the rolling novelty. The van started life in 1989, hauling the Joneses to soccer practice and Walmart. When current owner Ryan got ahold of it, though, its m.o. changed dramatically. The minivan's ...

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    2011 Dodge Grand Caravan gets new $23,995 base MSRP, now least expensive minivan in U.S.
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    Chrysler has announced that the 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan will get lob $1,000 off of its base MSRP, making it the least expensive minivan in the United States. This savings applies to the base Express model, which is now priced at $23,995, not including the $835 destination charge. The slightly higher-grade Mainstreet model (no, the naming structure ...

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    Review: 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan
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    Chrysler Tries Harder To Compete With All-New Competition 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 ...

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    Video: Dodge does walk-around of new performance models, including Charger SRT8
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    Itching for a closer look at the new line of performance-oriented vehicles from Dodge but don't want to brave the polyester-clad wolves at your local dealership? We have good news for you. Dodge has been so kind as to turn out a handful of videos that focus on each and every one of the new muscle-bound pieces of hardware. The clips feature plenty of ...

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    Chicago 2011: 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T is spruced up, yet unsurprisingly sedate
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    Long ago, Chrysler told us that it would be launching a "manlier minivan," and the 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T looks to be just the ticket. Sort of. Power still comes from the automaker's 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, and while there's nothing weak about 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque in a minivan, our own visions of a proper "man van" involved ...

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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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