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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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    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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    REPORT: Chrysler rehiring white collar workers to get new product out fast
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    The new product picture at Chrysler appears to be mighty thin, as the only new products scheduled to come out of the Pentastar over the next year are redesigns of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Ram Heavy Duty and the Chrysler 300. As you may recall, Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne recently said that he was surprised to see how little has been done in the way ...

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    Chrysler to resume leasing vehicles soon?
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    In late July 2008, Chrysler announced that it would stop leasing vehicles effective August 1. The news helped exasperate the decline of Chrysler group vehicle sales while giving customers fewer options for getting into a new vehicle. After leasing was discontinued, Chrysler's market share dropped from 11.3% to 9.2%. The decline came in part because of ...

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    Chrysler to restart seven North American plants by end of month
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    Hot on the heels of news that the Dodge Viper's Conner Avenue facility would be the first Chrysler plant to fire up after the company's bankruptcy proceedings/Fiat tie-up comes official word that the automaker will resume production at seven plants the week of June 29. In addition, Chrysler will bring the supporting powertrain and stamping plants online ...

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    Goodbye, Routan? VW minivan reportedly not long for this world
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    That the Volkswagen Routan has been a dismal failure is probably one of the worst kept secrets in the industry, but until now, few have taken stock of just how poorly the badge-engineered minivan was selling.The idea was fairly straightforward, if a tad ill-conceived: take a Dodge Caravan, slap on a fresh face and a VW badge and give it an unpronounceable ...

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    Detroit supplier organizing March of Green Vehicles to Washington
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    Bad idea: Detroit 3 CEOs showing up for a Congressional hearing to beg for money in private jets. Good idea: said CEOs showing up at Congress' curb in their respective company's greenest vehicles. Just such a caravan has been proposed by Tim Leuliette, CEO of supplier Dura Automotive Systems Inc., and it's gaining steam. The idea is to highlight how ...

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    Rumormill: Caravan, Suburban would move to Lambda platform
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    We reported last month that General Motors could move the next Cadillac Escalade to its Lambda platform that's currently used by the Saturn Outlook, GMC Acadia, Buick Enclave and Chevy Traverse, and now GM Inside News is reporting via an inside source that the Suburban/Yukon XL may also get the unibody treatment. With replacements for the smaller Chevy ...

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    Chrysler ekes out additional 2 mpg on 2009 minivans
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    With moms now actually reading EPA fuel economy figures on the window sticker before trying out the dozen cup holders found in most modern minivans, Chrysler went back to the engineering lab and knocked out a few more miles per gallon for its 2009 minivan offerings. Bragging that no other minivan offers better fuel economy than the 2009 Chrysler Town & ...

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    Chrysler improves efficiency of top-drawer minivans
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    General Motors has proven that it's not all that difficult to eke a bit more efficiency out of already-finished models with its XFE line. By waving a magic wand over the engine's computer, subtle reprogramming tweaks can make a big difference. Other tricks involve altering transmission gear ratios for improved efficiency. Chrysler has gone ahead and made ...

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    Out 'n about: Dodge Caravan R/T goes shopping
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    Click above for a hi-res gallery of the Caravan R/T in the wildReader Joe Donaldson was out taking photos over the weekend when he happened upon a more-interesting-than-normal Dodge Caravan parked outside a Best Buy. While we generally find the terms "interesting" and "Dodge Caravan" to be mutually exclusive, we'll grant an exception here, because what Don ...

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    Things that never were nor ever should be, Part II: the Dodge Caravan "CarCamel"
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    Click above for gallery of the Car CamelYou need something to carry a car, but you don't want just any old pickup truck or SUV because anybody could do that. And since you do have that vintage Dodge Caravan lying around... why not grab the chainsaw and make something really special? Allow us to officially introduce the Car Camel. Apparently plying the ...

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    Chrysler plans to idle minivan plant in St. Louis
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    Click above high-res gallery of the 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan SXTNow that General Motors and Ford have completely abandoned the minivan market for good, the American originator of the species faces only Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Kia and soon Volkswagen as manufacturers that also offer competitive choices. Perhaps you'd think that Chrysler would be benefiting as ...

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    Spotted in Illinois: Dodge Caravan "hybrid"
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    Click the image above for a high-res view.An eagle-eyed reader has spotted a hybrid Dodge Caravan in the Chicago, Illinois area. Don't get your panties in a bunch, though, as this hybrid is not the sort consumers have come to know and love as of late. This Caravan has no electrical propulsion system, but rather two front ends. Before Honda and Toyota ...

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    Future Classic: 1984 Chrysler Minivans
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    Think of what the automotive landscape looked like nigh on 25 years ago. Mentioning "family car" in 1983 would have conjured a station wagon. Some of us dig wagons, while others think we're daft because of the stigma they still carry. There's no denying that a wagon is an excellent way to transport kids and stuff, but those beasts of yesteryear often led to ...

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    VIDEOS: Jet-powered Dodge Caravan earns its Sports badge
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    Chris Krug has what we think might be the most bad-ass late-90's Dodge Caravan in the world. Like us, he apparently thought the 150-hp V6 just wasn't enough and added some supplemental power via a 1,000-hp helicopter jet engine. But he left the original piston powerplant in place to retain its street-legal status.It's not easy to describe the rapidity at ...

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