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 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 Ford C-Max and Mazda5. Now, Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has reportedly confirmed that a hybrid version of the company's next-generation minivan is on its way, scheduled to debut by 2013.
The powertrain slated for use in the hybrid minivan will use the same powertrain technology that we'll be seeing in the gasoline-electric version of the Chrysler 300 sedan, also set to launch in 2013. The new van will be built at the automaker's Windsor Assembly Plant in Canada – the factory where both the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan are built today.