Chrysler invented the minivan 30 years ago. Now, it's poised to deliver a new people-mover, the Pacifica, that could set the stage for the next 30 years.
Chrysler Town And Country
A problem discovered with corrosion in the air bag control unit has prompted FCA to recall 112,001 units of the Dodge Journey, Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Town and Country, and Volkswagen Routan from the 2008 and 2009 model years.
Chrysler's minivan trades the Town & Country name in favor of Pacifica. But never mind that, this 2017 model looks to be a luxurious, innovative minivan.
Meet America's first hybrid minivan. The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid features plug-in tech for 30 miles of EV range and 80 miles per gallon equivalent.
Expect the new Chrysler Town & Country to not only feature a PHEV powertrain when it arrives in January, but looks that are inspired by the 200 sedan.
Chrysler is celebrating 90 years in the auto business with special edition versions of the 200, 300, and Town & Country.
The next-gen Chrysler Town & Country is reportedly getting convenient features like foot-operated sliding doors, USB ports for each row, and an interior vacuum. A tweaked Pentastar V6 and nine-speed automatic should boost fuel economy, too.
FCA is showing off all sorts of future products right now at a dealer conference in Vegas, including a new Barracuda, Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk and Dodge Dart GLH.
NHTSA is opening a preliminary evaluation into airbag inflators from Arc Automotive. The agency has reports of two ruptures with injuries: one in a 2002 Chrysler Town and Country and another in a 2004 Kia Optima. It's not yet known whether the incidents are linked.
The Dodge Grand Caravan is set to live through the 2016 and 2017 model years, according to a leaked FCA production document. Under the company's five-year plan, the minivan was previously scheduled to retire in 2016 when the new Chrysler Town and Country debuted.
FCA US is replacing the the ignition switches in 702,578 examples of the 2008-2010 Chrysler Town & Country, 2008-2010 Dodge Grand Caravan and 2009-2010 Dodge Journey. This campaign was first announced last year, but the automaker has revised the repair procedure.
Automotive News reports that the next-generation Dodge Grand Caravan will drop the American Value Package, and will start around $26,000. The platform, technology and content Dodge is building into the new minivan makes it too difficult to get to an MSRP below $25,000.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles tweets that it's planning to reveal its next generation of its successful minivan line at next year's Detroit show. But just which version will come first, and in what form?
First introduced in 2012, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's small-overlap frontal crash test has become the bane of many auto engineers' existence. It's a particularly steep design challenge because it forces just 25 percent of a vehicle's front end to take the brunt of a 40-mile-per-hour impact. The newly released results of four family-minded minivans underscore just how difficult the crash test is: only one scored an Acceptable rating, and the other three did very poorly.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is issuing two, separate recalls covering a total of 33,443 examples in the US of the 2014 Ram ProMaster, 2014 Jeep Wrangler, 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan and 2014 Chrysler Town & Country because of potential problems with the tire pressure monitoring system in the vehicles.
Among the multitude of models that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced as part of its five-year production plan in May was a plug-in hybrid version of the Town & Country minivan for sometime in 2016. However, according to the latest pronouncement from company CEO Sergio Marchionne, that timetable may have been moved forward quite a bit.