Dodge Grand Caravan Set To End Production Run In May 2020
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The Dodge Grand Caravan has enjoyed one of the longest, best production runs for not justany minivan, but any vehicle ever made. Over the years, the Dodge Grand Caravan has served as a bedrock for drivers looking for an ideal minivan. Large and comfortable with more power than rival minivans, the history of the Dodge Grand Caravan stretches over 35 years. More recently, however, sales have fallen. In 2019, the Dodge Grand Caravan sold 122,600 vehicles. While that number was good enough to finish first over the Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna, and Kia Sedona. The only problem was the drop in sales from 2018, seeing a 19 percent decrease from the previous year.
A Brief History of the Dodge Grand Caravan
Debuting in 1984 and experiencing five generations of updates, the Dodge Grand Caravan. The first-generation Grand Caravan wasn’t nearly as strong as the current generation. The first generation models only had 97 horsepower for the first three years of its run. Things have certainly improved as the current generation carries the powerful 3.6-Liter V6 Pentastar engine that hits 283 horsepower and hits 25 highway mpg. Buyers can still buy the Dodge minivan, which offers the popular Stow ‘n Go seating that provides for extra space, with pricing starting at $28,785 MSRP (Plus destination fee). There are three trims to choose from with the 2020 Dodge Grand Caravan including the SE, SE Plus and SXT options. The best year for sales came in 2004, in the third year of the last generation with a remarkable 305,866 total vehicles sold. The population of minivans has decreased across the segment so FCA has decided to move on.
Breaking Down the Numbers
Just from 2018 to 2019, minivans saw 15 percent fewer sales. FCA also oversees the Chrysler brand and its prized Chrysler Pacifica and Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans. Both of those have done well and will continue to remain in production. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has plans to shift their focus to work on the Chrysler Voyager, which will replace the Dodge Grand Caravan. The Chrysler Pacifica will carry all-wheel-drive for the first time ever with the 2021 model year coming out later in 2020. The Voyager nameplate returned as the trim name for the low-end Chrysler Pacifica in 2019. The current Road & Track Performance Van of the Year is set to see its end in May 2020.
“This decision comes as the Company works to align volumes with demand while phasing out production of the Dodge Grand Caravan at the end of May. The Company will make every effort to place indefinitely laid-off hourly employees in open full-time positions as they become available based on seniority and will offer retirement packages to eligible employees,” a spokesperson for Fiat Chrysler said.
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