"Minivan divorce?"

For all twenty-seven years that Chrysler has built minivans, it's been selling them under at least two brands. With the 2014 model year, that's finally about to end. That's when a next-generation minivan arrives and the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan go their separate ways. Crucial to splitting the two lines will be a new architecture that allows for much more flexibility, including the ability to underpin a large sedan. One possible approach could be a mini-minivan in the vein of the Mazda 5 for one marque. Also expect to see hybrid technology under the hood later in the vehicle's life cycle.

Chrysler 300C SRT8/ Dodge Charger SRT8
More power and more technology for Chrysler's sportiest sedans.
WHEN Late 2011
HIGH GAS PRICES BE DAMNED The newest go-fast renditions of Chrysler's big sedans are both more powerful and more efficient than the previous versions, thanks to more displacement combined with cylinder-deactivation technology. Under low-load, steady-state cruising, the burly 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 fires only four of its cylinders. With all eight cylinders in action, both SRT8s have an impressive 465 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque to play with. Shift paddles, adaptive dampening, blind-spot monitoring, and adaptive cruise control are all new to the 2012 SRT8 sedans.

Dodge compact sedan
A Caliber replacement riding on Fiat underpinnings.
WHEN 2012
FIAT'S FIRST FIX The flagging Caliber is the first Chrysler product to receive major Fiat first aid. The next Dodge compact will be a sedan in place of the current hatch and will be based on the Alfa Romeo Giulietta chassis. A special fuel-economy package will yield 40 mpg.

C'mon VW, drop the Audi five cylinder in the GTI or Golf R.

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