Chrysler to Extend Production of Grand Caravan, Avenger

Chrysler may be extending production of existing models such as the Dodge Grand Caravan and Dodge Avenger, The Detroit News reports. As the company continues to plan the future of Dodge, Jeep, and Chrysler, it appears fans of the current-generation Grand Caravan, Avenger, and Jeep Wrangler may have a bit more time to score a new model.

Production of the Dodge Grand Caravan will continue through late 2017, we hear. Previously, rumors suggested a Grand Caravan replacement would arrive in 2016, but the latest report says that project has been canceled. The Dodge Avenger may stay in production until the end of 2015 and the Jeep Wrangler until the middle of 2018, The Detroit News also claims. The next-generation Chrysler 200 sedan is still planned for a 2014-calendar-year debut. The Avenger was the best-selling Dodge for the first six months of 2013, with 61,018 units to the Chrysler 200 line's 75,015 cars sold during the same time.

As for Chrysler’s two minivans, the Dodge Grand Caravan is the more budget-focused variant, offering a cargo van bodystyle under the Ram brand as well as a base price in the low-$20,000 range with a standard V-6. Those seeking luxurious features might be better suited to the Town & Country, whose sales numbered just 93 units less than that of the Caravan through the first six months of the year.

While it’s looking like the Chrysler Town & Country might live to see a next-generation model as a traditional minivan, nothing has been officially announced just yet. One of Chrysler’s minivans could be repositioned into a slightly larger version of the Journey or long-gone Pacifica crossover. What do you think: Should Chrysler prepare a next-gen Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Town & Country, or both?

Source: The Detroit News

  Chrysler does need to develop these vehicles.  The current T&C and Caravan should be at the end of their life cycles, as should be the 200/Avenger.  That being said, I did recently have the opportunity to drive a 2013 Avenger R/T through Avis and came away extremely impressed.  The new ownership did a great job of improving this vehicle.  However, it's a bizarre platform.   I though the A and B pillars were too thick and the C pillar was ridiculous.  The windows were a bit short as well, which made for very poor visibility.     I'm going to put in my two cents here.  1) Update said vehicles.  2) Keep the T&C a minivan--it's pretty nice.  3) Develop a full size front wheel/all wheel drive platform for a Pacifica replacement and possibly a sedan that slots above the 300.  4) Develop an affordable Dodge sports car. 5) Please give us a hatch version of the Dart.  6) Chrysler 100--yes!  7) That Dodge Hornet sub-compact was pretty cool!  8) How about a true compact pickup, Ram?   I dont need to remind anyone that the Chrysler brand only has 4 products.  Who would have though that Mini would surpass them!

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