Part of CEO Sergio Marchionne’s plan to consolidate the Chrysler Group’s models is to eliminate Dodge’s Grand Caravan in favor of the Chrysler Town & Country. Or is it? According to The Detroit News, the Dodge Grand Caravan may live on…but only in Canada.
The Chrysler minivans will get a complete overhaul in 2013. As we’ve previously reported, when the next-generation debuts, only Chrysler will get the new van and Dodge will receive a crossover on the same platform instead.
The Detroit News spoke with Reid Bigland, the head of the Dodge brand, who said that while there will be only one true minivan, it will wear different nameplates depending on what side of the border it was on.
“It would certainly be the Dodge Grand Caravan in Canada, but the Town & Country resonates more strongly here in the U.S., so that's going to be the van in the U.S,” Bigland said.
According to Bigland, the Town & Country outsells the Grand Caravan two to one in the States, but “it's just complete minivan domination” in Canada where the Dodge version takes 70 percent of minivan sales and is the third-best-selling vehicle in the country.
The 2013 Chrysler and Dodge vans will likely share all of their parts, with the exception of the badge. Chrysler will continue to build the vehicle at its plant in Windsor, Ontario, but is expected to offer both all-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic in the new vehicle.
Source: The Detroit News