Fiat Chrysler will continue production of the Dodge Grand Caravan at least through the 2017 model year, according to internal company documents obtained by Automotive News. The minivan had been destined for the chopping block in 2016.
In its five-year product plan outlined last year, Fiat Chrysler made a decision to discontinue the Grand Caravan in 2016, and this could still happen if the automaker only plans a short run for the 2017 Grand Caravan. But perhaps FCA has changed its mind about cutting its most affordable minivan, fearing a loss of market share in the segment it created over three decades ago.
Production on the 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan will begin August 2015 and end in August 2016, according to the documents. The 2017 Grand Caravan should be largely unchanged from the current version and will head into production on August 23, 2016. Meanwhile, a next-generation Town & Country is scheduled to start production early next year. We’ve heard this model will feature a plug-in hybrid variant.
While the Grand Caravan may survive a little longer than we expected, don’t plan on a promising future for the model. A Dodge spokesman told AN that the Grand Caravan “will eventually be the minivan that goes away,” although the company won’t confirm when this will happen. So far this year, Grand Caravan sales are down 51 percent through May, largely due to three months of retooling at the company’s Windsor, Ontario plant that will produce the next-gen Town & Country.
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