By on June 23, 2015

2015 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT Blacktop Package

Mourning over the loss of the Dodge Grand Caravan? You won’t need to pour a 40 out for your homie yet, as production will go on through the 2017 model year.

Per an internal document unearthed by Automotive News‘s sources, FCA will continue production of the minivan alongside the redesigned Chrysler Town & Country set to hit the line February 29, 2016. The 2017 model — bearing the same code as the 2015 edition — will join the T&C August 23 of the same year.

The continuation of the Grand Caravan — originally slated to end in 2016 — may be a hedge against losing market share over the T&C’s new look, and would also meet demand in Canada and from fleet owners.

A representative reiterated the Grand Caravan would eventually be discontinued, adding no further details on the continuation could be given at this time.

(Photo credit: Dodge)

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33 Comments on “Dodge Grand Caravan Continuing Into 2017 Model Year...”

  • avatar

    FCA really, really needs communication coherency with the public. I’m hearing rumors they are gonna cancel certain cars…but then spy shots prove that they are coming (300/ Jeep Hellcat by 2017).

    I can’t possibly see how Chrysler could chop off the minivans which it does so well. I just want them to attack quality and make them better.

    If Chrysler did a Town and Country SRT/ HELLCAT… it would sell every single unit produced.

    Sound Crazy?

    That’s cause it is.

    Dodge Durango SRT/HELLCAT? You betcha…

    • 0 avatar

      I can barely tell the difference between the Grand Caravan and the Town & Country, and I actually think about this sort of thing.

      Calling them all T&Cs simplifies the marketing, and doesn’t have any downsides, as far as I can tell.

      • 0 avatar
        Dave M.

        The Grand Caravan has always been positioned as the entry-level Mopar van for young families or those shopping budget. Perhaps that has been a little diluted over these past 10 years, especially after Plymouth’s demise (where a Chrysler-labeled Voyager joined their line up).

        The new Town and Country is trying to push upmarket (Honda Odyssey Limited territory); it might be wise to keep the Dodge around with an updated shell and mechanics to reach the $25-40k market…

        Also, the Dodge outsells the Chrysler by about 3:1…I don’t see fleets gravitating towards a Chrysler at the higher price point they’re targeting.

    • 0 avatar

      Three things would make the GC better:
      1) Better brakes
      2) A more comfortable driver’s seat
      3) An up-to-date UConnect display

  • avatar

    I’m more curious to know what’s happening with W-Impala. Chrysler would be wise to just keep the Dodge GC going for fleet till supply outstrips orders – Just call it RAM GC and be done with it.

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    They’ll make plenty of money selling these for cheap in the short term. Too bad about the lack of any long-term plan, for minivans or anything else.

    • 0 avatar

      Um, the all-new Town & Country is their long term plan as far as minivans go. What about introducing a fully redesigned vehicle leads you to believe its not a long term plan?

      • 0 avatar

        It’s being designed to compete on price with the Sienna and Odyssey. Sorry, Chrysler, you just don’t have the branding for that, and you won’t any time in the next decade. It looks like they are figuring that out, and the solution is to keep the old model hobbling along indefinitely.

    • 0 avatar

      They have a long-term plan.

      You get a supercharged HEMI!

      And you get a supercharged HEMI! And you get a supercharged HEMI! And you get a supercharged HEMI! And you get a supercharged HEMI! And you get a supercharged HEMI! And you get a supercharged HEMI! And you get a supercharged HEMI! And you get a supercharged HEMI! And you get a supercharged HEMI! And you get a supercharged HEMI!

  • avatar

    I would settle for decent protection in a crash. This rig is horrible.

  • avatar

    I like how they made sure to keep the RenCen out of this photo.

    Center it up on the Penobscot instead.

    • 0 avatar

      The little rubber mat in the center console cubby of the 200 has an outline of the Detroit skyline as well…absent the Ren Cen.

      • 0 avatar

        That’s good detail. Chrysler likes easter eggs, and that one is great.

        The 200 Super Bowl commercial, that still gives me chills, shows the RenCen, but it’s fleeting and without the GM logo.

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    “The continuation of the Grand Caravan — originally slated to end in 2016 — may be a hedge against losing market share over the T&C’s new look, and would also meet demand in Canada and from fleet owners.”

    So basically, the same trick that GM pulled with the Chevrolet Malibu/Classic, the Saturn Vue/Chevrolet Captiva, and the W-Impala.

    “Please rental companies, please don’t trash the resale value and lease rates of our new car”.

    • 0 avatar

      well…maybe, just maybe, the media and auto journal sites got it all wrong and it never was going to be discontinued?
      Sometimes I wonder where the initial news comes from…

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    I don’t know why they want to get rid of it so badly. It’s the number one selling minivan in North America. There is a lot of equity in the Grand Caravan name.

    The nameplate if not the vehicle itself should be kept around. Sure, a new Town and Country could be introduced, but keep producing/facelifting this generation as a Dodge and discount the crap out of it.

    • 0 avatar

      I assume it has to do with their goal of making Chrysler the mainline car brand and Dodge a “performance” brand. The (Grand) Caravan doesn’t really fit in with that marketing scheme.

      • 0 avatar

        So how exactly will Chrysler be both the mainline car brand and the upscale brand?

        Also, if Dodge is the sporty brand, then what else can it do? It looks like that leaves Dodge 2 cars – the Charger and the Challenger. The Dart seems like a forced fit with the sporty image.

        Which brand gets stuck with the fuel-efficient cars the government is forcing them to build? Still Dodge? Or will FCA just take the CAFE penalties like BMW does?

        Maybe this starts to explain why Marchionne is beating down the doors of every other company looking for a merger.

        The only really solid, distinctive, desirable cars that FCA makes are the Grand Caravan, T&C, Charger, 300, Challenger, Ram, Wrangler, and Grand Cherokee. What is the combined CAFE average of that group?

        How much Xanax do these auto execs go through on a yearly basis to cope with this kind of stress?

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    Yes, discontinue an economical, good-selling vehicle that every American and Canadian knows by name and instead, use the money saved to create an expensive sport sedan from an untested brand that looks like the cheapest sedan you sell in the lineup.

    And once again, Sergio is probably killing the Caravan in favor of the T&C thinking he can make bigger margins like Toyota and Honda do, but he’ll have a rude awakening if he wants to go against them on price.

    • 0 avatar

      FCA already obtains higher margins on the T&C vs. the Caravan, which is the reason one will be all new and the other will only continue so long as fleets and those wanting a value-packed vehicle on the cheap continue to buy it.

  • avatar

    I still keep thinking that the Grand Caravan was and is an unbelievable value for the money. It’s the mobility keystone for millions of at-risk families so I’ve expected its demise for years now.

    If they keep making it I’ll expect a significant price increase and no more Value Packages.

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    Oddly enough, an ad for Grand Caravan flashed on the side as I was reading this. If anyone thinks FCA has any hope of surviving on selling large vehicles with a 6-cylinder motor, auto transmission, air, etc. etc. for $19,995 (or about $16,000 U.S.), I’ve got a leaning tower to sell them.

    According to Canadian newspapers, their dealers are also stuffed with “nearly new” vehicles that were bought by the dealers to qualify for volume-related bonuses. FCA is clearly pursuing the “loss a little on each vehicle but make it up on volume strategy”, otherwise known as being crushed by their huge debt burden.

    • 0 avatar

      Yeah, because that exact strategy hasnt worked for Walmart.

      Selling Caravans for $20k didnt lead Chrysler to fail. Being raped by Diamler and passed off afterwards to a company that had no idea what to do with it were the major factors in their decline from their heyday in the 1990s/2000s. Chrysler built it’s modern self off of Voyager and Caravan sales. It gave them the R&D money to spend on the highly successful 1994 Ram pickup, as well as the first gen cloud cars (Stratus, etc) and Neon, both of which sold quite well and were a huge step up from the K-based Spirit/Acclaim and Lancer/Sundance they replaced.

      Yes, quality was always an issue with their products, but selling minivans to those looking for a-lot-of-family-hauler-for-the-money certainly wasnt.

    • 0 avatar

      Dodge Caravan is still the best selling dodge. It’s what saved Chrysler corp in the late 80s. If you were around for the late 80s early 90s, the minivan was THE goto vehicle to have, before SUV madness took over.

      FCA is going to be a world of hurt because of CAFE government regulations that they probably can’t meet, but that has nothing to do with the van itself and everything to do with being the smallest of the big 3, being raked over the coals by 2 terrible owners and a 3rd one that might not be that much better.

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    I think its a smart strategy. The R&D for these is already paid off. Chrysler won’t be able to charge Toyota/Honda prices, but they sure will try their hardest. Its a risky strategy and keeping the old GC around helps mitigate the risk.

    Chrysler will have a year or two to see how the T&C does in the retail market against Honda and Toyota. Charging higher prices will help pay off the R&D. When the GC is gone there is always the opportunity to introduce decontented entry level trim levels and offer rebates.

  • avatar

    The Dodge Grand Caravan is like the A-10 Warthog. The powers that be keep trying to kill it, but it survives because it is just so f’ing useful.

    • 0 avatar

      Don’t get me started on the A-10…

      God forbid the USAF actually prioritize CAS. Just let the Army or Marines fly them. Whenever I heard the sound of the GAU-8 30 MM cannon, I knew my day was going to get a little bit better.

  • avatar

    If they do end up killing this model (stupid, stupid . . . ), you will see Kia Sedona sales numbers shoot upward.

    Caravan buyers can’t afford a Siennassey, which is why they are buying the Caravan in the first place.

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