Dodge Grand Caravan Axed, Fiat-Based Replacement Due in 2014

Colum Wood
by Colum Wood

With a new look, a new engine, a much improved interior and better ride quality you’d think the folks at Chrysler would be pleased with their new Dodge Grand Caravan? After all, it has even been met with much-improved comments from the automotive media.

It may have started the entire minivan segment, but Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne apparently cares little for history, deciding instead to axe the family hauler from the Chrysler brand lineup some time in 2013. According to a report by Automotive News the van will be replaced (along with the Dodge Avenger) by a single Fiat-based crossover model in 2014.

The Chrysler Town & Country (generally the volume seller and the more expensive model) will continue on as the brand’s only minivan. Of note, however, the Grand Caravan has actually outsold the Chrysler model by roughly 14,000 units so far in 2011. The decision is also a bold move outside U.S. borders where the Dodge Grand Caravan is the top selling minivan in Canada.

GALLERY: 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan

[Source: AutoNews]

Click here to read AutoGuide’s 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan review

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  • Halfclicked Halfclicked on Jul 15, 2012

    WHY would you stop making a van that people are buying??? It's those guys in the suits again, ruining our world.

  • Nonymous Nonymous on Feb 24, 2013

    excellent, 2 of my tops picks are gone, I can't wait to see the market punish Fiat for this. Hello Toyota GM, and Ford!