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    2012 dodge grand caravan.jpgOver a year ago, Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne stated at
    the Detroit Auto Show that one of the two existing Chrysler minivans would be
    killed off in an effort to remove redundancy among the brands.  Since the Chrysler Town & Country and
    Dodge Grand Caravan are nearly identical in every way, one of them is being
    removed and considering that the sales of the two are similar and the Town
    & Country demands a higher purchase price – many expected that the Dodge
    would get the axe. 

    However, based on comments made by Marchionne recently
    during an interview with Automobile Magazine, the Chrysler boss confirmed that
    it is indeed the Chrysler Town & Country will be the minivan meeting its
    demise in 2014.  This year, the Dodge
    Grand Caravan has been the better seller through the first five months by some
    10,000 units and combined with the fact that the Caravan name literally
    launched the minivan segment – it doesn’t come as huge shock that the Fiat-run
    Chrysler Group will spare the Grand Caravan while killing off the Town &
    Country.

    Chrysler expects to replace the slot in their brand lineup
    currently held by the Town & Country minivan with a new crossover that will
    likely offer similar seating and cargo capacities to the T&C minivan but
    with a look unique to this new CUV.  We
    can expect the new Chrysler crossover to be lean more towards the minivan end
    of the design spectrum – possibly including a higher ride and four wheel drive
    systems to make this vehicle more capable than the outgoing minivan.

    Production of the Chrysler Town & Country will
    continue through the middle of the 2014 calendar year but after that,
    the Dodge Grand Caravan will be the only minivan in the Chrysler Group
    lineup.

     
     
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