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Caravan stumbles, loses minivan crown to Odyssey

by Bill Cawthon on

A 67 percent plunge in December sales of the Dodge Caravan ended Chrysler’s long reign at the top of the minivan market. The Honda Odyssey, with 135,493 sales, bested the Dodge which came in second with 123,479. The Chrysler Town & Country (118,563), which was the top-selling minivan in December, came in third, followed by the Toyota Sienna (115,944). 

For December, the rankings were Town & Country (8,152), Odyssey (6,950), Caravan (6,927) and Sienna (6,901).

Chrysler remains the clear leader in total minivan sales with a total of 242,042 Chrysler-badged sales and 3,387 sales of the Chrysler-built Volkswagen Routan.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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