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Last 2010 minivan at Windsor

by David Zatz on

The last 2010 model-year minivan is scheduled to leave the body in white section for the Windsor paint shop this evening. After system fill of the 2011 models, Windsor will shut down for a week, then start producing the highly anticipated 2011 Chrysler Town & Country and 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan.

The 2008-2010 minivans were, to many, a severe disappointment. Traditionally, Chrysler has leapfrogged competitors with each new minivan generation, but the 2008 models — particularly the “downstyled” Dodge — seemed to be more of a cost cutting, “cash cow” generation. A new 4-liter engine and six-speed automatic provided more power (and, starting in 2009, class leading gas mileage), but the tuning differences between Dodge and Chrysler models were dropped, the interiors were less attractive, and the Swivel ‘N’ Go seats were critiqued for their reduced comfort.

The 2011 minivans, in contrast, feature a superior Stow ‘N’ Go system, a more comfortable interior with a far more upscale look inside and out, and a standard 283-horsepower V6 engine with gas mileage similar to the outgoing 4-liter. All models will get the six speed automatic.

Rumor has the Volkswagen Routan version moving to the same powertrain, but not changing its styling or interior.

(Thanks, Cdnautowrkr444)

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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