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Here come the new minivans (corrected)

by David Zatz on

Chrysler’s 2017 minivans are widely expected to debut at the Detroit Auto Show in mid-January, but will not hit dealers for some time afterwards, to make sure they are “up to snuff” in reliability.

Earlier, we reported that Chrysler will would be making final-production 2017 minivans for fast-feedback testing and long-lead journalist review today. However, the plant is closed, making that unlikely. Pilot vans have already been made for months. 

Plant workers have said that, as with any completely new vehicle, there are still some issues to be shaken out, including trim and body-in-white production issues. These are to be worked out before retail minivans are made (the problems may already have been resolved) and are one reason why pilots are made so long before production.

The new vans have reportedly finally changed from the old rear suspension setup, and use a new transmission, with rumored all wheel drive (used by Chrysler in early vans) and hybrid versions. The current generation is to be produced at least into 2017.

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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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