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What does 880 mean? Here are the clues:

by David Zatz on

With one week to go, the mysterious “880” appearing on Chrysler’s web site can, perhaps, be decoded.

The first eight is blue and has eight people (or seven and a bassinet), perhaps signifying eight-passenger seating making a long-overdue return. This one shows a gasoline hose. There is also a dog and a video screen, and various forms of cargo.

Chrysler 880

The second eight and the zero are power cords, and are both green, while the first eight is blue; and it has what could be a windmill or a stylized wind turbine.

The zero also shows a power cord, perhaps showing that the minivan can run without gasoline — making the “single input” electric transmission a mystery. It is a plug-in hybrid, according to past information, which does indicate being able to run on electricity alone.

Update: Jerry Simcik suggested that the blue 8 could refer to the main minivan’s name, 800 (the crossover would presumably be 700), with the green “80” meant to be the electric range or the gas mileage of the hybrid system. Another member thought the 880 could signify the range.

The most likely uses of 880, as pure speculation, could be:

  1. The hybrid designator, e.g. Town & Country 880
  2. The tagline for the advertising/marketing of the hybrid system

 

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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