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A reprieve for the Caravan?

by Bill Cawthon on

Automotive News reported that the Dodge Grand Caravan will get a two-year extension beyond its original cut date, at the end of model-year 2017.

The industry weekly’s conclusion was based on a new contract between the Canadian auto-workers union and supplier Magna.


The Caravan remains a big seller; and, in Canada, sales of the Dodge overwhelm those of all other minivans, and the Chryslers are bit players.

The Caravan protects Pacifica prices in the US, by serving the needs of rental fleets and other price-sensitive buyers, bolstered by a Five-Year Cost To Own award from Kelley Blue Book. To keep it low-cost,  the Caravan will probably remain largely unchanged through the end of its run.

FCA US declined to comment, citing their policy on future product plans. 

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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