The Dodge Grand Caravan is dead. Long live the Dodge Grand Caravan.
We first heard almost seven years ago that Fiat Chrysler wasn’t so sure about this whole Grand Caravan story, but it’s managed to keep going ever since, even as minivans were getting more and more out of style and SUVs were really taking over.
Well, more, according to Autoblog. The Grand Caravan is the best-selling minivan in the United States, but that was not enough to convince Dodge to keep it.
The FCA confirmed this week that Dodge will end production of the Grand Caravan and Journey after the 2020 model year, leaving the brand without front-wheel drive crossover for the first time since 2008, and without minivan for the first time. for almost four decades.
Oh yes and the Journey is dead too. Sales for the two fell about 20% in 2019 from the previous year, but Dodge still sold nearly 200,000 Journey and Grand Caravan combined last year. Which makes his decision to walk away from it a little confusing even if none of the cars had been updated in a decade.
Instead, what we have is more like a brand decision than something based on sales numbers or the rich history of the Caravan. FCA had said earlier this year that the Grand Caravan was about to go out, but today Dodge has made it clear that it wants to be known for its muscle cars, and little else.
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Dodge, which helped usher in the era of minivans, is now fully dedicated to muscle. The Journey utility vehicle and the venerable Grand Caravan, the best-selling minivan in the United States last year, disappeared after the 2020 model year.
Tim Kuniskis, Director of FCA Passenger Cars for North America, said the automaker has kept the Challenger, Charger and Durango cool over the years by continuing to offer surprises and “embrace our strengths” “
At a press conference, Kuniskis said the brand “offers our passionate, committed and very vocal performance enthusiasts exactly what they want: more performance.”
I think I would have preferred a future where Dodge chose instead to continue manufacturing the Grand Caravan and Journey for 10 years without updates, and maybe 10 years after that, just to test the time it takes consumers to notice when you stop updating your vehicles. But we get the world given to us, not the world we want.
The Caravan was born in 1983 and created a new segment in the automotive industry, a segment that was actually created decades earlier. But we will save this discussion for another day. RIP caravan.