Fiat Chrysler has been apprehensive to let go of the Dodge Grand Caravan. Production of the entry-level minivan has persisted, despite the company focusing on the much newer Chrysler Pacifica. Apparently FCA’s love affair with the old Grand Caravan will come to a close next year.
Automotive News reports AutoForecast states the Grand Caravan will cease production at FCA’s Windsor, Ontario assembly plant on May 22, 2020. Production was originally slated to end in December 2019, but FCA pushed the date back further to give them more time to promote the 2020 Chrysler Voyager as the Grand Caravan’s indirect replacement.
News of the Grand Caravan’s death comes as little surprise. Last month FCA revealed the Voyager with a nearly identical starting price to the Grand Caravan, telling the media the Voyager will handle lower-end minivan buyers.
The Voyager is basically a Pacifica with less equipment, meaning the Voyager is significantly more modern than the Grand Caravan. Voyager also offers a specific trim level for daily rental fleets, a big customer to the Grand Caravan.
FCA says the Voyager will begin arriving at dealership this fall, and it apparently has until May 2020 to take full hold of the Grand Caravan’s buyer base.