Speaking at the Detroit auto show, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles chief executive Sergio Marchionne said that production of the Dodge Grand Caravan would likely continue beyond 2017. Reports from suppliers originally indicated that the minivan would be phased out by August 11 of this year.
While conceding that the Grand Caravan has limitations and is based on an old architecture, Marchionne maintained that it is “the most accessible minivan in the world” and will remain available until the company is able to offer “some level of affordable access to the Pacifica.”
FCA discontinued the Chrysler Town & Country and introduced the new Pacifica as its replacement last year, only to see deliveries of the cheaper Grand Caravan jump 26 percent. Pricing for the Dodge minivan begins at $24,590 compared to $29,590 for the Pacifica.
Marchionne also warned that next-generation replacements of other FCA vehicles would likely experience similar price increases as new architectures become more costly to produce.
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