Dodge Grand Caravan Production Ending In May 2020

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, Automotive Editor - March 3, 2020

For 35 long years, the Dodge Grand Caravan has been an icon in the minivan segment. Acting as one of the longest nameplates in the world of minivans, the Grand Caravan has always been a favored option for families on a budget. Among newer, more modern minivans, the Grand Caravan is a dinosaur. And just like those prehistoric creatures, the Grand Caravan is going extinct later this May.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced the news recently, bringing the minivan's long-running history to an end. When Chrysler announced the Voyager, a cheaper variant of the Pacifica, we had a feeling that the Grand Caravan’s end was near. We just didn’t know when the official date would be. The last time FCA stated that the production of the Grand Caravan would come to an end was nearly two years ago.

Despite its age – the current Grand Caravan came out in 2011 – Dodge’s sole minivan was incredibly popular. Automotive News claims that the Grand Caravan outpaced every other minivan to be the segment’s best-selling option. Deliveries may have fallen by 19%, but the Grand Caravan still accounted for a total of 122,648 units, besting Chrysler’s Pacifica, which came in third place with a total of 97,705 units sold.

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For some states, the Grand Caravan’s death will come sooner than later. According to the Dodge website, states that follow California’s more stringent emissions standards, which are called ZEV states, will not be able to purchase the 2020 Grand Caravan. The minivan’s 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, reportedly, doesn’t meet emissions standards for the new model year in these locales. The issue will make finding the last model year of Dodge’s minivan trickier for some consumers.

With limited availability and the end of the Grand Caravan coming soon, consumers wanting a minivan will be forced to go with another option. The 2020 Grand Caravan costs $28,785, making it the third most affordable minivan on the market. The most affordable option is the Chrysler Voyager, which starts at $28,480 so we see a lot of shoppers considering a Grand Caravan moving to the Voyager. That’s probably what FCA wants anyway. With Chrysler introducing an all-wheel-drive version of the Pacifica recently, consumers wanting a people carrier with all-weather versatility will be able to stay within the FCA family.

Other minivans include the Chrysler Pacifica ($35,240), Kia Sedona ($28,720), Honda Odyssey ($31,910), and Toyota Sienna ($32,760). With the top dog now out of the picture, we’re sure other automakers are happy about the news. It means more consumers will be shopping around for a choice and could go with something outside of FCA’s line.

Like with nearly every other body style available, minivans have dropped in popularity because of consumer interest in SUVs. Once the ideal family vehicle, minivans have gone ignored as more automakers introduce three-row SUVs of all sizes. Beyond looking more stylish than minivans, SUVs are more rugged and have available all-wheel-drive systems. Consumers also have quite a lot more three-row SUVs to choose from than minivans.

In addition to announcing that the Grand Caravan would be phased out at the end of May, FCA also stated that its Windsor Assembly Plant in Ontario, Canada would move to a two-shift operation (from a three-shift schedule) in June. The change would result in roughly 1,500 layoffs.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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