Dodge Caravan going away
As each of the Chrysler brands lay out their game plans, one change is getting plenty of attention. Starting in 2016, the Dodge Caravan minivan will be phased out, leaving the company with just one minivan, the Chrysler Town & Country.
The change has been widely expected in the auto industry for some time, mainly because the Caravan has struggled to stand out in a market where it was often competing for buyers with the Town & Country.
Last year, Caravan sales slumped 12.3 percent to 124,019, according to research firm Autodata.
Its departure is noteworthy because the Caravan, along with the Town & Country, was one of the two models that started the minivan craze in 1983. In short, it saved Chrysler in some of its bleakest years.
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But although the Caravan was one of the best-selling vehicles for years, it eventually was passed by foreign models such as the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna.
Meanwhile, the Chrysler Town & Country will roll on. In fact, a plug-in hybrid version of the vehicle will be built in 2016, which would deliver the equivalent of 74 miles per gallon.
Chrysler plans to completely revamp its lineup by 2018, and more than double its global sales in the process.
—By CNBC's Phil LeBeau.
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