It's the end of an era.
We weren't the only ones surprised by Dodge's best-selling vehicle from 2018. Dodge was too, as was expressed to us by one of its PR team members last January at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. The fifth-generation Grand Caravan surpassed the Charger, Challenger, Journey, and Durango by fairly significant margins. For example, the second-best seller was the Journey with a total of 94,096 units sold. A total of 151,927 Grand Caravans left dealer lots last year. Meanwhile, 65,947 Durangos, 80,226 Chargers, and 66,716 Challengers were sold. The Grand Caravan actually dates back to 2008 but it appears the end is finally near for the iconic minivan.
According to Automotive News Canada, citing data from AutoForecast Solutions, Dodge Grand Caravan production will end next May at the Windsor, Ontario manufacturing facility. In its place will be the "reborn" Chrysler Voyager, a more budget-conscious version of the Chrysler Pacifica.
The 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan has an MSRP of $26,790. Although the Chrysler Pacifica carries an MSRP of $27,235, the option packages quickly add up and most buyers spend closer to around $40k. The upcoming Chrysler Voyager, however, will begin at $28,480, including destination. Basically, the Dodge Grand Caravan and the Chrysler Pacifica will cost about the same, but the latter is a far more modern design inside and out.
The Dodge Caravan has been in existence since 1984. Along with the automaker's K-cars, the Caravan and Grand Caravan minivans helped saved Chrysler from financial ruin.
The person behind all of that? None other than Lee Iacocca, who just recently passed away. After his long tenure at Ford, Chrysler hired him as CEO in the late 1970s. He originally came up with the idea for a minivan while still at Ford, but Henry Ford II was not interested. Chrysler was and the rest is history.