Say Goodbye To The Dodge Journey And Grand Caravan

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Both are being cut from 2021's lineup.

The minivan was once a staple of American suburbia, a constant that it seemed would be around forever. But these days, buyers favor crossovers and SUVs more than anything else, and the end of the road has now arrived for the Dodge Journey SUV and Grand Caravan minivan, both of which have been axed for 2021. This marks the first time in 38 years that the Dodge lineup will not include a van. Looking at how many vans Chrysler and Dodge have sold over the years, it's fair to say that the segment made a lot of revenue for FCA, but now the manufacturers of the world are focusing on their most popular models only.

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This exclusion of these models means that Dodge will only be offering three specific models for 2021 in the Charger, Challenger, and Durango. This makes a fair amount of sense considering all the obscenely powered machines that Dodge has been releasing; nobody really thinks of soccer-mom-mobiles when it comes to Dodge and this fits the brand's image.

If you still want an FCA van, there is still the option of Chrysler's Pacifica or Voyager. Still, we wouldn't be surprised if these were eventually phased out too or reinvented as crossovers or SUVs sometime in the future. That said, it is still an odd thing to think that the minivan may soon be a thing of the past.

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FCA's more streamlined product offering has meant that Ram, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, and Chrysler are all going to offer four or fewer models for 2021. With attention being diverted towards electric vehicles in an effort for brands to remain relevant, this kind of downsizing will likely not be permanent. Individual brands will instead look for ways to increase the strength of its market share and become more attractive to environmentally conscious buyers and those who want to be ready for the inevitable future where gas-powered vehicles are no longer sold off the showroom floor. At least cars like Dodge's Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye will keep the fire burning a little longer.

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