Grand Caravan orders close at the end of the month - for good.
If you're like most Americans, the Dodge Grand Caravan isn't a vehicle you spend an awful lot of time thinking about. The model has lost a lot of ground in US showrooms since before the Great Recession, as ever-more crossover utility vehicles have swooped in to offer customers a "cooler," sleeker-looking alternative to the hardworking minivan.
But if you are one of those new vehicle shoppers considering the Dodge Grand Caravan over, say, the Durango, you might want to act quick if you don't want to be constrained to whatever happens to be in dealer inventory; according to Mopar Insiders, FCA will stop accepting dealer orders very soon.
How soon? Mopar Insiders's sources say that Dodge Grand Caravan orders will cease at the end of the month, after receiving a stay of execution in the midst of the current global pandemic. The Grand Caravan won't make a return for the 2021 model year, owing at least in part to the fact it's no longer legal to sell in states that follow the California Air Resources Board's more strict emissions restrictions.
And anyway, the Dodge Grand Caravan has far outlived its original planned product life cycle. The family hauler was planned to be discontinued after the 2015 model year, but instead stayed on for an extra five years, during which time sales remained relatively slow.
The Windsor Assembly Plant in Canada where the Dodge Grand Caravan is built will run just a single shift for the time being, following its reopening just this week, until FCA and its Canadian union determine that it's sufficiently safe to add a second shift.
After the Grand Caravan ends production, it's unclear what, if anything, will swoop in to take its place. Currently, the plant also builds the award-winning Chrysler Pacifica minivan, but the relevance of the entire segment continues to wane.