Fiat Chrysler isn’t sure when the aging Dodge Grand Caravan might go out of production, company CEO Sergio Marchionne revealed to The Truth About Cars during this week’s Detroit auto show.
Early last year FCA said it would keep the Grand Caravan in production alongside the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica at its Windsor Assembly plant in Ontario. The Grand Caravan, which was the second-best selling minivan in 2016 behind the Toyota Sienna, is currently serving as a budget alternative to the more advanced and pricier Pacifica.
“That is the point of heated debate on the inside of FCA,” Marchionne said. “When we shut production of the Grand Caravan is not clear to us yet.”
Following the Pacifica’s debut at last year’s Detroit auto show, FCA passenger car brand boss Tim Kuniskis said the automaker would let the Grand Caravan’s market performance dictate its fate.
“Why not let the market decide?” Kuniskis said. “So we’re going to bring the (2017 Pacifica) out and keep the old one at the same time, covering the price classes and let the market decide how many they want to buy and how long they want to buy them.”
Marchionne dismissed rumors that the Grand Caravan would go out of production sometime later this year when speaking to TTAC and later said that only “probably,” wouldn’t happen. Based on Kuniskis statements, if the Grand Caravan sells poorly this year, it could be dead by the time 2018 rolls around.