Chrysler Looking Ahead at Next Minivan


Detroit Free Press - December 16, 2012

With four design concepts in the mix, Chrysler continues to whipsaw on which brand will be the sole source of the next generation of minivan.

Check out the possible contenders.

The four concepts: a Dodge and a Chrysler minivan and a Dodge and a Chrysler crossover, are being shown to consumer clinics now as the company figures out how to badge them for sale in 2014 as 2015 models.

Currently the automaker sells two brands of minivan: the Chrysler Town & Country and the Dodge Grand Caravan. But when the next-generation redesign goes on sale, only one brand will sell a traditional minivan with sliding doors. The other will get a crossover that rides on the same underpinnings but with conventional doors.

Which storied minivan nameplate survives?