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?