Dodge reduces pricing of 2011 Grand Caravan to $23,995

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 7, 2011

Dodge has reduced the price of the 2011 Grand Caravan Express by $1,000 to $23,995, making this minivan the lowest priced in the U.S. This MSRP took effect on March 1. Meanwhile, the MSRP for the 2011 Grand Caravan Mainstreet is reduced $250 to $25,745. The MSRPs of these two models do not include the $835 destination charges.

Fred DePerez, head of Dodge Minivan Marketing, said that it didn’t remove features from the 2011 Grand Caravan Express and Mainstreet models that were offered on the 2010 models.

In fact, the 2011 models were added with several safety, performance and efficiency features. He added that by cutting the price, it’s equivalent to informing the U.S. market that the company is concerned about their budget as well as their driving performance and safety. From January to February 2011, 18,368 units of the Dodge Grand Caravan were sold, making it the top-selling minivan in the U.S.

These sales are 34% higher than what was recorded in the first two months in 2010. The closest minivan rival sold 16% fewer minivans. The upgrades done on the 2011 Grand Caravan include a new fuel-efficient Chrysler Pentastar 3.6 liter, V-6 engine, updated front and side airbag system, and better interior comforts.

Dodge is introducing a minivan that features the driving dynamics of a performance sedan – the new 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan. Available in four configurations -- the Express, Mainstreet, Crew, and R/T – the 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan is now powered by a single engine.

Previously, customers have a choice between 3.3-liter, 3.8-liter and 4.0-liter V-6 engines. Now, the only powerplant available is the new 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transaxle. This Pentastar V-6 engine develops 283 hp in max output (197 hp in previous 3.8-liter V-6 engine) and 260 lb.-ft. in max torque (230 lb.-ft. in previous 3.8-liter V-6 engine). A great thing about this increase in power is that this was achieved sans any compromise in terms of fuel economy.

This news is complemented by the fact that the new 2011 Grand Caravan comes with a driver-selectable fuel economizer mode, which allows drivers to change the transaxle shift schedule in a single switch flip to optimize their fuel economy.

Likewise helping the new 2011 Grand Caravan achieve outstanding fuel economy and superb aerodynamics are the fact that it features new lower-rolling resistance tires and a new spoiler, as well as reduced brake caliper and rear bearing drag.

Moreover, the Dodge Grand Caravan now features a ride height that is lower by 12 mm than its predecessor. For the 2011 model year, the Dodge Grand Caravan received an epic redesign to match drivers’ attitude.

Part of this redesign is a new aggressive and imposing front end bearing the new Dodge signature "split crosshair" grille, a new hood and quad headlamps. On the back, the new Dodge Grand Caravan features a more sculpted rear fascia and liftgate as well as new rear "ring of fire" LED taillamps.

Of course, the new Dodge badge is mounted on the rear. Dodge has also installed a game-changer innovation on the 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan -- the Stow 'n Place roof rack system. Stow 'n Place allows the stowage of unused roof bows in the side rails, snapping them easily into place when needed. Stowed roof bows allow the 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan to reduced aerodynamic drag and wind buffeting, thereby improving the minivan’s overall efficiency.

Inside the new 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan is a new modern one-piece intuitive instrument panel that features larger, redesigned gauges and now boasts of improved ergonomics. Customers may opt for the newly available "super" center console for clever functionality and storage.

This "super" center console provides easy access with a pass-through storage space for larger items. The console is specified with trim rings that emit an ambient blue-green glow to enable passengers to look for the items at night. Furthermore, the new 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan comes with larger and now more comfortable Stow 'n Go seats.

Featuring a one-touch fold-down function, these Stow 'n Go seats feature premium seating materials that are soft to the touch. The same is true for the door trim. Drivers are treated to a new Dodge brand steering wheel with integrated controls for navigation, speed and audio control.

Also available is a minivan-first heated steering wheel. Ralph Gilles, President and Chief Executive of the Dodge Brand at Chrysler Group LLC, remarked that a driver needing the versatility of a minivan doesn’t have to settle for a boring driving experience.

This is why Dodge engineers redesigned and retuned almost every system in the minivan’s suspension. This overhaul, when combined with the new Pentastar V-6 engine, allows the 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan to provide a dynamic driving experience that is different from that of other minivans in the segment.

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