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Plug-in hybrid version of the next-gen Chrysler Town & Country minivan coming earlier than expected

Chrysler already announced that it will idle its minivan production at the facility in Ontario, Canada because it has to pave the way for upgrades in the first and second quarters of 2015. The American carmaker is preparing the site for the production of the next-generation minivan, which was confirmed as a Chrysler-only model.

The next-generation Chrysler Town & Country minivan will arrive in late 2015, which is a year earlier than expected. As you may know already, Chrysler revealed in its 5-year business plan that the new vehicle will powered by a petrol engine and a battery pack.

Chrysler’s Al Gardner suggested that a plug-in hybrid minivan could achieve fuel economy that would rival the Toyota Prius, but we need to see those official numbers in order to believe it, right?

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2014 Chrysler Town & Country 30th Anniversary Edition

Chrysler minivans have been around since 30 years ago. In celebration of this milestone, 30th Anniversary Edition packages have been launched for the 2014 Chrysler Town & Country and the 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan. In November 1983, the first ever Chrysler minivan was built. Since then, over 13 million minivans have been sold by the automaker.

Aside from the “30th Anniversary Edition” badges, the 2014 Chrysler Town & Country 30th Anniversary Edition also gets a set of 17-inch wheels with dark accents and an available granite crystal pearl paint color. This minivan is based on a Touring-L model. Its interior gets black Nappa leather seat bolsters with Alcantara inserts, piano-black trim for the steering wheel and instrument cluster, power-folding third-row seats, power-folding mirrors, and another 30th Anniversary Edition logo on the keyfob.

In addition, the Town & Country gets the Driver’s Convenience package, which puts in heated first- and second-row seats, a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, power-adjustable pedals, and push-button start. About the same upgrades are seen on the 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan 30th Anniversary Edition. It is fitted with 17-inch wheels, unique badges, optional granite crystal paint, and piano-black interior trim. Both SE and SXT models of the minivan can get this package.

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2013 Chrysler Town and Country S has a sinister look

The 2013 Chrysler Town & Country minivan will get several major changes, one of which is the appearance of a sinister-looking ‘S’ trim level. The model will make its debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show later this month. Before this model arrived, this was the only Chrysler model that didn’t have this trim level. Chrysler gave the seven-passenger family truckster some “downtown style.” Some of the aesthetic features of Chrysler’s 200S and 300S models will be seen on the Town & Country S.

The van gets some contrast from the exterior brightwork, which consists of a black chrome grille insert, headlamps with blacked-out bezels, and winged Chrysler emblems with black backgrounds. It uses thin-spoke 17-inch aluminum wheels that are nearly identical to those seen in other Town & Country trims but it now comes with black-painted pockets as accents. With regards to paint, there are four exterior colors to choose from. These are Brilliant Black, Deep Cherry Red, Stone White, or Billet Silver.

The color schemes of the interior and exterior match. The monotone black cabin gets a black headliner, black upper consoles, and a black center console. A piano black finish is used on the door trim, dash trim, and appliqués applied to the steering wheel spokes. The seating surfaces are composed of a combination of black Torino leather but accented with Ballistic cloth seat inserts.

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Chrysler will drop the Jeep Compass and replace Town & Country with a crossover

Sergio Marchionne, the CEO of Fiat and Chrysler, said that in 2014, the Jeep Compass will be discontinued by Chrysler Group. The Chrysler Town & Country minivan will also be replaced with a crossover. These are included in Marchionne’s efforts for each Chrysler Group brand to have an identity that’s more distinct and to prevent overlaps in products similar to what happened during the DaimlerChrysler era.

Chrysler has to work on this since more than 90% of its dealers offer all four volume brands -- Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram. The Compass and the Jeep Patriot are similar. Meanwhile, the Town & Country is a lot like the Dodge Grand Caravan minivan.

The Town & Country will be replaced by a smaller Chrysler-brand crossover but the name will be kept. The changes in the Town & Country changes mean that Chrysler (which created the traditional minivan) will only offer one minivan -- the Grand Caravan.

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Don’t mourn for the Dodge Grand Caravan minivan just yet. Chrysler Group has denied a report from Bloomberg last week that 2012 is going to be its last model year, according to a source. Under Chrysler's 2009 product plan, the Grand Caravan and its Chrysler Town & Country minivan line mate would stay in service until 2014.

Chrysler sent a statement to Automotive News to say that the company “hasn't wavered” from its five-year cycle plan for two minivans. It said that no change will take place until 2014 for the Grand Caravan and Town & Country. Chrysler-Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne said last week that its next minivan would use a new platform in 2014 as planned.

Last month, Marchionne was asked by analysts at a conference call about development expenses for the next minivan. He replied that the company is currently studying the minivan issue but that most of it will take place in 2013. Nevertheless, it’s obvious that Chrysler's product planning office has something up its sleeve. Chrysler had presented a minivan concept named the 700C at last January’s Detroit auto show.

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Chrysler brand CEO Saad Chehab said that the Chrysler Town & Country should remain if the Chrysler Group decides to trim the number of its minivans from two to one.  Chehab's statement was in reaction to Chrysler-Fiat chief executive Sergio Marchionne’s declaration that Chrysler needs a newly designed minivan with the Town & Country and Grand Caravan being merged into a single vehicle. 

Chehab remarked that the Chrysler Town & Country is the “bread and butter” of his brand, thus it should not be replaced.  He noted that Town & Country has always led the way for the business of minivans, adding that brand loyalty is one of the factors why the minivan should stay.

“If we were to combine them into one minivan, Town & County has the natural fit to continue,” Chehab said to reporters before being named “Newsmaker of the Year” by Crain’s Detroit Business, an affiliate of Automotive News. Comparing the sales of the two minivans, however, the Grand Caravan seems to have an edge, outselling the more expensive Town & Country by 18 percent -- 110,862 to 94,320.

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The Chrysler Town & Country may be able to wrestle the top sales crown away from the Honda Odyssey as it is on pace to hit sales of 102,495 units in the final month of the 2010. Since 1983 when its first magic wagon was built, Chrysler has dominated the minivan segment so it would be a source of pride for the company to reclaim the top spot.

In December 2010, sales of the Honda Odyssey totaled 98,035 units. This model had led the field during the last two years. Other rivals include the Toyota Sienna (89,509 sales year-to-date) and the Dodge Grand Caravan at 89,057. Minivans were prioritized by Chrysler throughout its history.

When Daimler AG acquired Chrysler in 1998, it scrapped plans to produce a Mercedes minivan. When CEO Sergio Marchionne was appointed to the position, he sought to restore a third shift of minivan production at the Windsor plan in anticipation of rising sales. Olivier Francois, head of the Chrysler brand, said that its goal is to become the leader once again.

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Part of Chrysler’s plan to rebuild sales, the 200 sedan and Town & Country minivan are the first to roll out. The Town & Country and 200 will arrive in dealerships this December while the marketing launches will take place in early 2011. Olivier Francois, brand CEO and head of marketing for all Chrysler Group brands, said that Chrysler has yet to choose its advertising agencies.

The 300 large rear-drive sedan will arrive in the market in March while the 200 convertible will be seen at the Los Angeles auto show and will start selling in April. Those four vehicles are expected to sustain the Chrysler brand until Fiat-based vehicles begin arriving in 2012 and 2013.

A dual-dry clutch transmission, which is sourced from Fiat, will be offered on the 200 sometime in mid-2011. It will only be installed along with the 2.4 four-cylinder world engine produced at Chrysler's Dundee, Mich., engine plant. Initially, the 200 will be available with the Pentastar V-6 engine, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission; and the four-cylinder engine, which is offered with either a four- or six-speed automatic transmission.

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Earlier today we told you that the 2011 Chrysler 200 Sedan will carry a price tag of $19,995, but this is not the only news from the American manufacturer. Chrysler also announced the pricing for the 2011 Town & Country minivan, which promises to offer innovative technology as well as all the standard features a family needs.

For the 2011 model year, the new Chrysler Town & Country minivan offers a redesigned suspension, a new powertrain with best-in-class horsepower but also a completely new interior.

The interior is the big surprise, as it offers a heated steering wheel, new Stow ‘n Place roof rack system, a new super center console for first- and second-row passengers and new fuel economizer mode capable to change the transmission shift schedule.

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Besides the Fiat 500 Sport, the 2011 Chrysler 200 Sedan and the 2011 Jeep Patriot, Chrysler Group also released today the first photos of the new 2011 Chrysler Town & Country minivan which offers revised styling, new powertrain and an abundance of standard safety features.

According to Chrysler the new minivan comes as standard with SafetyTec, a package of 40 standard safety and technology features such as Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path Detection, available only on the company’s minivans. Also, the car features improvements to ground-breaking innovations like the Stow ‘n Go seating and storage system.

Furthermore, the manufacturer offers a dual dvd system that can play different media at the same time, SIRIUS Backseat TV which offers three channels of children’s programming and FLO TV which features 20 channels of live programming – both of which are exclusive to Chrysler Group minivans.

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As you may know already Chrysler has more than 26 years of unsurpassed leadership in minivan engineering and design with its popular Town & Country and in order to celebrate this the American manufacturer revealed the 2010 Chrysler Town & Country Walter P. Chrysler Signature Series. Marking its 20th year as the segment's foremost luxury minivan, the 2010 Chrysler Town & Country Walter P.

Chrysler Signature Series carries a 3.8-liter V-6 engine and fluid six-speed automatic transmission and features an even more luxurious interior with seating and trim combinations in Dark Slate Gray and Light Shale.

The Macassar Range wood trim is paired with satin finishes on the instrument panel and doors while the all-new, two-tone Light Shale seats with Dark Slate Gray bolsters feature perforated leather and are finished with French-seamed stitching.

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