The last Dodge Grand Caravan has been produced at FCA’s Windsor Assembly Plant.
The final unit, a white Grand Caravan GT, is earmarked for the Canadian market.
Production of the Chrysler Grand Caravan will soon begin, which is the Canadian counterpart of the U.S.-only Chrysler Voyager.
A bittersweet moment, said Unifor Local 444 President Dave Cassidy. “You could put a piece of plywood in there. You could pile six kids in there. It’s a wonderful vehicle and to finish the Caravan off like that, it’s a sad day at Windsor Assembly.”
Ironically, the Dodge Grand Caravan is the best-selling minivan in Canada in the United States, proving that even though the outgoing-generation was long in the tooth, it still served a purpose for hauling the family on a budget.
On the other hand, minivan sales are slowing decreasing year after year, as consumers have been flocking to crossovers and SUVs for some time now. Although minivans like the Dodge Grand Caravan, but also the Chrysler Pacifica, the Honda Odyssey and the Kia Sedona, offer much more cargo space and versatility than any large SUV would, but it seems as though many parents are willing to sacrifice interior space for a trendier vehicle.
The last Dodge Grand Caravan to roll off the line is a white, loaded GT earmarked for the Canadian market. This range-topping trim level starts at $47,845 CAN before freight and delivery charges, but as these lines are being written, FCA Canada offers a cash purchase discount of up to $12,421. Year-long rebates also explain the minivan’s ongoing popularity despite its age.
As Dodge trims down its product lineup after the 2020 model year—both the Grand Caravan and the also-archaic Dodge Journey are retiring—FCA started production of the 2020 Chrysler Voyager for the United States as a more-affordable variant of the Pacifica. However, since the nameplate is still highly regarded, the Canadian-market version will be named the Chrysler Grand Caravan, and 2021 model-year production will soon begin.