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2015 Caravan: most affordable 3-row

The Dodge Caravan will remain the most affordable three-row minivan in America for 2015, with a starting price of $21,890 (including destination charge).  That’s for the American Value Package, a setup derived from the popular Canadian Value Package.

The “normal base” SE starts at around $3,000 more, with the well-equipped SXT coming in at $27,990.  The sport Dodge Caravan R/T, set up for better cornering and a snazzier look, tops the charts at $30,990.

The Grand Caravan is both the best selling minivan in America so far this year, and the fastest-growing, with sales up by 12%. For 2015, the R/T will get standard 17-inch polished aluminum wheels with gloss black pockets, all minivans will have standard daytime running lights, and there will be two new packages on SE and SXT. Both include Blacktop and UConnect Hands-Free; one adds a power driver’s seat ($995) and the other, the power window group ($1,195).

Timing for the new “RU” series minivans is uncertain, with a factory closure late in 2014 indicating an early 2015 launch, but Sergio Marchionne most recently projecting new minivans for early 2016.  Some sources have said that the current Caravan will continue for one or two years afterwards, while a full-size crossover is being designed and tested.

Chrysler Town & Country starts where Dodge Caravan ends, with the base LX at $30,990.

Read more at: http://www.allpar.com/news/index.php/2014/08/2015-caravan-most-affordable-3-row

No summer shutdown for Chrysler’s Jeep Grand Cherokee plant in Detroit; third shift to be added

Chrysler’s Jefferson North assembly plant will keep producing Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos straight through the customary two-week summer shutdown in early July, CEO Sergio Marchionne said Monday.

Sales of the mid-size SUVs are running ahead of last year’s pace through March by 44% for the Grand Cherokee and by 33% for the Durango. Chrysler’s U.S. sales have increased 39% for the first three months of 2012 from a year earlier.

All automakers will release their April sales in the U.S. on Tuesday.

The plant on Detroit’s east side, which employs about 2,900 workers on two shifts, has been working overtime on two of every three Saturdays, said Chrysler spokeswoman Jodi Tinson. The plant will be adding a third shift of about 1,100 workers next year.

Normally, the Detroit Three automakers and the UAW agreed to half production in the two weeks around July 4 because it enables the companies to balance their inventories with consumer demand and gives skilled trades workers to install new equipment needed for the upcoming model year.

Separately, Chrysler canceled the Monday morning shift at its Windsor assembly plant because of a strike by Canadian Auto Worker employees at a nearby plant that supplies instrument panels. Workers at Dakkota Integrated Systems in Lakeside rejected a contract offer late Sunday.

Tinson said workers on the second shift at Chrysler’s Windsor plant were asked to report to work. Chrysler assembled the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans at the plant.

As read on: http://www.freep.com/article/20120430/BUSINESS0103/120430046/No-summer-shutdown-Chrysler-s-Jeep-Grand-Cherokee-plant-Detroit-third-shift-added