Dodge Grand Caravan is Now the Best Selling Minivan in The World


 
At Dodge, we’re pretty proud of the minivan. After all, we were among the first to breathe life into a segment that’s been safely transporting families all over the world for years. In 2010, we’ve once again taken the title of the best-selling minivan in the world. Last year, we sold 160,005 Grand Caravan models – beating out the Honda Odyssey’s 119,062 sales and the Toyota Sienna’s 113,179 deliveries worldwide. Here at home, the 2010 Grand Caravan took a very respectable bronze medal for U.S. sales last year, falling just behind the Honda Odyssey.

 
We’ve got our sights set on moving up in the U.S. market this year with our all-new 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan. With more functionality, a powerful and efficient 3.6-liter V6 and a beautiful new interior, we’re positive that minivan shoppers will like what they see. Of course, our 40 standard safety and technology features will likely do their part to win over hearts and minds, too.


  • HEMIhead

    I just had the opportunity to test drive the new 2011 Grand Caravan as a replacement for my tried and true 2001. Before I give my impression of the 2011, I have to mention that my 2001 GC Sport still drives and rides like day 1, even with 200k. It has the original front struts/rear shocks, the seats are awesome comfortable, and the 3.3L V6 to this day and transmission are mechanically flawless. The last 3 years I have only changed the oil and filter twice a year (every 6 months) and I have never changed the trans fluid or filter, only maybe what was covered under regular maintenance until the factory warranty had ended. So, to say the least, I got my money’s worth out of that van, and still having a hard time giving it up. When I test drove a 2010 last fall, I was truely dissapointed and would “NOT” give up my 2001 for it.
    I was really impressed with the 2011. It was a totally different beast as compared to the 2010 model. Nice seats that were reasonable comfortable, the stow and go in the second row is flawless. (However, the spare tire is under the front portion of the vehicle and not the rear as previous. Found this to be odd, and I imagine a PIA to get out when you are on the side of the road. I guess this is due to all the stow and go bins in the floor?) Nice smooth and firm ride, nice engine power. But, like all cars today, wasen’t sure I had access to all of it? With all the traction control and anti this and that I was not feeling all 283 HP for sure. Exterior looked nice and as good I guess as a minivan can get, miles ahead of the toyota and honda which looks frumpy and stationwagony. There were only two things which I didn’t like, and that was the speedometer is on the right side and Tach on the left. That will take some getting used to.
    Especially when I move from the charger to the van/van to the charger. No doubt I will be ripping off a few obscenities. The other thing that I was not impressed about was the MPG. Now, I have not driven the new 2011 enough to state a personal MPG, but just looking at the sticker it says 17/25 for the 2011 and my 10 year old van is 16/22. I do mostly city driving, so
    a 1 mpg gain over 10 years of development is not an acheivement by any means. (Wife was “NOT” impressed with this, with the fuel prices rising as they are). There is an ECONO button inside the 2011 that is supposed to net you another 1 MPG, and that works with trans shifting , faster up and slower down shifts and such. I know the new 3.6 has 283 HP and is larger than the old 3.3, but was it really worth it to have the MPG suffer? And with a 6 speed vs. a 4 speed trans also? Who knows?
    I should have the new 2011 van in the driveway soon. Overall, it’s a big improvement, and I think worth the wait in my case.
    Anybody wanting a minivan, I say go try it out, I think you’ll like it.
    Good job DODGE!

  • PomerMunkee

    Dodge: Give us the option again to have AWD! Some of us want the extra safety and will pay for it. And while your at it,give us the option for a hemi!

  • HEMIhead

    RLD, have contacted two local Dodge dealers in an attempt to order a 2011 GC, and not one of them can order the minivan I want, with the options I want. One dealership wouldn’t even discuss ordering anything, but the other dealership was helpful, but said they have two vans on the assembly line right now with the correct color, correct trim, but could not add the “Power Window Group” due to the fact those vehicles are in “D” status. When asked if they
    could place a new vehicle order they told me the color I want is now no longer available? Even though it’s shown in the 2011 GC Brochure. Grrrrrrrrrr! How frustrating! I have money and can’t even give it to you. I can’t imagine what those guys are going through trying to order a Challenger with the color and options they want.
    It looks like it may have to be brand X, can’t wait until 2012.

  • SUBLIME

    HEMIhead, what do you need power windows for…don’t you live in Canada? Does it get warm enough to roll down the windows? Ha Ha. It stays too hot in Texas to roll down the windows, although we are having a good March so far (89 degrees today). I will never forget the first vehicle I bought new. It was a 1988 Dodge Ram D150 two door and it was graphic red. I had to order it from the factory and it took me twenty minutes at the dealer to do so. They informed me that it might take eight weeks to get and I said that would be fine. Exactly eight weeks to the day I ordered it, and there it was. Why can’t they do that nowadays, especially when all of the dealers and factories are connected by the internet to place an order? They need to search their archives and find out what the procedure was back then. This whole new system is a nightmare. If I was Sergio or Ralph, I would have changed it years ago to the old system. Good luck in finding your van.

  • HEMIhead

    SUBLIME, Ya, believe it or not it does get warm enough to roll down the windows in the spring/summer at times. I’d rather live in Texas though. Want to switch? Having a nice little snowstorm here now as I write. It’s 22 degrees F outside now.
    The “Window Group” , a $550 option, is mind boggling to say the least. It gives you power second row windows and rear power vents. I could care less about the second row “sliding door” windows, but the rear vents are a must. My 2001 has power rear vents that I can open or close with a toggle on the drivers door, next to the other window switches. The reason I need it is because my old 1995 Plymouth Voyager had those typical manual snap-clamp type closers on the rear vents, and I always had to climb in over all the seats to close them because they were too hard for the kids to close, they needed some brute force. When you are driving you don’t have to pull off the road and stop, undo the seatbelt, climb over everyone to close them when somebody is cold. It was standard equipment on the 2001 and a few model years after, then they went back to an option again. Every new vehicle on the road today has power windows. Even the cheap cars. Heck, trucks even have power sliding rear windows now. It’s a stupid option. So, apparently I cannot buy a 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT, Deep Water Blue Pearlcoat, with the Window Group ($550) and Security Group ($575) options. The last dealer I contacted told me he searched Canada and there was not one in Canada with those options. So if anybody out there has this combination, keep it. It’s the only one on the road. Then he proceded to try and sell me a 2010 (Yikes!!!). On the Dodge.ca build it website, it lets me choose all those things and tells me to visit my local dealership to order. I go there, and it’s a different story. I have the financing in place and ready to go, and they can’t give you what you want. I told the salesperson to give me a call when Dodge decides to paint the vans something other than black, silver, red, or white. Boring! Not buying it!
    Good luck to all you guys/gals out there trying to personalize a new Challenger with the options/color you want. It’s a struggle to do it just on an A to B vehicle. Don’t trust the website or brochures for accurate order info. It changes as much as the stock market does.

  • JR

    Hey, PTB at Dodge!
    Still won’t buy an R/T without a sun/moonroof.
    Just another obstacle in giving us customers what we want.
    Not the only game in town, you know.
    Don’t want a T&C or Routan (both available with a moonroof).
    Both built at the same plant on the same assembly line.
    The top three Odyssey models come standard with a moonroof.
    C’mon, give it up.
    JR

  • HEMIhead

    Whew! Finally got the GC ordered! One dealership here went all out for me, and since
    problems with paint additives from Japan had put a hold on some colors, the Deep Water Blue Pearlcoat was once again a paint choice. Just have to wait out the build time. I should get it just in time for summer…..great timing!

  • HEMIhead

    Well, after a 9 week wait I finally picked up my 2011 Grand Caravan SXT. The van looks awesome from the outside. Front and rear are really nice. Looks great. The interior is nice,
    however, the stow and go seats are not really all that great. A lot better than what was offered for 2010, but still a compromise. Engine power seems pretty good.
    To be honest, this van don’t hold a candle to my 2001 GC. The ride, comfort, and conveniences inside the 2001 is way beyond what this 2011 offers, even after 10 years and 200K. I think the 2011 is what the Grand Caravan would have evolved into eventually if Daimler had not been in the picture. Oh well, Live and Learn. Let’s see if I can get 10 years and 200K from this one.