2015 was a big year for cars. One of the biggest, as we highlighted earlier, the Dodge SRT Charger Hellcat was the Digital Trends Best Car of the Year. The Hellcats certainly were the biggest and most talked about vehicles of 2015. Going by sales, however, tells a different story for 2015. It seems this was the year of the minivan.
Chrysler and Dodge minivans led the nation in combined minivan sales. While the year started out smaller for the minivans, the end of the year turned it around. Over 167,000 Dodge and Chrysler minivans were sold in 2015, giving both companies some of their best months ever for their respective minivans.
In fact, the Chrysler Town and Country had the largest year-over-year sales growth of any other Fiat-Chrysler vehicle in the US. The increase for the US was 20% in November alone. It was a really good year for the Town and Country.
Not too shabby for a vehicle that is usually spoken of with a hint of despair under the breath due to the stereotypical nature of the minivan. The minivan has been around since the early 1980’s and who would’ve thought that it would be 2015 that ended marking one of its biggest years? The future is bright for the minivan as Chrysler will be looking to make some revisions and introduce a possible new face and a new look going forward.
The positive sales trend for Chrysler continued into October. Like many previous months, October was one of the company’s best, this one being the best since 2001.
“October marks our 67-th consecutive month of year-over-year sales growth and our best October since 2001.” Reid Bigland, head of US Sales said. “Last month’s sales strength continued to be broad based for the company with eight FCA vehicles setting October sales records across three of our brands.”
Each brand did extremely well in October. The Jeep brand pushed the biggest numbers, but Chrysler still managed show a lot of strength and break records itself. Sales as a whole, including the Chrysler 200, 300, and Town & Country were up 1 percent from last year’s October. The biggest winner in the Chrysler brand was the Town & Country. Its sales were up 4 percent, giving it the best October the minivan has had since 2007.
This year Chrysler is celebrating the 90th anniversary of its brand. To celebrate, Chrysler is producing special limited-edition 90th anniversary vehicles. They are looking to reward loyal fans and drivers.
Happy Anniversary Chrysler! It’s been 90 years, not too many relationships can last the test of time like you did, but you managed to pull it off. To celebrate, Chrysler will be releasing special editions of the 2016 Chrysler 300 and Town & Country.
The 2016 Chrysler 300’s 90th Anniversary Edition will be on the Limited trim level. This comes with a 3.6-liter V6 engine and the available rear or all-wheel drive. This model comes with a wide varity of technological offerings such as an 8.4-inch UConnect touchscreen with navigation and Sirius XM radio. The unique features on this 90th Anniversary Edition is on the startup splash screen with a special logo and premium floor mats with an embroidered logo.
The 2016 Chrysler Town & Country’s 90th Anniversary Edition is based on the Touring-L trim. It includes the same logos as the 300 on its floormats and startup splash screen. It also includes a power sunroof, chrome door handles, and heated seats on both the first and second rows. The engine is a 3.6-liter V6 with a six-speed auto transmission.
Chrysler has not announced a price on either models yet, so if you’re interested, keep your eyes peeled for more details. The vehicles are expected to be released later this fall.