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.
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.
Chrysler is planning to have their next-generation hybrid minivan to be a gamechanger. The company has invested more than $-billion into their Windsor Assembly Plant to bring this new minivan to life.
Sergio Marchionne, Fiat-Chrysler’s CEO, talked about the minivan in a conference call. “The minivan that’s coming out next year is a huge step forward for us not just in terms of renewal of a relatively old architecture, but also in terms of embracing plug-in hybrid technology.”
This response was to reporters asking Marchionne about the recent delays in some future Chrysler vehicles. He also responded with citing the five-year plan that was released in 2014 is fluid and able to change depending on the needs of the company.
Chrysler’s CEO Al Gardner was the one to claim that the new hybrid Town & Country will be a “game changer.” Back in April, he talked with Detroit News where he talked about how much a fuel-efficient hybrid minivan would change the market and that Chrysler wanted to be the first to that market.
The new Town & Country is slated to go into production in the first quarter of this upcoming year.
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