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Chrysler Group LLC Celebrates 30 Years of Minivan Leadership This Fall


Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan to feature special 30th Anniversary Editions

With more than 13 million Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans sold since 1983, Chrysler Group tops the segment, selling twice as many minivans as any other manufacturer over the past 30 years

The creator of the minivan segment, Chrysler Group has innovated 78 minivan firsts since 1983, including class-exclusive Stow ‘n Go seating and segment leading Blu-Ray rear-seat entertainment system

Company is celebrating this milestone with new 30th Anniversary Editions that will feature unique content, such as commemorative badging, special paint and black interior trim


September 3, 2013 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -

It’s one thing to create an entirely new segment. To be an innovation leader in that segment for 30 years running is quite another accomplishment. Having sold more than 13 million minivans since first introducing the segment in 1983, and creating 78 minivan segment firsts, such as class-exclusive Stow ‘n Go seating and a segment-first Blu-ray rear-seat entertainment system, the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan are celebrating their heritage with 30th Anniversary Editions available this fall.

“The Chrysler Group is well known as the creator of the minivan, and these 30th Anniversary Editions are the perfect way to celebrate their leadership and longevity in the marketplace,” said Ben Winter, Vice president of Vehicle Engineering. “As the minivan segment and innovation leader, it’s important that we continue to offer tremendous content and value, setting us apart from the rest of the segment.”

The first Chrysler Group minivan rolled off the Windsor Assembly line on November 2, 1983, sparking a new segment of people movers that rose in popularity very quickly, transporting millions of moms, dads and kids, and becoming part of their families. Even after 30 years, the Chrysler Group continues to lead the segment. The Dodge Grand Caravan was the top selling minivan in the world last year and combined with the Chrysler Town & Country, accounted for nearly half of all minivan sales in the United States in 2012.

The Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan are built at the Windsor Assembly Plant in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

Chrysler Town & Country 30th Anniversary Edition




The 2014 Town & Country 30th Anniversary Edition is based on the Touring-L model and features unique exterior and interior content. All Town & Country models come equipped with the award-winning Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6 engine with a class-leading 283 horsepower and a refined six-speed automatic transmission. Exterior features on the 30th Anniversary Edition include 17-inch aluminum wheels with polished faces and painted Satin Carbon pockets, “30th Anniversary” badging and the availability of Granite Crystal Pearl Coat paint.

The luxuriously appointed interior features black Alcantara seat inserts with Nappa seat bolsters, piano black steering wheel bezels and instrument panel trim, third-row power folding seats, power folding mirrors, a 30th Anniversary logo in the gauge cluster and touch-screen radio splash screen, a 30th Anniversary logo on the key fob and Light Graystone lower instrument panel, Super Center Console, door armrest stitching and door panels. The 2014 Town & Country 30th Anniversary Edition also comes standard with the Driver’s Convenience Group that features heated first- and second-row seating, a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, power adjustable pedals, Keyless Enter-N-Go and bright door handles.

Available in unique Granite Crystal Pearl Coat paint, the Town & Country 30th Anniversary Edition is also available in Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat, Cashmere Pearl Coat, Crystal Blue Pearl Coat, Deep Cherry Red Pearl Coat, Stone White Clear Coat or True Blue Pearl Coat.

Dodge Grand Caravan 30th Anniversary Edition




The 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan 30th Anniversary Edition will be available on both the SE and SXT models, and will continue to set the mark in minivan value. The Dodge Grand Caravan continues to be the best all-around vehicle for young families with more value added features.

Equipped with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 with class-leading 283 horsepower and a six-speed automatic transmission, the exterior of the Dodge Grand Caravan SE 30th Anniversary Edition features unique 17-inch polished satin carbon aluminum wheels, body-color heated exterior mirrors and 30th Anniversary badging on the front fenders. Unique interior appointments include silver accent stitching and piano black accents throughout, black cloth seats, a black leather-wrapped steering wheel, black leather-wrapped shift knob, black headliner and overhead console , chrome heating and air conditioning trim bezels, power second- and third-row windows, a 30th Anniversary logo in the gauge cluster and a 30th Anniversary logo on the key fob. This special package also includes the Uconnect Handsfree Group featuring SiriusXM Satellite Radio with a one-year subscription, Bluetooth streaming audio and voice command and an auto-dimming rear view mirror.

Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 30th Anniversary Edition features all the same equipment as the SE, and adds premium appointments including bright chrome window trim moldings and roof rack, fog lamps, automatic headlamps, Black Torino Leatherette seats with suede inserts and silver accent stitching and a 10-way power driver’s seat.

Both models are available in unique Granite Crystal Pearl Coat paint and are also available in Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat, Maximum Steel Metallic Clear Coat, Bright White Clear Coat, Deep Cherry Red Pearl Coat, Redline Red 2-Coat Pearl, Sandstone Pearl Coat or True Blue Pearl Coat.

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Published on Oct 31, 2013

Chrysler invented the minivan, and now the segment is 30 years old. Chrysler Digital Media's Ed Garsten takes a look at the minivan's birth and where it is now, speaking with Reid Bigland, Head of U.S. sales for Chrysler as well as Pres., Chairman, CEO of Chrysler Canada Inc., a couple of employees of the Windsor, Ontario Assembly Plant who are still there, 30 years after the first minivan was built, as well as the plant manager. The plant is the only assembly plant that builds Chrysler and Dodge brand minivans

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