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Dodge Grand Caravan, Avenger Getting the Ax

2012 Dodge Grand Caravan

Chrysler Group is eliminating the Dodge Grand Caravan minivan and Dodge Avenger midsize sedan and replacing them with one crossover vehicle in 2013, Automotive News reports.

The Grand Caravan’s corporate cousin, the Chrysler Town & Country, will still be sold, and the Avenger’s cousin, the Chrysler 200, will reportedly be replaced with a new sedan built on a FIAT platform in the near future.

"We cannot have the same type of vehicle in the showroom because the consumer is not stupid," Marchionne told Automotive News. "We're not going to create the confusion and conflict in the showroom."

2012 Dodge Avenger

Truck Trend says that with only one minivan in the Chrysler Group lineup, the Town & Country, the automaker can appeal to shoppers looking for a crossover SUV. “The company hopes it can retain customers by offering the crossover as a replacement to the Dodge minivan, while van purists could still buy the Chrysler version,” Truck Trend reports.

Dodge already has a crossover SUV, the Dodge Journey, and USA Today questions its future. “It is a bit smaller than a van and is loosely based on the platform and mechanical components of previous-generation minivans,” USA Today reports. “It shares some components with the Avenger.”

Chrysler Group will reportedly not add any Dodge or Chrysler subcompacts to their lineups any time soon. “That means the Fiat 500 will remain the group's lone subcompact in the United States for the next few years,” Autoweek reports.

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